For a recording of music professor Steve Mackey’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Jennifer Frautschi played violin and John Blacklow played piano in Richardson Auditorium.
For a recording of music professor Steve Mackey’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Jennifer Frautschi played violin and John Blacklow played piano in Richardson Auditorium.
Frank Wojciechowski
Mackey, left, with producer Jesse Lewis.
Mackey, left, with producer Jesse Lewis.
Frank Wojciechowski

With its richly colored tile mosaics and ornate carvings, Richardson Auditorium provides a stunning backdrop for the many concerts performed there, but those architectural elements also create a warm, enveloping sound, making it ideal for recordings. In March, the auditorium was the setting for a recording of “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” written by music professor Steve Mackey. The auditorium, in Alexander Hall, has been the site of recordings by Wynton Marsalis and the Tokyo String Quartet, among many other chamber, orchestral, and solo musicians.