The Springfield Municipal Complex was dedicated by President William Howard Taft in December 1913. In his dedication, Taft praised the three buildings as "one of the most distinctive civic centers in the nation, and indeed, the world."
Originally known as "The Auditorium," Symphony Hall is renowned as much for its "perfect acoustics" as it is for its Greek Revival architecture. It is part of the architecturally significant Springfield Municipal Group, and sits beside an ornate, 300 foot tall Italianate Campanile, which, in turn, is located next to Springfield's Greek Revival City Hall. The Municipal Complex's architecture is a notable example of the City Beautiful style made popular by Daniel Burnham, an architect from Chicago, Illinois, in the early 20th century.
Initially it seated over 1,000 more people; however, it has been renovated several times to meet modern seating standards - and modern body sizes - and thus lost seats. The Auditorium was renamed Symphony Hall during the 1940s, after it became the main performance venue for the progressive Springfield Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to Broadway-style theatre, children’s programming, internationally-recognized speakers, as well as numerous concerts and performances.(1)
Janis Joplin played the Auditoriium on November 26, 1969, according to her concert web site.
While it still retains its old style theater feel, today’s concert goers will feel right at home with the latest in acoustic enhancements and comfortable seating.
Springfield Symphony Hall was rededicated in 1980 and underwent an extensive renovation in the fall of 2004.
Symphony Hall is managed by Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation and is a recognized not-for-profit theatre. SPADC also manages CityStage in downtown Springfield.
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2.)^Kelly, Rav, Forgotten concerts:, 2012-05-12, http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/forgotten_concerts_led_zeppeli.html