The School of Music uses the 585 seat concert hall as its main concert venue for large ensemble performances, full-scale opera productions, faculty recitals, and guest artist appearances. Most of the School’s faculty and student ensembles present concerts each year including FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence the Amernet String Quartet, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, the FIU Wind Ensemble, various jazz ensembles, and large choral ensembles. It is professionally equipped with a 40-foot retractable screen, a Panasonic projection system, exceptional acoustics, and state-of-the-art lighting.
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The Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ is the spotlight of the performing arts center. The prestigious 125 year old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. It features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes. Just as the Herbert and Nicole Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts was made possible through the generosity of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, so has their kindness made FIU the recipient of this exceptional instrument. In gratitude, the university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim, who passed away in 1997.