A CENTER OF MUSICAL INNOVATION
Since 1928, the concert hall at Mills College has hosted performances that have shaped the course of contemporary music in our time. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the opening of the hall, Mills has completed an extensive renovation project to upgrade the facility and restore it to its acoustic and visual splendor. Named in honor of a noted Mills alumna and patroness of the arts, the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall opened to the public in February 2009 with a six-concert music festival—Giving Free Play to the Imagination—inspired by the architectural embellishments that boldly decorate the interior of the hall.
Concert Hall Renovation and Restoration
The renovation of the concert hall took a team of architects, acousticians, art conservators, wood and stone workers, and seating designers 18 months to complete. Highlights of the renovation included:
- New acoustic panels for enhanced sound quality
- Expanded stage area for larger performances
- Installation of a dedicated mixing station
- Soundproofing for performance and recording quality
- Comfortable new seating and improved layout for a better audience experience
- Restoration of the vibrant Boynton frescoes and murals that adorn the hall
Center stage are the newly restored choir loft murals that depict the California landscape and pay tribute to Mills' home. Ornate wrought-iron and mica chandeliers illuminate the gold and multicolored frescoes that encircle the interior walls. New reproduction lead glass ceiling panels add a finishing touch to this richly decorated hall.