Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

Seattle Chamber Music Society concerts are held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. This 536-seat auditorium puts concertgoers at the heart of the performance. This warm and inviting performance space plays host to a diverse array of programming.


The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall is complementary to the principal 2,500-seat auditorium, providing an elegant venue for performances by smaller ensembles and solo artists. It gives community-based organizations the opportunity to present concerts in a relatively inexpensive and acoustically excellent venue. The Recital Hall occupies the north end of the site and is related in its design expression to the main auditorium. The Recital Hall’s acoustics are created by sculptural shapes that diffuse sound: folded planes with triangular surfaces that surround the performers and audience. The stage house and stage floor are of cherry wood, providing a visually and acoustically warm environment for the performers.