I was surprised to find while looking over my blog stats this afternoon to find that, of search phrases that bring visitors to the blog, “hill auditorium” was the second highest. This is not to say that it brought a lot of visitors — only 7 — which makes me think that people are interested in performances more than musical instrument studies. (Duh?!) Nonetheless, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium seems to bring a lot of traffic here. This is likely due to my May post on the pipe organ in Hill Auditorium, “The 1895 Columbian Organ,” which was really just a positive reaction to James Tobin’s article about the instrument in Michigan Today.
If you end up here with an interest in Hill or in the pipe organ, you probably want to know more than I wrote in that post. I’d recommend first, if you’re interested in the building’s history, to read Tobin’s article. Next, you might want to visit some of these links:
- A brief history of Hill Auditorium, including photos and early history of the building. The page is maintained as part of the UM History project of the Millenium Project, which provides an interactive, digital campus map that lets you search for and interact with historical information about campus buildings. This page is my top pick for historical information. Worth a look for any UM enthusiast or historian!
- A short brief on the history and architecture of Hill Auditorium, hosted by the Bentley Historical Library.
- Text of the dedication speech by Governor Woodbridge Nathan Ferris from the building’s dedication in February 1913.
- A short biography of UM Regent Arthur Hill (UM, class of 1865) (in pdf format), original donor and namesake of the building. This information is from the Saginaw Hall of Fame, where Hill was inducted as an honoree in 1965.
- General information about Hill Auditorium from the UM School of Music, including rental rates and a Hill Auditorium seating chart.
- Technical specifications of the stage and equipment from the School of Music.
- Technical specifications of the E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, a.k.a. the Frieze Memorial Organ, at Hill Auditorium, hosted by the University of Michigan School of Music.
- Driving and parking directions to Hill Auditorium from the Campus Information Centers.
- Information about the major renovation of the Auditorium, which took place between 2002 and 2004. The page includes photos of the renovation, another brief history, and a few press releases.
- A page on the building at Arborwiki, and the page on Hill Auditorium at Wikipedia.
- Or perhaps you want something a little more fun? Check out one of the live recordings of the Grateful Dead’s December 15, 1971 concert at Hill (see the poster) or the November 16, 1994 performance by Phish!
Other ideas? Add links in the comments, please!