The Northrop Memorial Auditorium is located in the heart of the University of Minnesota, on the north end of Central Mall. the Northrop Auditorium was built in 1929 as a center for the arts and student life. There was a capital campaign started in 1921 to raise money to construct Northrop Auditorium as well as Memorial Stadium. The building is named for Cyrus Northrop, who was the University of Minnesota's president from 1884 to 1911.
The neoclassical-style auditorium, which can seat up to 4,800, was built to hold the entire student body of the 1920s. The Northrop Auditorium Seating Chart has two levels of seating: the main floor, and a large balcony. An Aeolian-Skinner organ, one of the largest concert organs in the Midwest, was installed in 1932. The inscription on Northrop's façade was written by former University president Guy Stanton. It is know as the mission statement of the University of Minnesota. It reads:
Founded in faith that men are ennobled by understanding
Dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth
Devoted to the instruction of youth and the welfare of the state.
During its illustrious history, the Northrop Auditorium Events Calendar has accommodated many graduation ceremonies, ballet, music and theater performances, and campus and public events. The entire University of Minnesota Gallery was on display on the upper floors of the auditorium until it moved to the Weisman Art Museum in 1993.
From the time of construction until 1974, Northrop Auditorium was the home of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (today known as the Minnesota Orchestra). There have been many excellent concerts at Northrop Auditorium throughout the years. Some of the most recent big acts to perform on the stage at Northrop are: Neil Young, Van Morrison, Robin Williams, Wilco, Il Divo, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Snow Patrol and The Fray.
Because of the relative small capacity of Northrop Auditorium, many of the concerts that take place there sell out. The only way to buy Northrop Auditorium Tickets when they first go onsale is at the Northrop Auditorium Box Office. Northrop is one of the few venues that do not use Ticketmaster. If there are any Northrop Auditorium Concert Tickets that you are interested in don't delay and buy them now because once they are gone there won't be other options.