Hill Auditorium is the largest performing arts venue on campus and one of the jewels of the U-M. Since its opening in 1913, the impressive structure, known for its superb acoustics, has served as a showplace for important debuts from a wide variety of the arts, and is known and loved throughout the musical world. Hill has hosted the likes of Rachmaninoff, the New York and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, Leonard Bernstein, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, Benny Goodman, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsburg, and Bob Marley & the Wailers, just to name a few. The hall was designed by the Detroit firm of Albert Kahn and Associates, which constructed many notable structures in Michigan, including the Rouge River plant in Dearborn, and U-M’s own Angell Hall on Central Campus.
Many events hosted by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the University Musical Society (UMS) are held at Hill Auditorium, a venue that seats 3,500.