Hill Auditorium, a prominent performance venue located on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, has a storied history dating back to its construction in 1913. The auditorium was named after Arthur Hill, a University of Michigan regent whose substantial financial donation made the project possible. Hill’s bequest of $200,000, a significant sum at the time, was intended to create a space that would enhance the cultural and artistic life of the university and the broader community.
Designed by the renowned architect Albert Kahn, Hill Auditorium is celebrated for its exceptional acoustics and distinctive architectural style. Kahn, who was known for his industrial and commercial buildings, applied his innovative design principles to create a concert hall with a unique blend of functionality and beauty. The auditorium can seat approximately 3,500 people, making it one of the largest performance spaces in the region. Its acoustics are so finely tuned that it is often cited as one of the best venues for classical music performances in the United States. In an oft-repeated legend, Kahn’s son Edgar (“Eddie”) was instructed to drop a pin on stage while his father listened from the back seats of the auditorium. The noise was indeed audible, much to the elder Kahn’s delight.

Over the decades, Hill Auditorium has hosted an impressive array of performances and events, featuring world-renowned musicians, orchestras, and public figures. Some of the notable performers who have graced its stage include the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, and Yo-Yo Ma. The auditorium has also been a venue for significant speeches and lectures, including appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke there in 1962, and President John F. Kennedy, who addressed a crowd during his 1960 presidential campaign.

In 2002, Hill Auditorium underwent a major renovation to preserve its historical integrity while modernizing its facilities. Completed in 2004, the $38.6 million project included updates to seating, improved accessibility, and enhancements to the auditorium’s acoustical properties. This renovation ensured that Hill Auditorium would continue to serve as a premier performance venue for future generations. Today, it remains a vital cultural hub for both the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community, continuing its legacy of excellence in the performing arts. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra regularly performs at Hill, with major concerts including a given season’s Opening Night and Season Finale performances traditionally taking place in this space. 



When attending an A2SO concert at Hill Auditorium, there are several parking options available:

Thayer Street Parking Structure (216 S Thayer St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

The most convenient parking option for events at Hill, the Thayer Street Structure is just steps away from the auditorium (1-3 minutes). View on Google Maps. View rates.


Liberty Square Parking Structure (510 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

Situated at East Washington Street (just behind the Michigan Theater), this structure is a bit farther away from Hill but still within walking distance (5-10 minutes). View on Google Maps. View rates.


Maynard Street Parking Structure (324 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

Located a few blocks from Hill, Maynard offers ample parking and a 7-10 minute walk to the auditorium. View on Google Maps. View rates.


Fletcher Street (Power Center) Structure (201 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Directly east of Hill, this parking option offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of more centrally located structures—especially on weekends (3-5 minute walk). View on Google Maps. View rates. 


Metered parking is available on several streets around Hill Auditorium, including Thayer Street, North University Avenue, and Washington Street. Be aware of time limits and hours, as these can vary. Generally speaking, street parking is free after 6 PM (Mon-Fri), and all day on Sunday.


The following seating chart displays pricing levels and seat areas for the Main Floor, Mezzanine, and Balcony of Hill Auditorium, current as of the 24/25 concert season.