Eisenhower Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 2,500, is Penn State’s primary theatrical performance space. Opened in 1974 and later named for former University President Milton S. Eisenhower, the modern-style venue hosts hundreds of events each year. Most Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentations occur on the Eisenhower stage. The Nittany Valley Symphony is another leading user of the performance space.
Famed artists and ensembles including Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Tori Amos, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter, Tom Chapin, David Copperfield, John Davidson, Evelyn Glennie, Martha Graham Dance Company, Marilyn Horne, Billy Joel, Bill T. Jones, B.B. King, Kronos Quartet, Dave Matthews, Midori, Wynton Marsalis, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, Della Reese, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Andre Watts, Yo Yo Ma, and many others, have graced Eisenhower's stage.
The auditorium serves everything from University commencements to Future Farmers of America conferences. Center for the Performing Arts offices – including the Arts Ticket Center, which handles ticketing services for College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State units plus other clients – are located in the building.
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