Music

Connie Niemann Center for Music

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Opened in 2013 thanks in large part to a $1 million gift from Rich and Connie Niemann and Niemann Foods Inc., the Connie Niemann Center for Music, 16th and Seminary Road, comprises a performance hall, a multi-purpose reception hall, and a formal atrium. The center occupies the space that formerly served as two adjoining chapels, initially for Our Lady of Angels Seminary and subsequently for the Franciscan Retreat Center.  The remodeled space retains the character of a sacred space, meeting the needs of the area’s active retreat movement while providing an acoustically sophisticated environment for musical performances.  The traditions and the meditative character of the space were in the forefront of planning and renovation, with special attention to the stained glass art of Fr. Thomas More Brown, OFM, founder of the Quincy University art department. Regional consultants in the areas of acoustics and lighting provided direction for installation of infrastructure to promote an ideal performance setting for musicians and an enjoyable concert experience for the audience.