Tucson Music Hall renovations complete in time for reopening

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – If you have tickets for an upcoming show at the Tucson Music Hall, expect a newer and more enjoyable experience.

“You will see brand new carpet and brand new seats. At the back of the house, the artists are going to have a brand new green room, new showers and everything is repainted there. There is a new sound and a new light. The bathrooms have been renovated ”, Edmund Marquez, member of the board of directors of Rio Nuevo.

The $ 6.5 million project is the first major renovation to the venue since the 1960s. Rio Nuevo helped make it happen while broadcasts were suspended due to the pandemic.

“We really want it to be Lincoln Center in Tucson. We want an improved user experience. When people walk in, they’re also going to see a different campus,” Marquez said.

Last week, the hall hosted its first live performance since the start of the pandemic. Local groups like the Arizona Opera, the Tucson Ballet and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra are expected to perform in 2021 and 2022.

“We are now considering re-entering the theater for live theatrical performances with our production of El Milagro del Recuerdo. This is a mariachi opera that will be our first time in the theater, ”said Arizona Opera President Joseph Specter.

This month Arizona Opera received a $ 2.5 million grant from the Virigina G. Piper Charitable Trust. Specter said it was the largest one-time grant the organization has ever received.

The Arizona Opera will also continue traditions started over the past year and a half. Virtual productions like, The copper queen movie, got the organization through the pandemic and reached audiences beyond Arizona.

“We had an international audience for many of our programs last year. Why would we want to stop having this wider impact? Specter said.