"A concert auditorium is a musical instrument."
Eliel Saarinen was born on August 20, 1873 in Rantasalmi, Finland. After completing his studies at Helsinki University and beginning his distinguished career, Saarinen emigrated to the United States, where his gift for functional, artistic design established his international reputation. Kleinhans Music Hall ranks among his finest achievements. Saarinen died at age 76 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on 1 July 1, 1950.