The centerpiece of the UCSC Music Center is the 396-seat Recital Hall, a carefully designed acoustically variable performance space featuring a state of the art sound system, theatrical lighting capabilities, and a motorized orchestra pit.
The Recital Hall can literally be tuned to customize acoustics for different styles of music. Inset chambers may be exposed or covered by curtains to brighten or extend sound and a movable canopy suspended above the stage may be raised or lowered as needed. To counter unwanted reverberation, the hall has been constructed with contoured interior walls and with specially designed seats that have perforated bottoms to absorb sound when not in use. For more information, consult the detailed description of the Music Center's acoustic design elements.
Other features include an orchestra pit floor, state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, and audio and video links to an adjoining recording studio and classrooms. A full description of the hall's features is available.