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In the Spotlight with Kristin Anderson, Director, Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

The architectural beauty of the Boulder campus is world renowned and our buildings often are viewed as the face of the university. In this series, "In the Spotlight," we ask CU-Boulder building directors to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities and programs they manage - along with a glimpse into their personalities. Part seven of this series features Kristin Anderson, director of Macky Auditorium.

What is one thing you would like people to know about your building or your job?

As director of the Auditorium, I see myself as not only managing the day-to-day operations, but also as caretaker of a magnificent piece of Boulder history. Literally a who's who has performed here since Macky was built in the early 1900's, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Benny Goodman to Billy Joel to the Dalai Lama. It is not only the concert hall for the University, but also for the City, as it is the only large (2000 seats) indoor concert hall of its size in Boulder. Macky is home to all types of performances—College of Music ensembles, the Artist Series, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Conference on World Affairs, the Macky Travel Film Series, lectures, conferences, jazz, dance, rock & roll, and orientations.

Over 100,000 people attend performances at Macky every year and we average 10 shows a month from September-May. We don't hold regular concerts during the summer because we have no air conditioning. Macky is run by three full-time staff people: myself, the assistant director, and the technical director. The rest of our staff (approximately 100) is a mix of part-time students and non-students. We handle all of the logistical arrangements to make sure each performance runs smoothly. No two shows are ever the same so there is a lot of variety to this job.

I started working at Macky when I was a student here and never left! This job is a perfect fit for me – I have a business degree, which helps with the management aspect, and I'm a musician, which helps me understand the needs of the performers.

If you were to pick a city whose character best represents your own personality, which would you choose?

That is a tough question, as I don't think any one city best represents my personality. I think that different cities each would represent part of my personality. I love Boulder because I'm a native and grew up here, but it's changed a lot since my childhood. One of my favorite cities is pre-Katrina New Orleans. I love the music and the food. I guess a city with a good sense of humor would best represent my personality.

In the Spotlight with Kristin Anderson, Director, Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

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