Designed by renowned architect Kevin Roche, the World Music Hall has soaring side windows and a terraced interior that evokes the atmosphere of Far Eastern outdoor concerts. It houses the instruments of the Javanese Gamelan orchestra. In addition to Javanese Gamelan and dance performances, the World Music Hall is a popular space for dance and music performances as well as readings.


Interior construction consists of Indiana limestone and poured concrete.  Audience sits on carpeted tiers or floor; no installed seats exist in the hall.


Normal seating capacity is 131. No standing room.


Performing area consists of 33 &1/2' X 26' parquet surface at floor level. Seating area rises in 18" increments above floor. Stage backing is a retractable black metal screen which conceals the Gamelan (Javanese musical instrument collection). There is no wing space. Surface of the performing area is normally used as a dance floor. Liquids, abrasives and heavy objects are not permitted on the performing surface. Protection must be provided for any other equipment which may potentially scratch the floor. The floor must be left in a clean condition.


Fixed programmed lighting system.

Skylights above and large windows to the side of the performing area prohibit acceptable stage lighting during the daylight hours. Because of difficulty in reaching lighting positions and the nature of most performances in the hall, only general area lighting has been set up and this cannot be re-aimed, refocused or gelled. However, any of 4 lights located at the back of the seating area (FOH position) may be dimmed up separately and utilized for isolated spot effects, upon request. Also, backlight may be dimmed up independent of any front lighting. 


A/V Cart with 55" Vizio Video Monitor & DVD & VHS Playback Deck.


Sound reinforcement is usually not necessary for most applications.  There is a stereo sound system permanently installed in the facility. Generally, any reasonable request for audio playback may be accommodated.

Stereo 2 way

Front of House processing rack: 
1) Mixing Console - Allen & Heath QU16 
2) Denon DN501C Cd/Media Player
3) 4 x Shure ULXP4 Wireles receivers with 4x Hand Held Mics w/Beta87c capsule.
4) Assisted Listening System

Speakers: D & B Audiotechnik E-12 passive, fixed.

1) Left & Right Main E-12 speakers are flown facing Seating Area.
2) Left & Right Monitors E-12 speakers are flown facing floor.
3) Left and Right Gamelan Stage monitor speakers Flown & Fixed, JBL- Control 29, are flown
facing the Gamelan stage.


Electricity: 2 - 15 amp Edison circuits on wall. 4 - 20amp circuits on wall NSEW.


Two dressing rooms are located in the lower level.


Lower level has a lounge area that may be reserved for warm up.


Load in: Flat Roll thru 30" side door.  East side of building.




There is a small kitchen area on the lower level which may be reserved for use.


Exits located on north east and south east side of ground floor level  and north and south of lower basement level.


Wheelchair access available via ramp on northwest entrance, no wheelchair accessible restrooms in facility. Assisted listening devices available on request.


World Music Hall

World Music Hall

World Music Hall

World Music Hall

Tickets and reservations for fall events are available online. The general public will be welcomed back to Wesleyan this fall to enjoy Center for the Arts outdoor programming and exhibitions in both the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. All patrons must adhere to and follow the University COVID-19 safety guidelines. Wesleyan requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated. All visitors will need to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated. Public health officials consider an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Indoor performances as well as special events, including opening receptions in the galleries, will be open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked. Patrons under the age of 12 are required to wear a mask at outdoor events. Due to current CDC age limits on vaccinations, individuals under the age of 12 will not be permitted at indoor exhibitions. The box office will open for walk-up sales on Monday, October 4, 2021. Box office hours will be Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.
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