Where We Perform
The University's Auditorium and Recital Hall are two of the finest performance spaces in Chicago. Originally designed by VOA Associates Inc., in conjunction with Schuler & Schook, Inc. Theater Consultants, and the Talaske Group, Inc. - Acoustical Consultants, the Recital Hall was completed in 1999, and the Auditorium in 2004.
The 425-seat Auditorium is an ample, yet intimate, room with excellent sight lines. The versatile stage is suitable for music, theater and dance. The Auditorium is equipped with a theater lighting system, wireless digital sound system, acoustical shell and ceiling, dance floor, a Steinway Model D piano, projector, screen, and many other professional-grade appointments. Full-scale opera, musical theater, symphony orchestra, instrumental and concert ensembles, choral and dance performances, and lectures regularly happen here.
The Recital Hall seats 170 in an acoustically pleasing setting. The Chicago Tribune has hailed the Recital Hall as "a gem of a space boasting exceptional acoustics." The Recital Hall is also known as the "jewel box" and is where the Jewel Box Series gets its name. The Recital Hall has two Steinway Model D pianos, an authentic Wolf 18th century reproduction of a French double-manual, transposing harpsichord (built in 1975), and many other professional-grade appointments. The Recital Hall is a favored space for WFMT-produced "Live Music in Chicago" programs which feature Jewel Box Series concerts regularly. The Recital Hall is an ideal space for recording, as well as for live performance.
Afternoon and evening concerts are offered in these venues throughout the year including performances by students and faculty. Guest artists are featured in performances produced by the University's Office of Cultural Events which includes the Jewel Box Concerts, Ensemble Español, and The Ruth Page Dance Series, among others.