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Hamel Music Center unveiled

First-look tours of the new Hamel Music Center, which will serve as the primary performance venue for UW-Madison's Mead Witter School of Music, were held on Monday, Sept. 16. Located at 740 University Ave., the Hamel Music Center is the first academic building on campus to be built entirely with private funds. Slated to open for performances in early October, the Hamel Music Center features cutting-edge acoustic technology designed to prepare students to perform at the highest of professional standards. As a “learning lab,” it also provides students with a recording studio and access to lighting technology to gain valuable production experience. The building's three performance halls include the 660-seat Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall, the 300-seat Collins Recital Hall, and the Sing Man & Florence Lee/Annette Kaufman Rehearsal Hall. The two-story glassed-in lobby, including the Lau & Bea Christensen Upper Lobby, will provide a welcoming gesture to passersby, accommodate pre-and post-concert receptions and promote regular interaction among students and faculty. Photos by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison. (For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email

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