Jan. 12, 2018 marked a very special day in Miller Auditorium history: The 50th anniversary of our very first performance!
Construction began on what used to be the WMU campus golf course in 1965 and the curtain rose for the first time on Jan. 12, 1968 with a performance by the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Miller Auditorium has proudly brought 50 years of great entertainment to the West Michigan community!
Back when our first performance took place in 1968, the president of Western Michigan University was James W. Miller. He served for 13 years and, in that time, he was a champion for the fine arts. Originally, the theater was called University Auditorium, but was soon renamed to honor President Miller.
In the past 50 years, thousands of shows and millions of guests have come through Miller’s doors. From concerts for the WMU School of Music and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, music legends including Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin to huge Broadway tours like Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked, to name just a few, Miller Auditorium is committed to bringing a wide variety of performances to our stage.
We are thankful for the support of all of our patrons and look forward to our continued mission of bringing great entertainment to Kalamazoo.