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by David Bratman

Stanford University's new Bing Concert Hall received its first public outing with a gala opening night celebration on Friday, the first program on a crowded Stanford Live winter/spring schedule. The San Francisco Symphony, under Michael Tilson Thomas, came down .... read more
by Mort Levine

 The magnificent and unique Bing Concert Hall officially opens tonight on the Stanford campus bringing our county a top flight venue for everything from world-renowned symphony orchestras to rock, chamber music quartets to world music performers, dance and pretty .... read more
1. It has a wraparound lobby that doubles as an atrium, filled with light.

2. The concert hall is circled by 10 white "sails" of fiber-reinforced concrete, which stretch to a height of about 40 feet and can function as video screens. An acoustical cloud hovers 47 feet .... read more
It's a potential game changer on the region's cultural scene: Two new concert halls are opening in the Bay Area, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University and the SFJazz Center in San Francisco. Add in Sonoma State University's classy Weill Hall, which opened in September, 45 .... read more
Bing Thom has a confession to make about his design for Hong Kong's new Xiqu Centre.

"I broke the rules," says the 72-year-old Canadian architect, who was in the city earlier this month to unveil his winning proposal for the 1,780-seat, HK$2.7 billion (.... read more
Student musicians representing nearly every academic major will perform Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony and Fifth Piano Concerto in Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall on Jan. 18.

The performance is the first event in an ambitious concert series dedicated entirely to Beethoven.

Between .... read more
Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects have been awarded the commission to design the Xiqu Center, a performing arts center dedicated to traditional Chinese opera, in Hong Kong. The center will be the first building in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, which will ultimately include a .... read more
The Xiqu Centre for Chinese opera in the arts hub should be a user-friendly venue for both performers and the audience, especially the elderly, says a Hong Kong-born Canadian architect in his 70s who reconnected with his birthplace this week. The first venue due to .... read more
As birthday "presents" go, it was a touch belated. But that didn't stop Vancouver architect Bing Thom, 72 last Friday, from wholeheartedly accepting on Monday the first-ever commission he's received in his birthplace of Hong Kong. Thom, in association with Hong Kong architects Ronald Lu & .... read more
Vancouver architect Bing Thom has been selected to design a Chinese opera house in Hong Kong that will serve as one of the landmarks of a major new arts and cultural development. Hong Kong-born Thom will team up with fellow architect Ronald Lu to design .... read more
I can't wait to hear La Mer in Stanford University's bold new Bing Concert Hall - a sweeping, circular space with giant convex "sails" and wavy, linear forms that were acoustically designed to scatter the sound waves rolling around this dynamic yet intimate 850-seat room.<.... read more
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced the appointment of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners to collaborate on the architectural design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the landmark cultural venues for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the first of 17 .... read more
David Harrington was practically on the edge of his seat. "I can't wait to play here," the Kronos Quartet violinist said at Stanford University's new Bing Concert Hall earlier this week.

"To walk in here and know that music has been valued in .... read more
The 842-seat Bing Concert Hall boasts an award-winning design team led by Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects, with acoustic design by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics and theatrical design by Fisher Dachs Associates.

The 112,365-square foot venue will provide students, faculty, artists and .... read more
The celebrated Russian conductor Valery Gergiev always has a million things on the go, but this coming year he's also celebrating 25 years as leader of one of Russia's most venerated cultural institutions: the Mariinsky Theatre, the roots of which date back to the era of .... read more
Supporters and donors and artists who attended the Oct. 1 unveiling of the Atlantic Theater Company's newly renovated mainstage home in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan were treated to a private viewing of the troupe's new downstairs lobby, costume shop, green room and bathrooms. They also .... read more
Stage actors always seem to get the attention in New York. On Monday, it was the turn of the stages themselves to take a bow.

The Pearl Theatre had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate moving into its new home near Times Square, while .... read more
Devised to nest discreetly on the Beaumont's newly planted green roof, it seats just 112 people: a two-story, 23,000-square-foot glass box wrapped inside a grille of aluminum louvers that help screen out the sun. Like a bridge, the box manages the large span between Saarinen's giant .... read more
Karlheinz Stockhausen, a 20th-century composer who died in 2007, rejected traditional musical forms and often refused commissions, preferring to create his own avant-garde spatial works, which incorporate the physical space as a prime element. One of his more outlandish works is the "Helicopter String Quartet", an .... read more
The concert hall, the rock club, the opera house, the arena, the HD live stream - all have served to flatten sound. But it wasn't always thus, and needn't continue to be so. That was the moral of the New York Philharmonic's concert on Saturday, ".... read more