Anderson, Mason, Dale Architects, Architect; Denver CO
Auerbach, Pollock, Friedlander, Theatre Consultant; San Francisco, CA
The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, located on the University of Denver campus officially opened in the fall of 2002 with the commencement of classes, and the three main performance venues officially opened in spring 2003.
The 183,000 square foot Newman Center is divided into many academic and rehearsal spaces as well as multiple performance venues, including Virginia E. Trevorrow Hall on the north end of the building, which houses the Lamont School of Music. Made up of seven structurally-isolated buildings including Trevorrow Hall, the other performance venues include the Byron Theatre, a five-sided flexible space capable of seating up to 350; the 950-seat Gates Hall, a lyric theatre that is easily transformed into a concert hall; Hamilton Recital Hall, with 225 seats and an organ by Karl Schuke.
Serving over 150,000 people, the Newman Center hosts 500 performances, including theater, dance, jazz, world and classical music presented by promoters with international touring acts, local performing arts organizations, and the University’s own musicians, singers and thespians.
The diverse programs performed by students and professionals called for adjustable acoustics systems in each of the performance spaces, rehearsal halls, faculty teaching studios, and virtual practice rooms. These adjustable systems provide users with the ability to optimize the acoustical environment not only for the specific musical piece and instruments employed, but also for the various performing arts disciplines served by the center.
In addition to the Lamont School offices, the academic and rehearsal spaces include specialized rehearsal halls for large instrumental ensembles, jazz, and opera; a recording studio; a music library; faculty studios; and practice rooms.