University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts


The Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (commonly referred to as the "Zelazo Center") is a state-of-the art venue for events ranging from the most intimate meeting to the grandest wedding. Originally used as a synagogue by Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun since 1922, the building boasts a grand entrance, two elaborate stained glass displays, as well as exquisite molding, arches, and decorative elements. The Zelazo Center includes the 758-seat Helen Bader Concert Hall, two conference facilities, six new warm-up/practice spaces and two dining and/or ballrooms.

The Concert Hall contains 758 seats, a large open stage 72 feet wide and 38 feet deep and orchestra pit. Bader boasts a computer-controlled stage lighting system including 143 dimmers, a 400-Amp lighting company switch and a 100-Amp sound company switch for touring shows. A Mackie 21-channel soundboard addresses sound needs for performances. In addition, the space includes a molded parabolic dome and is flanked by 12 20ft transept stained glass windows designed by the Congregation’s Rabbi Joseph El L. Baron.

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