Home to the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community. Since the opening of the Schwartz Center in February 2003, the arts have assumed a more visible, central place on Emory's campus. Because the arts are among the most exalted and enduring cultural achievements of civilization, Emory is proud to provide a place where cultivation of the arts through teaching, learning, encouragement, and stewardship can thrive. Students, faculty, and world-renowned guest artists combine their talents and hard work to create an experience that brings culture, beauty, and provocative work to the community.
In this video students talk about the performing arts at Emory.
Emerson Concert Hall is an 800-seat hall with choral balcony and orchestra pit. The architectural design is a shoebox design based on the Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Concert Hall & Boston Symphony Hall. It has multifaceted walls creating no parallel surfaces providing for the best possible acoustics and acoustic banners that can be adjusted to make the space acoustically correct for any kind of music ensemble or concert. The hall was funded by and is named after Atlanta scientist Cherry Logan Emerson who earned both a BA and MA from Emory in the 1930s. It houses a 14-ton Werner Wortsman Memorial Organ built by top North American builder Daniel Jaeckel, which was installed in 2005.
The 135-seat Theater Lab is used by Theater Studies and resident professional theater company Theater Emory as a classroom, rehearsal and performance space. The theater suite is complete with a full light and sound control booth, storage rooms, a theater design classroom, theater observatory classroom and student lounge. It is often used for readings for the Playwriting Center’s biennial Brave New Works Festival and the annual Lenaia Student Playwriting Festival.
The dance studio serves as a classroom, rehearsal, and performance space for the Emory Dance Program and Emory Dance Company. The 125-seat space has an activity sprung floor with an extra layer of foam and is covered with black “marley.” It is the only space designed exclusively for dance in the metro-Atlanta area. The facility is equipped with a lighting and sound control booth, artist and faculty offices, storage, student lounge, and a warm up room. The Emory Dance Company (EDC) is a student-based performance group that performs two major concerts annually.
The Schwartz Center Chace Gallery houses rotating exhibits from Emory faculty, staff, alumni, and other members of the Emory community. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.