Wall-breaking ceremony kicks off recital hall construction

groundbreakingThe Louise E. Addicott and Yatish Joshi Performance Hall came one step closer to reality with a “wall-breaking” ceremony on May 8. Yatish Joshi took the first swing with a sledgehammer to begin demolition in Recital Hall.

“It felt good to swing the hammer and kick off the construction phase of this project,” Dean Marvin Curtis says.

The renovations are made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation to honor the life and vision of Louise and her daughter Georgina, who performed at the Recital Hall. Louise Addicott-Joshi believed in the importance of providing young musicians and singers with educational and career development opportunities and supporting the public performance of music in South Bend.

The 224-seat venue will replace the current Northside Recital Hall and become home to performances of chamber music, soloists, and small ensembles.


Features will include a new lobby and box office, green room and dressing room areas, a Steinway piano, a deeper stage, comfortable seating, and handrails.

Music students and faculty will be able to take advantage of the facility’s new state-of-the-art Constellation sound system, which is capable of producing professional-grade recordings. Constellation’s groundbreaking technology also enables the room’s acoustical properties to be carefully tailored to suit the needs of each performance.

The renovations were designed by CSO Architects of Carmel, Ind. The construction contract was awarded this week to Gibson-Lewis, LLC. Work on the hall will begin later this month, and the new hall will open in spring 2014.