by Geoff Larcom, Published May 01, 2014
YPSILANTI – This summer marks a grand milestone for Pease Auditorium, the classic concert hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
Pease is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and starting today, May 1, the campus will abound with recognition of the centennial celebration.
Two large banners highlighting Pease’s special place in Eastern’s history and the area’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene will be displayed on the building along with eight light-post banners on streets surrounding the building. In addition, there will be 10 large signs on easels and 10 foam core cutouts of Pease placed in high-trafficked locations throughout main campus, along with social media and campus digital boards.
“The 100th anniversary of Pease Auditorium represents a significant and proud moment in Eastern Michigan’s 165-year history,” said Diane Winder, head of the EMU Music Department. “We are recognizing this celebration in numerous ways around campus, so everyone can get in on the excitement.”
“The DSO is honored to participate in the celebration of an auditorium, campus and community with such a deep and rich history,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “Congratulations, and all best wishes for the next 100 years of enduring and endearing partnerships and performances.”
The celebration will culminate on Friday, June 27, with an appearance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Acclaimed American conductor JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the DSO in a special performance celebrating the centenary of Pease, where the DSO also was among the first to play at the venue in 1914.
The program will feature Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo & Juliet, as well as famed clarinetist David Krakauer performing George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 children under 18 and students.
Pease, which is located near intersection of West Cross Street and College Place at the eastern end of the EMU campus, is an ideal facility for lectures, small commencement ceremonies and concerts of varying types.
The auditorium is named after Frederic Pease, a professor of music from 1858 to 1909 and head of the conservatory at Michigan State Normal School, the former name for EMU.