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Dec.19, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

Hill Auditorium reopens with vibrant look, updated features

EDITORS: Note special logistics for reporters and photographers

DATE: Jan. 8, 2004

EVENT: Hill Auditorium, cultural icon for both the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor, will reopen to the public following a $38.6 million renovation. Visitors will see that the paint scheme has been restored to the original Arts and Crafts period of a range of warm grays, blues, golds and deep red-browns. The brilliant lighting design, also true to the original, accents the distinctive parabolic performance space. The auditorium has two new staircases and a new lobby created in the lower level.

The reopening events will include remarks by principal players in the project, including University President Mary Sue Coleman, and a short musical program by School of Music students. Following the program, the public is invited to take self-guided tours, with docents available to provide information.

Hill Auditorium, designed by noted architect Albert Kahn and opened to the public in 1913, had not undergone a major renovation since 1949. It is the oldest and largest assembly hall on the University Campus.

PUBLIC EVENTS
1 pm - Brief program and music
2 -3 pm - Tours

MEDIA ACCESS
10 a.m. Hill open for media photos and tours
11:30 a.m. Media access to private luncheon – 10 minutes for photos
12:45-1 p.m. Media availability by President Mary Sue Coleman, Dean of Music Karen Wolff and University Musical Society president Kenneth Fischer


Contact: Joanne Nesbit
Phone: (734) 647-4418
E-mail: mjn@umich.edu

Contact: Diane Brown
Phone: (734) 936-2323
E-mail: dianebr@umich.edu