Directed by: Sophia Kruz

Written by: Anna Prushinskaya


Audra McDonald, Brad Ziffer, Brett Hyberger, Dale Reeves, Daniel Belnavis, David Gates, David Kennedy, Denise Fleener, Ernestine Ruben, Eric Storhok, Frank Ascione, Gilberto Gil, Ines Storhok, Jerry Blackstone, Jim Lankford, Joanne Navarre, John W. Reed, Joshua Bell, Kenneth Fischer, Mark Clague, Mary Sue Coleman, Melissa Golliday, Michael Kondziolka, Michael Quinn, Olivia Hernandez, Pamela Lewis, Phyllis Herzig, Richard Lesueur, Sara Billmann, Stephen Schram, Steve Van Beckum, Susan Fisher, Susan Jones Williams, Valery Gergiev, Wadad Abed, Willis Patterson, Zack Taylor


One of the most storied venues in the United States, Hill Auditorium, located on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, opened on May 14, 1913. Designed by the renowned architect Albert Khan and boasting one of the world’s finest acoustical designs, Hill Auditorium has been a true cultural incubator for the arts community in southeast Michigan for the past 100 years. With a rich history of performances by the world’s top artists, Hill Auditorium is a shining example of how investment in the arts cultivates a vibrant, engaged community. In many ways, Hill Auditorium is more than a gathering place for music enthusiasts; it has been the beating heart of civic life in Ann Arbor for a century and has created a self-perpetuating reputation for attracting top talent, both to the venue, the university, and the city itself. Through concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews, A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS in Hill Auditorium provides historical context for the auditorium’s role as a UMS anchor-venue and highlights its evolving community function. 


“Researching and producing A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the history of my own community,” said UMS Video Producer Sophia Kruz. “I grew up in Ann Arbor, and have fond memories both performing on Hill's stage and attending concerts in the hall. Prior to starting this project, I was certainly familiar with how important Hill Auditorium has been to the southeastern MI community over the past 100 years. What I didn't realize, however, was how many other members of our community share such deeply personal relationships with the hall, and how important Hill Auditorium is to them as well.” 


“The role that UMS has played in the formation and evolution of Hill Auditorium over the last 100 years is something that we are very proud of,” said UMS President Kenneth Fischer. “The strong feelings of connectedness that Ann Arbor residents feel with Hill Auditorium are just as enthralling as the great artists who have performed here. And we are simply thrilled to have a documentarian as talented as UMS’s own Sophia Kruz to tell this story for us with such integrity and impact.”