Photo gallery Hamel Music Center prepares for final tuning
The final touches of construction were being put in place during a preview tour of the Hamel Music Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Sept. 16. The Mead Witter School of Music is looking for volunteers on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20, to quietly take a seat in the audience of the performance halls while professional acousticians perform the final tuning, measuring and evaluating the sound of various instruments and ensembles. You may bring a book, a laptop, a tablet (silent mode only, please!) and enjoy the ambiance as School of Music musicians play excerpts — perhaps many times over — and sound engineers manipulate motorized curtains, banners and other surroundings to ensure a clean, crisp soundscape in each of the building’s two performance halls.
Photos by Bryce Richter / University Communications
The finishing touches are being placed on the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall.
Audience seating in the concert hall.
Circles play a continuing motif in the Sing Man and Florence Lee/Annette Kaufman Rehearsal Hall.
Overhead lighting in the rehearsal hall.
Acoustical panel fabric in the rehearsal hall.
The Collins Recital Hall.
Detail of the wall panel fabric in the recital hall.
The lobby features a custom copper-pipe chandelier provided as a gift from the Class of 1965.
The main lobby stairwell.