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Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem

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Zoellner Arts Center is an arts center located on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It opened in 1997, having been endowed by a $6 million gift from Robert Zoellner ('54) and his wife Victoria.
The center houses the following facilities:

Baker Hall - a 1,014-seat auditorium with a multi-purpose proscenium stage, suited for concerts, stage productions, ceremonies and lectures.

Diamond Theater - a small 309-seat 3/4 thrust theater with steeply raked stadium seating suited for theatrical and small music groups.

Black Box Theater - a smaller 125-seat theater

A two-story art gallery

Additional facilities including several rehearsal rooms, recording studio, dance studio, practice rooms, scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms and green room, classrooms, music library, box office, faculty and staff offices, and three large lobbies and a 345-car parking deck attached to the building.The venue has had a wide array of performers, including: the New York Philharmonic and Itzhak Perlman, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and Laurie Anderson, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, the Aquila Theatre Company, Lily Tomlin, Bernadette Peters and Queen Latifah.

The progressive rock music festival NEARFest is held each summer at the arts center as well, though it is not affiliated with the university.

The building was designed by Charles Dagit of Dagit Saylor Architects in Philadelphia.
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  • We've come to several performances at Zoellner--concerts from the Bach Music Festival, shows from Touchstone Theatre, and, most recently, a stirring concert from Festival Unbound. The seating is... 
    We've come to several performances at Zoellner--concerts from the Bach Music Festival, shows from Touchstone Theatre, and, most recently, a stirring concert from Festival Unbound. The seating is...  more »
  • Attended a jazz concert here.. the seats were comfortable, the sound was great. They blocked off the balcony with a large black curtain since it was not needed. This gave the theater a very intimate....  more
    Attended a jazz concert here.. the seats were comfortable, the sound was great. They blocked off the balcony with a large black curtain since it was not needed. This gave the theater a very intimate....  more »
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  • Zoellner is a nice venue on the Lehigh Campus. We'll laid out, easy to get around. The parking garage is attached for easy access. Comfortable seating with excellent acoustics. Enjoyed our program very much.
  • Alex Radus had his CD release performance which featured my pic's when did a live show at Godfrey Daniels Coffee house

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