Carrie Gates | October 30, 2017
Informally, the 175-seat LaBar Family Recital Hall inside Notre Dame’s O’Neill Hall is known as the “jewel box” because of its elegant, classic design and intimate size.
But in fact, all of O’Neill Hall is a jewel box — expertly and beautifully designed as a home to the students and faculty, the artists and instruments in the University’s Department of Music and Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) program.
“O’Neill Hall’s many attractive features are too numerous to list,” said Peter Smith, professor of music theory and chair of the department. “The exquisite performance spaces and an overall design that supports a community of scholarship and learning will make O’Neill a magnet for the most in-demand guest artists and scholars, the most stimulating conferences and performances, and the most outstanding students and faculty.”
The 100,000-square-foot, seven-story building on the south side of Notre Dame Stadium was made possible by a gift to the University from Helen Schwab and her husband Charles, in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph I. O’Neill III.
It also features the innovative, 175-seat LaBar Family Performance Hall — a versatile venue that offers flexible seating and staging options and will accommodate events involving music in combination with other media, such as projected text and visual images, and other forms of artistic expression, such as acting, lighting, and dance.