A Newfound Appreciation

Take a look! The Bienen School of Music has a brand new music building and it’s called the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. Situated in the Northwestern Arts Circle, it is flanked by the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the Block Art Museum, and the Theater Interpretation building. Surrounded by the various artistic endeavors that occur every day here at Northwestern, the new building offers not only gorgeous views of the lake, but a view of the Chicago skyline itself, which can actually be seen through one of the recital hall’s amazing full glass walls:recital638

My fellow school of music students and I have had the fortune to have class in this magnificent structure starting last spring, but the finishing touches were just finished at the end of this past summer. Now, the building is fully open and hard working musicians fill the space every day.

If you also happen to be on the tech staff for what was formerly known as the Pick-Staiger Concert Management Office (like me), it means that this new building is also now your new workplace! As a stage manager and recording technician, I will be managing and helping out with concerts in many of the performance spaces in Ryan Center. I just had my first training shift today and after having seen the ins and outs of the new performance venues, I can confidently say we have one of the greatest performing arts centers in the world.

Here’s to three more years of unforgettable memories here at Ryan Center, Bienen, and Northwestern.