Weber Music Hall
Duluth, Minnesota

How do you create a 350-seat hall for a 70-piece orchestra? Cesar Pelli’s answer was to create a gem-like building with a small footprint and a high copper-shingled dome. The dome gives the building a distinct look and presence, while providing the acoustic volume necessary for large ensembles. The main floor is divided almost equally between the concert platform and the seating area. A second-level gallery encircles the entire room, and provides seating for audience and chorus. Absorptive draperies ring the hall at each level, and can be adjusted to suit the ensemble size and repertory. Gene Leitermann was project manager for Theatre Projects Consultants.

Institution
University of Minnesota Duluth

Design Architect
Cesar Pelli & Architects (now Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)

Executive Architect
Stanius Johnson Architects (now TKDA)

Acoustician
Jaffe Holden Scarbrough

General Contractor
Johnson Controls

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
25,500

Cost
$9.2 million

Completion
2002

Users
UMD Department of Music
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
Twin Ports Wind Orchestra

Spaces
350-seat recital hall (plus 75 chorus seats)

Photo: © Pete Sieger © Bobak Ha'Eri