Hult Center for the Performing Arts

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Hult Center for the Performing Arts
The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts facility in Eugene, Oregon, that opened in 1982. It is located adjacent to the Eugene Hilton and the Eugene Community Conference Center, which were also completed in 1982, as part of the same urban renewal project. The Hult Center and the Community Conference Center were built using funds that were approved by voters in 1978. Twenty-seven architectural firms competed for the opportunity to design the Center, but in the end, the Eugene City Council awarded the contract to the New York firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. The firm had previously designed the $7.5-million, 2,700-seat Minneapolis Orchestra Hall and the $13-million Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance and other facilities
The Hult Center houses 2 performance halls, a meeting venue, a public art gallery, and an off-site outdoor amphitheater:
  • Silva Concert Hall, 2,455 seats
  • Soreng Theater, 498 seats
  • The Studio, capacity - 200
  • Jacobs Gallery
  • Cuthbert Amphitheater, in Eugene's Alton Baker Park, approximately 4,500 seats.

Resident companies
Resident companies at the Hult Center must satisfy a minimum number of performance and audience attendance requirements. In return, they enjoy certain priority scheduling privileges and hall rental discounts. The residency requirements are not always easy to achieve or maintain. The current resident companies are:
  • Eugene Symphony
  • Eugene Ballet
  • Eugene Opera
  • Eugene Concert Choir
  • The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
  • Oregon Bach Festival
  • Oregon Mozart Players

Other local performers at the Hult center
  • Ballet Fantastique
  • Dance Theatre of Oregon