Our Vision

  • Expansion
  • Renovation

Creating New Spaces for Powerful Musical Experiences

The 64,000-square foot expansion is designed to facilitate greater community connections. New public gathering areas and backstage space will enable our partnerships and artistic collaborations to flourish. A new, three-story lobby with overlooking terraces and enhanced amenities on all levels will connect to Powell Hall’s renovated concert hall and foyer.

Education and Learning Center

The 3,660-square-foot Education and Learning Center will serve as a new space for the SLSO’s wide array of education programs, housing rehearsal and performance space for the Youth Orchestra and two resident choruses as well as spaces for lectures, readings, immersive performances, receptions, and community gatherings.

New Gathering Areas & Amenities

The expansion features four distinct entrances as well as additional restrooms, concessions, and elevators. New spaces include a multi-story lobby and Box Office, café with terrace, coat check, and a new donor lounge. 

New Backstage Wing

Significantly more backstage space with new amenities for artists will include orchestra and guest artist dressing rooms, musician lounge, music library, new practice spaces, instrument storage, and media and recording studios.

Preserving and Enhancing a Beloved Concert Hall

This much-needed renovation—the first since 1968—preserves and enhances what you love about Powell Hall, including its architectural splendor, beautiful foyer, and world-class acoustics. You’ll experience a more welcoming and comfortable environment in which to enjoy music. Behind the scenes, systems throughout the building will be updated and made more efficient.

Auditorium Upgrades

New auditorium seats will be larger and deeper with more leg room. Accessibility in the 2,150-seat theater will be improved through additional ADA-compliant entrances, flexible seating, handrails, and a softer auditorium slope

Artistic Quality

Audiences will enjoy an enhanced experience through acoustic and lighting design and soundproofing measures.

New Viewing Space

Families with young children, patrons with sensory sensitivities, and late attendees can enjoy performances from the a new viewing space.

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