Concordia St. Paul News

July 18, 2016

Buetow Auditorium Undergoing Major Renovation

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center Auditorium will have a completely different look and feel when the 2016-17 academic year begins as it is currently undergoing a complete renovation thanks to the generous gifts of several benefactors. When completed, the 42-year old facility will be transformed into a modern, state-of-the-art performance venue that will greatly enhance the student experience at CSP.

The majority of the changes will enhance the auditorium’s acoustics and aesthetics, while nearly $125,000 is being spent on upgrading the facilities’ 43-rank Schlicker organ, the last built by Herman L. Schlicker.

Longtime music professor Dr. David Mennicke, who has led performances in the Buetow for the past 27 years, is thrilled to see the enhancements, as they will benefit both students and the Concordia community.

“It has been great to see the progress over the summer, and I think the campus community will readily see and appreciate the changes that will make it a better venue for many of our large events,” Mennicke said. “For the music department, our hope is that musical hearing for both performers and listeners will be improved, making it a more effective and rewarding place for musicians to learn, grow and share their art.”

Buetow updates include:

  • Seat Replacement and reconfiguration (adding handicapped seating, adding center, front and back aisles for improved accessibility)
  • New and Expanded Stage (refinished stage extended by five feet)
  • Acoustic Panels (will provide better quality sound for audience and performers)
  • New Paint (gray paint scheme throughout facility)
  • LED Lighting
  • New Controls for Lighting and Sound System
  • Assisted Listening Device installed (provides accommodations to individuals with hearing loss)

A public open house for the renovated Buetow Auditorium will occur during CSP’s 2016 Homecoming festivities on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An organ rededication recital will take place Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

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