North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

What artists say about Wentz Concert Hall

"We love playing here! What a great room."
     —Canadian Brass, backstage at the Wentz, April 14, 2012

"I highly recommend Wentz Concert Hall as a first choice for any serious recording project. Wonderful, warm and transparent acoustics, adjustable reverberation, isolation from extraneous noise—all are keys to creating an exceptional recording. The Wentz also offers all of that in an outstanding architectural space. It is an environment that is a pleasure to work in for musicians and technical staff alike."
     —Morris Phibbs, deputy director of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago and producer of "Recorded Music of the African Diaspora, Vol. 3," which was recorded in the Wentz in January 2012.

"We're trying to get out to the suburbs more, and that level of beauty at Wentz, of the venue and of the sound, doesn't exist elsewhere in Chicago."
     —Tim Munro, flutist, eighth blackbird, Chicago Magazine, Dec. 14, 2011

"What a beautiful, beautiful room. It sounds amazing. I love this hall."
     —Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, onstage at the Wentz, Oct. 1, 2011.

"I have to believe that this hall is one of the finest in the United States."
     —Jason Vieaux, classical guitarist, after a Wentz performance, Feb. 18, 2011.

"I like this hall. A little goes a long way. Less is more."
     —Ramsey Lewis, jazz pianist/composer, onstage at the Wentz, Nov. 20, 2010.

"What a beautiful, beautiful hall. You can tell how wonderful a hall is when you sing softly and this is a wonderful hall!"
    —Elizabeth Futral, opera singer, onstage during a Wentz performance, Oct. 2, 2009.

"Listen to that. You can hear the last sounds of the drum fading away. Now THAT is a tribute to the acoustics in here. Can we take this place with us?"
     —Herb Alpert, jazz trumpeter, onstage at the Wentz, Sept. 27, 2009.