IU Musical Arts Center to undergo renovations

As part of the Indiana University Bicentennial, the auditorium at the Center for the Musical Arts at the Jacobs School of Music will be renovated for the first time this summer. The facility, built in 1971, is home to the IU Opera and Ballet Theater as well as dozens of concerts each year.

The project includes replacing the original 1,460 seats and carpeting, as well as adding accessibility measures, which means a small number of seats will be removed. The summer renovations are funded by a donation from the IU Foundation’s Well House Society.

IU President Michael McRobbie made the announcement during the opening performance of IU Opera Theater’s “La Traviata” over the weekend.

“The news of the Musical Arts Center’s seating and carpeting renovation is an exciting development – the fulfillment of a long-held aspiration of many MAC patrons,” said Gwyn Richards, Dean and Managing Director of the Bicentennial of David Henry Jacobs. from the IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theatre. “As we celebrate IU’s bicentennial, these donations will prepare the Musical Arts Center for the Jacobs School of Music’s centennial celebration which begins in 2021.”

Renovations are expected to begin this summer and will take place around previously scheduled events. Renovations will be complete by fall ahead of the 2020-2021 MAC performance season.