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It's been at least a generation since the Irish were a significant force in Hell's Kitchen, but they're making a comeback. For years the Irish Arts Center has operated out of a tenement on West 51st Street, but the group is upgrading its digs and .... read more
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Music is moving ahead with plans to construct the first phase of a new performance center at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue.

Architects will appear before the City of Madison's Urban Design Commission Oct. 1 .... read more
With the press of a button, the H-E-B Performance Hall in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts can be transformed from a concert venue with traditional raked seating to a flat-floored dance hall. A mechanized "flexible floor" system elevates the seats on platforms, flips .... read more
You want natural light?

Wyoming Seminary's new arts center is flooded with it, from the floor-to-ceiling glass wall in the front lobby to the large windows in every group practice room — choir, instrument, dance, it's all the same: During the day the fluorescent .... read more
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Photographed by Jeff McCrum

A three hour timelapse of the fixtures being aimed, shot from the deck with a 14mm lens.

Audio credit: Uncommon Ritual by Edgar Meyer, .... read more
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened to the public Thursday. People pushed vacuums, roaring over the new carpets as I entered the H-E-B Performance Hall. I spoke to San Antonio Symphony General Manager David Gross.

"All right, it's come down to .... read more
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened it's doors Thursday in downtown San Antonio.

The downtown landmark has a combined performance tonight with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio.

The inaugural 2014 season will include 33 productions, .... read more
A major celebration was held downtown Thursday as city and county officials and hundreds of guests celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

"It's a time of celebration," said former San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger. "It was .... read more
Architecturally striking on the outside and with world-class acoustics on the inside, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens Thursday, September 4 in the heart of downtown with a dedication ceremony in the morning and a combined performance by the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San .... read more
Update 11:37 a.m. — It's time to cut the ribbon. The color of the ribbon is Tobin plum, not purple, Fresher says.

The ceremony concludes.

About 100 tickets remain for tonight's inaugural "Celebration of the Arts" concert, starting at 7:30 p.m.<.... read more
The $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will officially open on Thursday and the transformed Municipal Auditorium will celebrate its christening with a combined performance by the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio.

It's been nearly 10 years since .... read more
To the stirring strains of Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks,' the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated today, on the site of the old Municipal Auditorium on the north edge of downtown, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

"It is my .... read more
After years of planning, designing and building, the the new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will hold its official ribbon-cutting ceremony at

The event will be in the West Lobby of the new 130,000-square-foot building on .... read more
Since 1888, Baldwin has been at the forefront of single-sex education, empowering young women to discover their potential in academics, the arts, and athletics. Baldwin students' academic leadership is evidenced by our National Merit Scholars, top-tier college selections, and successful alumnae around the globe. Our 48,000-square-foot .... read more
For years, the Theatre Department at WCSU has been doing terrific work under far-from-ideal conditions. Initial planning for a new building began in 2003. With the opening of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, the teachers, performers, directors, designers and technicians finally have a facility equal .... read more
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts' main concert hall will have the ability to rank with the best acoustics venues in the country, experts with the consulting firm that helped guide the design of the center said Thursday.

Audiences "will be blown .... read more
Surely, it was no coincidence that on Tuesday afternoon, just in time for the opening night concert of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall that evening, Lincoln Center announced that the French conductor Louis Langrée's contract as the festival's music director had .... read more
SAN ANTONIO — Several big-name performers like Paul McCartney and Jason Mraz will soon take the stage at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts but before they do, Eyewitness News got a tour inside the building.

Construction began in 2009 for the new building to .... read more
The percussion of a brass band over a background din of ongoing demolition set the stage for a casting change Tuesday at the Utah Performing Arts Center — even before the Salt Lake City theater has been built.

It now will be called the .... read more
In East Baltimore, the storied Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine campus, emblematized by its castlelike Queen Anne–style brick Billings Administration Building, stands in striking contrast with its environs. Around it is one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, where crime and poverty rates .... read more
SAN ANTONIO — Seats await spectators. Lighting illuminates the stage, which now just needs actors. The maple wood orchestra shell is player-ready.

The $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is coming along "on schedule and on budget," according to J. Bruce Bugg Jr., .... read more
The Drama League officially dedicated its new home, The Drama League Theater Center. The new, state-of-the-art facility is located on the lobby level of the landmark 32 Avenue of the Americas, in the heart of TriBeCa's arts district on May 23rd. Featuring over 100 annual public performances, .... read more
While we're waiting for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to open, at long last, this September, I'd like to offer a few preliminary musings about the project. (A full review of the architecture and acoustics will follow the center's opening.)

To .... read more
Two hours into the drive from Buffalo to Albany on the New York State Thruway, you pass Syracuse, a city with dark associations for classical music lovers.

Founded in 1961 and inflated by foundation grants and some flush years, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra filed .... read more
During the Building Community Campaign Groundbreaking Ceremony, Greenhill School announced that their new Performing Arts Center would be named The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center in honor of the generous $10 million gift from the Marshall Family.

During the ceremony, the entire Greenhill community — .... read more
Largest Private Collection of Mielziner Renderings Available Publicly for the First Time

Includes More Than 150 Works by Legendary Theatrical Designer


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired Jules Fisher's personal collection of scenic renderings by .... read more
From its conception in 1961 to the opening of its Music Row home in 1967, its pioneering move to downtown Nashville in 2001 through Tuesday's opening of its new facilities that more than double its size, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has had a continuing .... read more
It's pretty easy to get lost in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum these days: On Tuesday, the institution will more than double its size with a $100 million, 210,000-square-foot expansion that will be unveiled in a ceremony featuring performances by Vince Gill, Lee .... read more
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.

The museum on Tuesday will unveil .... read more
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set to open the final phase of its massive, multi-year expansion project next week, unveiling a new 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibit space.

The space is a fraction of the 210,000 square feet the museum has added .... read more
The official opening of the new exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame will be held on Tuesday, April 15!

The brand new Hall of Fame expansion boasts 10,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art .... read more
We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues, and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

But Art and Culture Districts — with their critical mass of .... read more
A new opera theater for Rice University's music school in Houston will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the university is to announce Wednesday.

The New York-based firm, which was responsible for the recent .... read more
As many of you have heard by now, our very own Katherine Lynn has made a big career change, and while she lives on in our hearts here at FDA, she has moved on to greater glory representing an innovative architectural products company called TAKTL. .... read more
In about two years time, a dreary stretch of Manhattan's Far West Side, from 51st to 52nd Street on 11th Avenue, will be greatly improved by the arrival of a new Irish Arts Center.

At the moment, the site — roughly the width of .... read more
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The British electro-pop trio the xx is no stranger to vast concert spaces, having headlined the Governors Ball Music Festival and Radio City Music Hall. But the shows the group is staging .... read more
After a 10-month search, Rice University officials have selected a New York-based architecture firm with Houston ties to design the Shepherd School of Music's new opera house.

The new proscenium-style opera facility will be helmed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Shepherd School dean Robert .... read more
By Olivia Pulsinelli

Rice University said Monday it has selected a design team for the Shepherd School of Music's new opera theater. The predesign phase is expected .... read more

Though the center's larger theater will accommodate more ambitious productions, its management remains committed to maintaining a sense of intimacy. "No matter where you are in the space, you're still going to feel like you're in your living room," Mr. Connolly said.

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The board of directors of the Wally Russell Foundation announces the winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, is renowned lighting designer, Jules Fisher. The award will be presented at this .... read more
Legendary lighting designer Jules Fisher, creative consultant for the Broadway Lighting Master Classes, on the 2014 BLMC, held May 30-June 1 in New York City.

Video here.

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The Hollywood Bowl was honored today at the 25th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, as the Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue.

This distinction marks the tenth consecutive nomination and subsequent award for the iconic venue and .... read more
By Justin Davidson

Knowledge gets crammed into the brain or vaporized in the cloud, but the institutions that feed on it need plenty of actual space. As NYU devours the Village, Columbia infiltrates Manhattanville, Fordham grows new towers, and Cornell annexes Roosevelt Island, .... read more
By Nicola Merrifield
Photo: Gemma Arterton in The Duchess of Malfi (courtesy of Tristram Kenton)

The newly-opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is expected to attract an additional 100,000 annual audience members to the Shakespeare's Globe South Bank site, the venue's directors have said.
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By W. Scott Bailey

The Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation is seeking to raise $54 million in private funding to help transform Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The nonprofit organization, which will own and operate the .... read more
By BWW News Desk
Photo Courtesy of The New School/ Martin Seck

The New School will offer free tours and performances by students from Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and art and .... read more
By Bill Wilson

A public meeting next week will officially start the second phase of planning for Century II's convention and performing arts needs.

The architectural team Populous and GMLV of Wichita will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in .... read more
WESTON - The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's $10 million capital campaign has reached another milestone with the conditional approval by the Town of Weston Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Commission of the Company's plan to build a new studio theater on the former Walker .... read more
By Bill Wilson

A consulting team has been selected to study performing arts needs in Wichita.

AMS Planning and Research for the Arts and Entertainment Industries and partner Fisher Dachs Associates have been selected for the study, part of a broader .... read more
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Douglas Stebbins died on November 4, 2013, surrounded by his family at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, after a long struggle with liver disease.

A creative powerhouse in FDA's .... read more
By Nate Rau

Nashville is the new home to a private music social club where members pay a premium price to see top artists give three performances per year at an intimate venue in town.

The first performance for the new .... read more
Ambition abounds as Greenhill School announces the launch of the Building Community Campaign, the largest, most wide-reaching campaign in the school's 63-year history.  This five- year, $52.5 million campaign will transform the Greenhill campus with the construction of a new Performing Arts and Assembly Center, .... read more
The new Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg has opened its doors to adoring crowds and local sceptics alike, while celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev basks in its glow.

by Pauline Tillmann

The new Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Mariinsky II, opened .... read more
by Richard Holledge

As parties go, it was quite a do. A soldier with a machine gun on the roof. Yards of black limos ferrying in 2,000 admirers, all coiffed and coutured. A guest list headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and to make .... read more
"This is a huge historic city, with amazing consistency of wonderful neoclassical architecture; it's composed of these two

extraordinary contrasts - of these whole streets and the exotic churches and cathedrals.

"I would not be guilty of fracturing the wonderful urban .... read more

The New Mariinsky Theatre by Toronto's Diamond Schmitt Architects provides St. Petersburg with Russia's first major performance venue since the time of the czars.

Standing next to the original Markiinsky Theatre, the new .... read more

by Mario Toneguzzi

It's like the icing on the cake.

The 54th floor of The Bow, with its breathtaking Sky Garden, caps off what many have described as a magnificent building - one that was recently listed as one of the .... read more
by Louise Levene

 They were holding the night train to Moscow on Saturday evening while Valery Gergiev made his way across town. The prime mover behind St Petersburg's shiny new opera house, Mariinsky 2, had put his fabled drive and energy to the .... read more
by Zachary Woolfe

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Let no one say Valery Gergiev doesn't know how to give a party.

The artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater here since 1988, Mr. Gergiev opened his $700 million new opera house, Mariinsky II, last week .... read more
by Teresa Levonian Cole

The concentration of plain-clothed policemen as we approached Theatre Square in St Petersburg was an indication that something was afoot. On the roof, an army sniper peered through binoculars, rifle at the ready. Celebrity-spotting crowds thronged the entrance, while .... read more
by Arthur Kaptainis, Gazette Music Critic

MONTREAL - It is not called the Maison operatique, although it might have been, given the former popularity of French among the aristocrats of St. Petersburg, including those who frequented the Mariinsky Theatre, a facility completed with .... read more
by Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko

President Vladimir Putin and performers led by Placido Domingo starred at the opening of a $700 million stage for the Mariinsky Theatre that aims to cement its status as one of the world's top cultural institutions.

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by Elizabeth Piper

Enlisting the drama of Prokofiev and the elegance of Tchaikovsky, St Petersburg's new Mariinsky theatre staged a gala opening on Thursday designed to silence critics of the starkly modernist building erected in the heart of Russia's imperial capital.

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by Zachary Woolfe

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - A few weeks ago, as Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra tested the acoustics of their new $700 million theater here, they played one of the most dramatic selections in the symphonic repertory: the rousing finale of .... read more
The new Mariinsky II Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, opens this week with a flurry of celebration, including an evening of one-act ballets tonight and a gala concert conducted by artistic director Valery Gergiev on Thursday.

It's a moment that was hotly anticipated .... read more
by Sharon McHugh

When it opens this week, the Mariinsky Theatre II, which joins two other arts buildings that make up the famed Russian arts complex in St. Petersburg, will be one the largest opera houses in the world.

It had .... read more
by John Fraser

Watching the Toronto architect Jack Diamond deal with the final details of his remarkable new opera house - the Mariinsky II, as it is dubbed - in the beautiful but historically complicated Russian city of St. Petersburg is to observe .... read more
by Martin Knelman

Jack Diamond soars to poetic heights when he talks about onyx.

Massive wraparound walls of the amber-coloured stone encase the auditorium of the Mariinsky II, the new $700-million opera house in St. Petersburg, Russia, designed by Toronto's Diamond .... read more
Strung up in the Sunbeam Theatre in a gritty working-class part of this city are posters showing Cantonese opera singers, their red lips offset by chalk-white, made-up faces. In the faded lobby, where theatergoers mill on a Saturday afternoon, dozens of bouquets with handwritten messages .... read more
The grand opening of the Music City Center still is a month away, but the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is readying for the thousands of guests expected to flock to Nashville when it opens.

The rooms won't be available .... read more
by Linda C. Lentz

The curtain is about to rise on a Russian opus that's been a decade in the making - with as much Sturm und Drang as a Mussorgsky opera. After the selection (or near selection) of designs by three architects, .... read more
The Mariinsky Theatre, one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts institutions in the world, under the leadership of Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev, today announced that its new state-of-the-art opera house, Mariinsky II, will open to the public with three celebratory days .... read more
For an organization that ballyhooed every dollar raised to build a performing arts center, cheered the arrival of 2,458 tons of Indiana limestone and posed for countless photo ops, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts seems, well, quiet this time of year.

And .... read more
by Nicky Rackard for ArchDaily

The expandable multi-use cultural venue dubbed 'Culture Shed' is one of the most radical proposals to come out of New York's Hudson Yards Development Project. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro - the New York-based interdisciplinary practice that played .... read more
A theatre is taken apart and reassembled in the name of renovation

by David Barbour

When the home base of a theatre company undergoes a renovation, the results are usually dramatically obvious - the auditorium might be visibly refurbished, the exterior .... read more
The National Music Centre (NMC) recently broke ground on its new 160,000-square-foot building in downtown Calgary's East Village. The Centre will be home to the history of music in Canada, including the country's most impressive collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, the Canadian Music .... read more
by Marsha Lederman

In its current lovely, if nondescript, heritage building, the National Music Centre in Calgary offers no hint of the treasures it houses: among them, a 1679 harpsichord, early synthesizers, and the piano on which Elton John composed his first four albums. .... read more
The Bing Concert Hall exemplifies the seamless integration of architecture, acoustics and technology with the goal of transforming the practice, study and experience of the performing arts at Stanford. Home to Stanford Live and the University's Music Department and providing a state-of-the-art venue for visiting .... read more
By Suzanne Stephens

Judging by Diller Scofidio + Renfro's splashy renovations of and additions to New York's Lincoln Center in recent years, it's surprising that Hugh Hardy and his firm, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, would have added something so discreet to the arts complex. .... read more
by Justin Davidson

Tucked into Mayor Bloomberg's final State of the City speech yesterday was a proposal for the Culture Shed, a new kind of architectural creature planned for the future Hudson Yards. Designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, with Rockwell Group, it's .... read more
By John King

You can't tell from the street, but work has begun - finally - on the transformation of an aged printing plant into the $100 million home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

The UC Berkeley cultural .... read more
By B.J. Almond

The Moody Foundation has awarded $20 million to Rice University for a new Center for the Arts on campus. The interdisciplinary center will provide space for arts education, performances and gallery exhibitions on campus and promote collaborations with Houston's world-class .... read more
by Nate Sloan

Like a well-designed sports car, Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall looks great from the outside but is even more impressive when you peer under the hood. And Feb. 15-16, Bing's high-tech engine will shift into overdrive when the groundbreaking electronic .... read more
Opened in the New Year, Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall has been designed by Richard Olcott/Ennead Partners with Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics and Fisher Dachs Associates. The first performances on 11-13 January 2013 were sold out at the California campus with all 842 seats .... read more
by Kriston Capps

On Aug. 23, 2011, an earthquake centered nine miles south of Mineral, Va., shook the pinnacles and finials of the Washington National Cathedral. The 5.8-magnitude quake cracked the pillar of the Washington Monument and rattled jars off the shelves of the National .... read more
by Philip Kennicott

A long City Paper article sets up the next few months as critical for the fate of the Bloomberg Balloon, better known as the Hirshhorn bubble, a temporary inflatable structure designed to give the cylindrical museum of modern art some .... read more
On Monday, the City's Department of Cultural Affairs provided its most detailed plans yet for Culture Shed, a 170,000-square-foot visual and performing arts institution that will anchor the southern end of The Related Cos.'s 26-acre Hudson Yards project west of Penn Station.

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by Jamie McGee

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum director Kyle Young describes the new additions coming to the expanded museum in 2014 as an effort to maintain relevance.

"People look at museums and think, 'static, old, past,' and luckily .... read more
by Barbara Rose Shuler

When a community acquires a world-class new performance hall, it can be an exhilarating experience. Many of you will remember the excitement surrounding Carmel's newly renovated state-of-the-art Sunset Center 10 years ago. So it is with Stanford University's spacious and .... read more
by Janet Duca Norton

The Jan. 11 opening night celebration at the Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford campus was unique. Presented by Stanford Live,

the inaugural concert showcased Stanford music and world-class artists.

A focused audience of 800, many of .... read more
by Janelle Gelfand

An inviting new concert hall opened last weekend in the Bay Area, and it promises to be an exciting destination for the performing arts.

The Bing Concert Hall is the new hub for the arts on the Stanford .... read more
The Bing opened with a bang. It's technically the Bing Concert Hall, on the campus of Stanford University, but ushers had been instructed to greet us with a "welcome to The Bing", which seemed as forced as the attempts of Radioshack to rebrand itself the .... read more
by Robin Wander

Early reviews of Bing Concert Hall from the press, performers and patrons are in, and they are glowing. The best of the bon mots include: "The sound popped like champagne," "The hall exudes a serenely majestic air,"  "The acoustics .... read more
by Joshua Kosman

There were speeches and invocations and newly commissioned musical works to mark Friday's grand opening of Bing Concert Hall, the sleek and luxurious new performance venue at Stanford. But leave it to Michael Tilson Thomas to capture the feel of .... read more
by Katie Salmon

The long-awaited Bing Concert Hall opened Jan. 11 with a musical ensemble of professional and student groups. Here are some reactions from performers ans attendees.

Michael Tilson Thomas, music director, San Francisco Symphony orchestra

"We had a .... read more
by Georgia Rowe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area music lovers converged on Stanford University over the weekend, as the long-awaited Bing Concert Hall opened its doors. In a gala opening night concert on Friday, and subsequent programs through Sunday evening, audiences got a .... read more
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
Those who think classical music needs some shaking up routinely challenge music directors at major orchestras to think outside the box. That is precisely what Alan Gilbert did on Friday night for an exhilarating concert with the New York Philharmonic in the Drill Hall of .... read more
Upon entering the cavernous Park Avenue Armory's awesome performance space, audience members had to walk around a tableau vivant consisting of several artistocratic actors who would reappear later during Mozart's Don Giovanni. This was the Phil's way of letting us know it was letting down .... read more
It was a happy sight - at least for ticketholders and presenters: people of all ages and stripes, from hipsters to seniors, lined up outside the Park Avenue Armory on a steamy summer evening pleading for tickets to Friday evening's sold-out "Philharmonic 360" concert by the .... read more
Despite the late hour, the sun wasn't setting over St. Petersburg as maestro Valery Gergiev welcomed 100 guests at 11 p.m. for a private inaugural concert at the new Mariinsky Theatre. Beyond the windows of what will be the staff cafeteria, the city's historic skyline shimmered .... read more
In 1960, Leonard Bernstein wanted to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen, an extravagant piece that calls for three separate orchestras, each with its own conductor, arrayed in a horseshoe around the audience. But to pull it off, the orchestra .... read more
For the planners and builders of the Park Avenue Armory, the landmark structure that consumes a city block, bounded by Park and Lexington Avenues and 66th and 67th Streets, music was surely not among the chief concerns. Completed in 1881, the armory was intended to serve .... read more

In a way, the New York Philharmonic's "Philharmonic 360" program at the Park Avenue Armory is a classical music critic's summer escapist fantasy: The orchestra, freed from the formal atmosphere and mediocre acoustics of Avery Fisher Hall, moves across town to the cavernous armory to .... read more
The vigorously committed, cosmically inclined composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was never known for small gestures - nor is the Park Avenue Armory, the setting next weekend for a presentation of one of Stockhausen's major creations.

"There's certain work that needs us," said Rebecca Robertson, .... read more
Long considered one of the most traditional and risk-averse cities in the country, Washington D.C. is embracing innovative architecture and urban planning. Thanks to a new generation of enlightened local governance buoyed by on-going federal spending and related private development, which has kept the .... read more
Is it better to be wise or clever? Cleverness has been much in evidence lately at New York's Lincoln Center, that mid-century performing arts complex recently revived by a willfully witty matrix of interventions by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose delightful LED-stair-risers, paraboloid park, and subtle .... read more
The Vivian Beaumont Theater was probably the most admired of Lincoln Center's original buildings, which isn't saying much. But Eero Saarinen's theater, designed in association with the set designer Jo Mielziner and finished in 1965, has always had a serene, self-assured modernist grandeur to it, refreshingly .... read more
It's rising fast on the Stanford University campus: Bing Concert Hall, the $111.9 million venue that's scheduled to open the weekend of Jan. 11-12 with concerts by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Los Lobos.

Monday afternoon, journalists had a sneak preview of the .... read more
When the Spoleto Festival USA opened shop here in 1977, its performing spaces were a motley combination of revived old theaters, modern auditoriums and outdoor arenas. To some extent, that's how it still is, but in recent years the festival, the city of Charleston and private .... read more
Harmony atrium, a privately owned public space, was a defacto homeless shelter and small rock-climbing business. Lincoln Center sponsored the space with the true intention of creating a place for the public.

Wedged into Manhattan's dense fabric, the 7000 SF passageway serves as Lincoln .... read more
"The Hoover Dam made Vegas what it is today," says the architect David Schwarz, who's standing inside his firm's new, $475 million concert hall, the Art Deco-inflected Smith Center. Schwarz is referring to the thousands of construction workers who built the dam in the 1930s. On .... read more
By Robin Pogrebin

At a time when Broadway has grown increasingly costly, Lincoln Center Theater is opening a new stage on Tuesday that will feature work by emerging playwrights, directors and designers, and will charge just $20 for every ticket.

The 112-seat .... read more
New York-based architects Weiss / Manfredi and Philadelphia-based landscape architects OLIN have been announced as winner of the National Mall Design Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington, DC. Weiss / Manfredi and OLIN were one of three winning teams selected by the .... read more
By Bob Fischbach
Omaha World-Herald Staff Writer

The Blue Barn Theatre expects to move into a brand-new performance space in time for its 26th anniversary in 2014. But the new building will retain the intimate feel of the group's current space.

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"For the grand debut of Monte Carlo as a resort in 1879, the architect Charles Garnier designed an opera house for the Place du Casino," wrote Tom Wolfe in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965). "For the debut of Las Vegas as a resort in 1946, Bugsy Siegel .... read more
Built in 1923 for the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine), New York City Center reopened in October 2011 after a $56 million, two-phase facelift. A performing arts center since 1943, the theatre has now been revitalized as a home for world-class performances. Modern .... read more
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opens and gives Las Vegas a hall for the ages

Say Las Vegas, and many things come to mind. Talk about seeing a show in Las Vegas and a few other things come to mind. What .... read more
You can almost hear timpani rumbling and horns ablaze when the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is mentioned in the Valley. Clouds part. Angels sing. People who were lost are found. A new cultural element, nurtured by donors with deep pockets and culturally altruistic .... read more
A unique facility that boasts unrivaled presentation capabilities, The Smith Center is a showcase work of both architecture and art. The $470 million complex opening on March 10 is the result of a harmonious combination of structural and fine art mastery with sustainable and technological innovation.
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A designer of theatres visits 4 great performance spaces you have to see before you die

Escape from Neutrality
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Last week I saw a new concert hall that looked like a concert hall.

Imagine that. And in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas's neoclassical post office here is its only building on the National Register of Historic Places. Finished in 1933, it now .... read more
These days, Las Vegas is best known for its themed casinos (Luxor, Paris, New York, New York) and their intentionally cartoonish buildings. Architects tend to be appalled.

In that context, it's easy to dismiss the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as another .... read more
This joint -- if you can call a place that cost half a billion bucks a "joint" -- is impressive.

Taken in from the outside, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a statement of opulence. Defined by its art deco/Hoover .... read more
CMA has pledged $10 million to "Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here," the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. This donation is the largest philanthropic gift in the .... read more
More than three years after a flood destroyed three of the most prominent fine arts buildings on the University of Iowa Campus, the Iowa state Board of Regents and members of the public got their first comprehensive look Tuesday at what the replacements will look .... read more
Lincoln Center Theater will open its new venue, the Claire Tow Theater, on June 4 with the premiere of "Slowgirl" by playwright Greg Pierce, the venue announced Tuesday.

The Claire Tow Theater, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, is a minimalist, two-story structure built .... read more
Certain modern architects view the restoration of historic buildings like an archaeological dig that exhumes alterations over time and places the resulting evidence on display. Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron (with Platt Byard Dovell White as executive architect) approached the restoration of the Park .... read more
Josh Dachs has written about Black Box theaters called "The Neutrality Trap" which is featured in this month's issue of American Theater Magazine.
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While 2011 brought much-needed renovations to several major Manhattan venues, 2012 will see the opening of a number of new theaters around town. Their architectural renderings herald gleaming, Emerald City promise; in those computer-generated utopias, no show has yet flopped, and no one's disgruntled with their seat, .... read more
It's reasonable to imagine that, at press time, the fine folks over at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are busting out the Champagne. The occasion? The museum has just received the single largest donation in its 44-year history.

The Country .... read more
When Sarah McLachlan hits the unblemished stage of Burlington's Performing Arts Centre on its opening night tonight, she'll be met by a capacity crowd. In attendance at the brand-new $41-million facility will be fans, perhaps some dignitaries and boosters of the local arts scene.
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History and modern design will come together in a new $629 million, glass-walled concert hall to be built as a futuristic second home for St. Petersburg's 19th century Mariinsky theatre.

The Mariinsky Second Stage expected to open next year across the canal from the .... read more
For one of the oldest major performing arts venues in New York - one that's hosted many of the world's premier artists for nearly 70 years -  City Center seems to have had something of a self-esteem problem.

It seated more than 2,700 people .... read more
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Built in 1861, the Park Avenue Armory Park functioned as both a military facility and a social club for the prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard of President Lincoln's volunteer militia.  Now, the 210,000 sqf five story building (which occupies an entire city block) serves .... read more
Maybe you missed certain flicks of the fan in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's popular "Revelations" because of City Center's poor sight lines.

Maybe you were jammed in the center's outer lobby trying to enter an Encores! performance of a classic musical like ".... read more
Just one year shy of the 50th anniversary of its New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) can celebrate another milestone at this year's cinema fest, which takes place from September 30 through October 16. In addition to presenting films by such directors .... read more
The Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday shared its plans to further restore and transform its historic building into a multi-use arts space.

The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron is leading a $200 million renovation project that will include the 55,000-square-foot drill hall and .... read more
Their work has been transformative and widely celebrated, as when they turned a former power station into the acclaimed Tate Modern in London in 2000.

So why would the prizewinning Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron take on the Park Avenue Armory, .... read more
The occasion may have been the formal inauguration of a major government arts facility.

But with dancers shaking, drums pounding, and a gospel children's choir shouting into the sun-filled air, the atmosphere at the long-awaited opening of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center .... read more
"Take your hands," says the architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, "as if you were clapping after a performance. Then pull them apart ever so slightly and look at them."

Now look at Arquitectonica's new South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center, and you will see the .... read more
When a major new orchestra hall is opened, welcoming speeches from public officials and board members are almost inevitable. So it was here on Wednesday night for the inaugural program of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at its handsome new home: more than 30 minutes of speeches, .... read more
Every work week at Diamond and Schmitt Architects ends with an internal presentation of a project, which is then opened to general discussion by the team.

"They wanted the hall to be completely transparent," Jack Diamond said of the younger associates in the .... read more
The backstage area is still mostly raw concrete, and sheets of bright green insulation are visible on the exterior. But the essential part of Montreal's new symphony building - the hall itself - is ready for its public debut this week.

Like many .... read more
The new concert hall has not yet opened its doors to the paying public, but the first reviews are in, and they are raves.

"One of the greatest halls I've ever played in," said MSO concertmaster Richard Roberts after a full day of .... read more
New estimates indicate that flooding at the Weston Playhouse will cause between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages.

Fears about Hurricane Irene may have shuttered Broadway this weekend, but the worst havoc to a theater occurred roughly 230 miles to the north in flood-ravaged Vermont. The Weston .... read more
Unlike many West Coast denizens, architect James Brown isn't sneering at yesterday's 5.8 temblor. "That was a real West Coast earthquake," he says.

Brown works at the Vancouver firm Bing Thom Architects, and supervised the construction of Arena Stage's new Mead Center for American .... read more
From the time he won the competition to design the new concert hall for the OSM, architect Jack Diamond knew exactly what the building needed to be. A good concert hall for an esteemed company that has long endured performing in a place with less .... read more
A new Jacobean-style theatre, built next to Shakespeare's restored Globe alongside the River Thames, will be lit by candle and lantern and feature something the Bard would have loved -- a roof.

The replica of an indoor theatre based on 17th century designs .... read more
Shakespeare's Globe has appointed Allies and Morrison to lead the design of the Globe's new indoor Jacobean Theatre. Allies and Morrison have extensive experience in the care and conservation of historic and listed buildings and successfully led the design of the redevelopment of the Royal .... read more
New York City Center will reopen following a historic renovation and modernization with a star-studded gala on October 25. The event will kick off a celebratory season of new and expanded programming, festivals, exhibits, a special commission, and performances by world-class dance and theater companies. The .... read more
A concrete crater remains where seats have been stripped away in the belly of the old Municipal Auditorium; the room is cavernous, like an old rock quarry. For now, the hulking stage that has hosted concerts, boxing matches, and high school graduations since the auditorium .... read more
Excitement about The Smith Center opening next year is building nearly as quickly as construction on the downtown facility itself.

With tickets for the first performances -- a shortened Broadway series season -- going on sale Tuesday, area residents will soon have a .... read more
Is it time to demolish the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and build something better in its place? If so, how could such a costly project be financed? And would the City of Toronto continue to own the centre?

Those are the .... read more
There are two compelling reasons to visit Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater: the theatrical productions and the wonderful new work of iconic modern architecture that preserves and envelops the older modern architecture.

In designing the Mead Center, Vancouver-based Bing .... read more
"In my next life," says Richard Olcott, FAIA, a partner at Ennead Architects, "I want to come back as the acoustician. The acoustician always gets his way."
Projected on the wall in front of Olcott in his Lower Manhattan office are diagrams that appear .... read more
The concept is designed as a 135,000-square-foot repository for the city's cultural aspirations: It'll be a performance hall, a recording studio, a radio station, a classroom space, and a museum.

Allied Works Architecture has revealed final plans for an ambitious $135 million National Music .... read more
Kevin Garland still remembers the pessimistic prediction of a well-wisher when she took over as executive director of the National Ballet of Canada a decade ago.

"I was told: You will never raise more than about $3.2 million a year in operating funding. And .... read more
Two years after holding an international architectural competition that saw world-renowned designers face off in a public presentation, the National Music Centre revealed the extraordinary final design by Allied Works Architecture, the winner of the competition.

"We have worked tirelessly over the last .... read more
A 78,000-square-foot building will fill a long-standing void at Reed College: a comprehensive facility to house the school's performing arts programs.

"All of these departments were in different buildings across campus," said Hugh Porter, Reed's vice president of college relations.

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As a trend-setting designer and architect, David Rockwell has done it all -  from Broadway shows and a restaurant partly owned by Robert De Niro to children's hospitals and a hip hotel near Times Square.

On Friday, his latest creation will open: .... read more
For one of Lincoln Center's most popular and populist entities, the Film Society has had relatively low visibility at the cultural complex. That's about to change with the June 17 opening of the Elinor Bunin Film Center on West 65th Street, which adds three screens and .... read more
Between its expert curatorial staff and its institutional clout, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has been at the epicenter of the city's film culture since 1969. Yet, its programs have long been limited by physical resources: a single, much-cherished screen in the Walter Reade Theater.<.... read more
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is planning its first major upgrade since its opening 20 years ago in order to continue to attract Broadway shows and big-name entertainers.

The center wants to renovate its theaters as well as build an arts education .... read more
The stately Municipal Auditorium building is about two weeks away from the first baby steps of construction work to turn it into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The city will move out of the historic building May 23, and a nonprofit foundation .... read more
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts moved closer to completion when the bell tower on the building was capped.

The Center is set to open in March of 2012. In April the bell tower was finished. The bell tower is one of the .... read more
"Other than Hoover Dam, I don't know of any project that has touched the community as broadly and deeply as this one will," Smith Center Chairman Don Snyder said.

Don Snyder is more than a pillar of the community in Las Vegas. Interviewing .... read more
Diavolo translates to "day" and "I fly," so the spanking new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hopes this Los Angeles-based performance troupe will help the center take off. With their outrageously surrealistic and large-scale interdisciplinary performances -- think larger than life-size everyday items such as .... read more
   After three years of setbacks and $5.2 million in construction delays, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Center should open Saturday with a line of new hires in place to kick off its inaugural season.

   "The building is absolutely fabulous," said Michael .... read more
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, once a storied ensemble that gave blazing performances with the international maestro Charles Dutoit, lost some luster when he left amid acrimony with the players. A bitter five-month strike several years later, in 2005, took a further toll.

But now, .... read more
Standing six-foot-four, Mark Elliott is the biggest member of the Performing Arts Centre users group. That's why he was appointed "official seat tester."

On a two-day tour of arts centres across the province earlier this month, Elliott had to fold his lanky frame .... read more
Sibby Harrison and Joan McCartney are, at age 82, among the older and wiser habitues of the landmark Picture House in Pelham. So it was with a special knowingness that they lamented the state in which they had, on their most recent visits, found the theater: .... read more
The construction on the south side of West 65th Street is almost finished, the first movie has been booked and a programming consultant with long experience in independent films has been hired. After nearly four years and an investment of $41 million, the Film Society of .... read more
Interdisciplinary arts programs are nothing new on college campuses, but they've gained new prominence in an age of digital communication and social networks, which effortlessly spread the message that anything is sharable - at any time. So forget striving to be the kind of novelist .... read more
Western Connecticut State University President James Schmotter was thrilled this week to hear that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had signed off on bonding for a new visual and performing arts center at WestConn.

While the university prepares to operate at a 12 percent cut .... read more
It's kind of an odd duck on the mostly traditional College Hill campus of Brown University.

It even looks like a duck, a cubist duck maybe, square and blocky but with tail feathers tilting upward.

It's Brown's new Granoff Center for .... read more
Six months after its initial groundbreaking, The Picture House in Pelham officially "opened" Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Passing cars honked in approval as theater staff and government officials paid tribute to the 90-year-old landmark that, since 1921, has screened silent films, then talkies, .... read more
New York City Center, dedicated by Mayor LaGuardia in 1943 as Manhattan's first performing arts center, today begins the final phase of its historic renovation and restoration. Designed by Ennead Architects LLP, (formerly known as Polshek Partnership Architects), the renovation will preserve and restore the landmark 1923 .... read more
Consider this (apologies to the aluminum foil folks) a Reynolds rap.

"There's not a fight we haven't had, so having had them, we don't have to have them again," said architect David Schwarz, ribbing his professional cohorts, theatrical designer Joshua Dachs and acoustics .... read more
Architect Hugh Hardy restored the gold-leaf glory of Radio City Music Hall in 1999, returned Bryant Park from dereliction to Parisian-style elegance and spurred the revival of 42nd Street by reincarnating the New Victory Theater and the New Amsterdam. Now, at 78, he is working on three .... read more
After 19 years of planning and development - and $51 million from county tourism and other taxes -  the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay is gearing up to open its doors in April.

"I hope the community gets a sense of .... read more
Circle the date on the calendar, if you're a 20th-century holdover. Otherwise, input it into your BlackBerry.
 
Either way...

"We've got an opening date," said Myron Martin, president of the Smith Center for the Performing arts. "It's March 10."

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The city of St. Catharines and Brock University have retained Toronto's Diamond + Schmitt Architects to design a $94 million performing arts complex in the city's downtown core.

The project involves construction of the new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre as well as the adaptive .... read more
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Seasonal Expansion
58th Annual P/A Awards: Cultural Projects Winner
by Vernon Mays

Site: The paved exterior space of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings &.... read more
Brown University is celebrating the opening of a new $40 million arts building. It will be a venue for performances and art exhibits, as well as classroom space for subjects as varied as robotics and music.

The Ivy League school will open the Granoff .... read more
The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts -  the newest building on campus - opens to the public today.

The building, located on the Walk between Angell and Olive streets just west of the Brown Bookstore, will provide a .... read more
Brown University will officially open the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Feb. 10, 2011. The interdisciplinary arts center will foster innovation, research, collaboration, creativity, and education among the arts, humanities, and sciences and will be a focal point of the University's College Hill .... read more
For years, it was the home of the East Side Service Center, a place where motorists could buy gas, pick up a newspaper and grab a cup of coffee to go. Now, thanks to a group of artistic and academic visionaries at Brown University, it's .... read more
The Barnard College Diana Center's site is set within an intimate campus compressed within the dense urban environment of Manhattan. Comprised of an eclectic group of predominantly brick buildings, the campus is focused around Lehman Lawn with disconnected landscape spaces at the periphery.

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While trudging up a snowy Broadway sidewalk Tuesday night en route to a concert by the New York Philharmonic, I ducked into the new David Rubenstein Atrium just north of 62nd Street and was surprised to find the place hopping.

The atrium is .... read more
The vast majority of the redesign and rebuilding of New York's Lincoln Center is now finished. And even on a blustery winter day, the 16-acre arts center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, is looking livelier, smarter, hipper and more inviting - it is a .... read more
While Bay Area museums like SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum have looked outside the state and even the country to find architects for their recent expansion projects, a new arts organization in Emeryville, a small city sandwiched between Berkeley and Oakland, was determined to .... read more
The architect of the popular sculpture garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a new cultural gig: the new Emeryville Center for the Arts.

The board of the young institution selected Jensen Architects of San Francisco after a design competition .... read more
Until a few years ago, the architects who won the commission to design Eli Broad's downtown Los Angeles museum were known for anything but the standard practice of architecture.

Elizabeth Diller and Rick Scofidio, who are married, were more interested in being artists .... read more
The recent reopening of the Arena Stage was an enormous event for this city, and not just because people were eager to see the musical "Oklahoma!"

In 1961, the Arena Stage was known for opening the country's first theater-in-the-round. It was designed by the .... read more
Conceived as a hall for the birthing of new plays, Arena Stage's newest space, the Kogod Cradle, warmly embraces that essential function with its inaugural presentation: the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's folkloric exploration of hate crimes in the American South, "every tongue confess."
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Fisher Dachs Associates, one of the world's leading theatre planning and design practices specializing in theatres, opera houses, concert halls and other types of performing arts facilities, announces the opening of its new office in the United Kingdom.  The Stratford-upon-Avon office joins FDA offices .... read more
Redefining an existing campus is difficult at the best of times, but more so when, as in the case of Barnard College, the framework dates back to the 19th century and had been expanded with an ad hoc assemblage of buildings and architectural styles. But .... read more
Architectural time travel always exhilarates me. One minute, I'm walking along Washington's National Mall, where ancient Rome and masses of marble were mined to ennoble America's capital.

Ten minutes later, I pull up to an exuberant, life-giving piece of West Coast architecture that .... read more
The Washington theater complex that sent "The Great White Hope" and "Next to Normal" to Broadway has revamped itself with an eclectic expansion by architect Bing Thom of Vancouver.

Flying in the face of the capital's pomposity, Thom gave the pugnaciously concrete Arena .... read more
By Linda Hales

The new expansion of the Arena Stage is nothing if not theatrical. Eighteen monumental columns of Douglas fir sustain a 45-foot-tall glass curtain wall, which curves like a giant Alvar Aalto vase. A cantilevered white cloud of a roof salutes .... read more

Maybe there really are no second acts in American lives, as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously pronounced. But the lives of American theaters are a different story. On Oct. 23 - after seven years in planning, three years in constructing and $135 million in financing - the 60-year-old .... read more

By Maura Judkis

The new cradle of American theater was first rocked by artist Richard Serra. The Kogod Cradle - so named because it is intended to cradle the innovative works of American playwrights - is the newest theater within the gleaming .... read more

Peer closely and you'll make out not one theatre behind that glass facade, but three. It's Bing Thom Architects' audacious response to the need to make artistic and architectural sense of two dysfunctional theatres in a deprived area of Washington DC. Ike Ijeh was wowed<.... read more
In the late 1950s, after poverty near the Capitol became a national embarrassment, blocks of old row houses in the southwest waterfront district here were bulldozed in a radical slum-clearing effort. Built in their place were several crisp apartment blocks by I. M. Pei and .... read more
Washington likes its buildings imposing, their walls stone-solid - and the activities inside concealed and guarded 24-7. The city's century-old height limit preserves the iconic views of the Capitol at the cost of imposing a bulky and boxy shape on most large buildings, from concrete .... read more
Arena Stage's new building: a brilliant addition, and a challenge, to the city

As you negotiate the traffic-clogged lanes of I-395 as it passes over the Washington waterfront, look east, and there's a tonic on the horizon. The thin white roof of architect .... read more
Arena Stage is about to make the most dramatic entrance in its storied, 60-year history, reintroducing itself to the city in a radical new shape, with a $135 million remodeling that seeks to turn it into a gleaming fixture of Southwest Washington and a national center .... read more
Many artists come to New York to play the big room, and these days the biggest of the big rooms is the 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory, a faded relic of the Gilded Age that has been gradually undergoing a $200 million conversion .... read more
Like a seasoned orchestra, an arrangement of elite engineers, architects and consultants is working symphonically in downtown Las Vegas to create the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The $470 million multivenue music and performance complex at Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue promises .... read more
They're going to build a international-level performing arts center where? South Miami-Dade County? Yes, specifically in Cutler Bay, formerly Cutler Ridge (before that known as the sticks or boonies). That's right. It's coming. And even if the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is several years .... read more
Utica's Stanley and Syracuse's Landmark theaters find their own ways to compete against Turning Stone

The operators of the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and the Stanley Theatre in Utica knew they were in for some tough competition when the Turning Stone Resort and .... read more
A long-planned $16 million renovation of the historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Syracuse is expected to begin this fall.

First announced in 2002, the renovation will take about a year. The theater's auditorium and stage will be closed to events, including the showing of movies, .... read more
Here's something you probably don't know about Molly Smith, the artistic director of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage: She's a parallel-parking whiz. It's not a talent to sneer at in a city that can be harder on automobile owners than it is on unconfirmed .... read more
Jan Benzel is an editor at The Times who is being reassigned to Paris. Before she leaves, she is attempting to do all the things in the city that every New Yorker should do, at least once.

Lincoln Center, that Eisenhower-era complex of .... read more
Costume Shop Director Joe Salasovich is pleased as punch with his set-up at Arena Stage's Mead Center for American Theater, which the company moved into last Monday - he's got more space, he's no longer hopping between locations in Northern Virginia and U Street NW, .... read more
Toward the end of our phone conversation Tuesday, I ask Arena Stage's artistic director, Molly Smith, if the company's choice of Oklahoma! as its late-October season-opener - the first performance in its dramatic, glassed-in, $125 million Mead

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Municipal Auditorium will have a new name  - the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -  in honor of a local family known for its arts philanthropy and the result of what's believed to be the largest single arts-related donation in San Antonio .... read more
On May 11, Stanford University broke ground on a new 844-seat performing arts space that will be a key element of an emerging campus arts complex presently anchored by the Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

Designed by New York's Polshek Partnership, the $110-million Bing .... read more
Sometimes, architectural complexity comes in a simple form, even a box. The Diana Center, designed by New York-based Weiss/Manfredi for Barnard College, looks simple: a five-story glass prism served straight-up. Its terra-cotta color matches the largely brick Barnard and Columbia University campuses, which face .... read more
Marina Bay Sands is a high-density, mixed-use integrated resort that brings together a 2,561-room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore's Central Business District.  Designed by Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie, the 929,000 square meter (10 million square-foot) .... read more
Weighing 19 tons in total and consisting of a maze of nearly 4,200 pipes that need to be put back together after years in storage, pieces of the city's only concert pipe organ were emptied on Monday from two semi-trailer trucks parked outside the newly rebuilt Alice .... read more
As Spoleto Festival USA audiences celebrate the return of the Dock Street Theatre, artists and production staff are left grumbling about the challenges at another Spoleto venue, Gaillard Municipal Auditorium.

There is a section in the orchestra under the overhang of the balcony .... read more
I was eating lunch Monday at Chicago Hot Dogs on Rancho Drive when a woman sitting near me struck up a conversation with some people who had just given their order. She said her employer transferred her to Las Vegas three years ago, she doesn't .... read more
From an Upper East Side townhouse to a SoHo storefront to a Long Island City warehouse, New York City's Museum for African Art has had three different homes since opening to the public in 1984. While this nomadic existence was somewhat fitting for a fledgling institution .... read more
Stanford University broke ground Tuesday morning on a 844-seat concert hall designed to gather all of the university's musical activities under one roof.

The $111.9 million Bing Concert Hall, named in honor of donors Helen and Peter Bing, will stand at the east end .... read more
On Tuesday, May 11, Stanford University will celebrate the groundbreaking for its state-of-the-art concert hall, which is slated for completion in summer 2012, with the first public performances in January 2013.

The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall has been designed for a wide range of music performances, .... read more
Envisioned as an oval ship rising from a sea of glass, the area's newest music venue, Bing Concert Hall, is scheduled for its groundbreaking ceremony next Tuesday (May 11) on the Stanford University campus.

The $112 million, 112,000-square-foot center has a high-profile pedigree: designed by .... read more
The board of the New School approved plans on Wednesday evening to build a 16-story, $353 million University Center, the largest construction project in the university's 91-year history in Greenwich Village.

The unusual bronze-and-glass structure will rise on Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th .... read more
Change comes slowly, at least psychologically, to Greenwich Village, which, despite the double-decker tourist buses and the crowds (still) lining up for cupcakes in front of the Magnolia Bakery, persists in thinking of itself as a sleepy bohemian enclave.

So the design for .... read more
At a time when arts organizations and universities are struggling to pay their bills, Stanford University is tuning up to break ground on the campus' first true concert hall with world-class acoustics financed by $112 million in private gifts.

The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall .... read more
What began in a rented townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side has grown to become an internationally recognized preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art.   The Museum for African Art will finally find a permanent home along .... read more
City Center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1943 as Manhattan's first major performing arts center, is embarking on a $75 million renovation and restoration of its landmark neo-Moorish building on West 55th Street.

The renovation, which City Center is to announce on Wednesday, .... read more
The Old Globe in San Diego is celebrating its 75th anniversary by christening the new Prebys Theatre Center and its centerpiece the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. The White is a 250-seat arena theatre that replaces the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage. While much-loved for .... read more
The valley's long awaited downtown cultural complex recently took a step closer to becoming a reality. The $470 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-theater and concert venue, celebrated a construction milestone on Feb. 25. Southern Nevada elected officials and powerbrokers turned out to see .... read more
When Columbia builds, the city cringes. It started so beautifully: In the 1890s, McKim, Mead & White laid out a serene campus on the rocky outcrop of Morningside Heights, its gated grounds defended by a stone perimeter. But few universities could have done a more .... read more
You don't expect to find high architecture in a high school auditorium. But the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts upsets all expectations. Rooted to its site on Middlefield Road, it's an instant civic monument, a luminous and intimate theater and a top-quality teaching tool all .... read more
On two occasions Don Snyder approached one of the nation's largest private philanthropic organizations about supporting a performing arts center in Las Vegas. Both times, Snyder says, the foundation said it wasn't interested in getting behind the project.

More than $150 million later, that .... read more
The showdown will begin on April 27.

The two integrated resorts (IRs) on Singapore shores will finally lock horns - some five years after their winning bids - when Marina Bay Sands (MBS) throws open its doors to visitors, punters included, that day.
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New School officials and project architects presented the latest plans for the University Center - to be built at the site of the school's current 65 Fifth Ave. - at a meeting of Community Board 2's Arts and Institutions Committee last Wednesday.

As its .... read more
Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday it will open a portion of the $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on April 27.

The project's nearly 3-acre SkyPark, which sits atop the hotel-casino's three 55-story hotel towers, will open June 23 as part of the overall .... read more
Performers won't strike their first notes in the newly planned Bing Concert Hall for at least two years, but the music community here is already abuzz with anticipation.

University trustees last week announced that construction plans have been approved for the new $110 million .... read more
The Washington theater company Arena Stage on Wednesday announced productions for its 2010-11 season that coincide with the grand opening of its new campus. The complex, the Mead Center for American Theater,  will include three theaters, rehearsal and shop space, and offices and will .... read more
After a $125 million makeover -- the most expensive theater renovation in Washington history -- the first words to ring out at Arena Stage in Southwest Washington this fall will be old ones. But the sentiment they express, the company hopes, will seem as fresh and .... read more
The plot of land at Symphony Park Avenue and City Parkway sits literally at the crossroads of Las Vegas' history. What was once home to the rail yard that helped put Las Vegas on the map in 1905 is becoming home to a performing arts center .... read more
This plot of land at the corner of Symphony Park Avenue and City Parkway feels symbolic: What was once home to the railroad that put Las Vegas on the map as a city is now home to a performing arts center designed to put us .... read more
By PATRICK HEALY
Published: February 8, 2010

Shakespeare enthusiasts, get thee to the Armory: the Royal Shakespeare Company will hold court in Manhattan in the summer of 2011 for an unprecedented six-week, five-play residency. The troupe will occupy a newly constructed theater inside the Park .... read more
The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit that matches kids from Hells Kitchen with professional theater artists (Cynthia Nixon, Billy Crudup, and Edie Falco to name a few) to create original works, has officially opened in its permanent home designed by BKSK Architects. After occupying various .... read more
Diana Center opened last week as Weiss / Manfredi has managed to settle almost imperceptibly between buildings Parisian pretensions to Broadway in New York. The building is an extension of the Barnard College of Liberal Arts.

The Barnard College's education has always aimed exclusively .... read more
In the early 1960s Hugh Hardy worked as an assistant to Jo Mielziner, the theatrical designer. Mr. Mielziner was collaborating with Eero Saarinen on the design of the Vivian Beaumont Theater for the new Lincoln Center, and part of Mr. Hardy's job was to mediate .... read more
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Part education research centre, part museum, part recording studio, part live music venue, the facility will create a space for innovative and creative programs for people of all ages.

In collaboration with the Cantos Music Foundation, .... read more
As part of a $22-million upgrade, the Old Globe Theatre demolished a 224-seat in-the-round theater and replaced it with ... a 250-seat in-the-round theater. The spaces are so similar that, from your seat, you have to look closely to notice what's different.

Good thing.<.... read more
In 1975, Gerald Ford was president, the country was in the grips of a recession and, in Scottsdale, a new performing arts center opened with a concert by Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer and songwriter Roger Miller.

In 2009, Barack Obama serves as president, the .... read more
Aqua Theater presents a challenge to an architect who has created dance clubs and carousels for ships.

"Think of bouncing up and down in the back of the school bus," Scott Butler says. "Now think of 135,000 gallons of water bouncing up from a .... read more
Los Angeles, too often dismissed as "tinsel town" for its association with the entertainment industry, is a vibrant hub of the performing arts, with sophisticated audiences and an abundance of local talent. The LA Philharmonic fills the 2400 seats of Walt Disney Concert Hall for its .... read more
The New School's 65 Fifth Avenue has had its head on the executioner's block, so to speak, for a few months already. But still in question this whole time has been what structure will replace it. After the locals fought off the variances required for the .... read more
It's one of the better laughs in the Old Globe's marital musical "I Do! I Do!": When the uppity husband presents his wife with a full-page litany of complaints, she responds by pulling out a single index card of her own grievances - which proves .... read more
Megan O'Toole, National Post: Thursday, December 17, 2009

The final piece of Regent Park's revitalization plan fell into place Wednesday as officials unveiled the blueprint for a $37-million arts and cultural centre.

The sleek, glass-fronted facility is designed by Diamond+Schmitt Architects, the .... read more
The Old Globe Theatre staged more than 200 productions on the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, which is rather impressive considering that the space was never even meant to be a theater.

"It was supposed to be a tavern," explained Old Globe Executive Producer Lou .... read more
When Conrad Prebys was growing up, theater opened his eyes. Now the developer and philanthropist is returning the favor.

Tomorrow, the Old Globe Theatre will open the $22 million Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, which boasts a technologically advanced performance space and an eye-popping array .... read more
San Diego's Old Globe Theatre this morning unveiled a $22-million theater and education center on its 3-acre campus in Balboa Park.

The new complex, which also includes an outdoor restaurant and a plaza, came in "on time and on budget," said Globe board .... read more
When the world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas sails its first Caribbean cruise on December 1, passengers will experience exciting outdoor and indoor theaters, nightclubs and lounges, a skating rink, photo gallery and a landscaped park - all designed by Wilson Butler Architects . The .... read more

The transformation of Lincoln Center begins with the renovation of Alice Tully Hall

Lincoln Center is undergoing a profound transformation. This is not news to anyone who, in the last year, has tried to negotiate the plaza, which .... read more

The costs for a controversial plan to build a $64 million amphitheater in Coney Island could balloon further as city officials are now considering topping it off with a retractable roof.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz confirmed he's "actively pursuing the possibility of adding .... read more
It looked as if a large chunk of Hampshire, complete with trees, apartments, and a street lined with shops and bars, had broken off and floated out into the middle of the Solent.
But this was no monster piece of flotsam and jetsam but .... read more
Years of wishful thinking among members of Charleston's arts community and months of discussions among community leaders have produced a clear picture of a new downtown performing arts and civic center with an extensively renovated Gaillard Municipal Auditorium at its heart.

The Gaillard .... read more
Bing Thom, AIA, can rightfully say he's in the business of building cities-but not in the imperial, strong handed, single-authorship mode of Robert Moses or Corbusier. His Vancouver-based firm Bing Thom Architects specializes in regenerative urbanism that works on many scales, from individual cultural, institutional, .... read more
Architect Jack Diamond embraces high-tech tools but doesn't see the computer ever replacing pencil and paper when it comes to conceptual design

"I started in one room on my own some years ago," says Jack Diamond, 76, the founding principal of Diamond and Schmitt .... read more
In its previous incarnations over the last nine decades, Henry Miller's Theatre on West 43rd Street has been a Broadway mainstay, a discotheque, and a porn palace. Reaching back into the past was therefore something of a delicate matter for Cook + Fox Architects, which has .... read more
In weekend celebrations, audiences got their first look inside the architecturally bold new theater at Menlo-Atherton High School.

On Friday, the M-A community gathered for student performances. Saturday's grand opening featured the Menlo-Atherton Jazz Band and talks by M-A Principal Matthew Zito and .... read more
 It's big. It's bold. It certainly is bodacious. Perhaps the new performing arts center at Menlo-Atherton High School is also beautiful in its panorama of beige angles rising at the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Beauty depends on .... read more
Although Henry Miller's Theatre is part of the recently completed Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, its exterior hardly looks brand new. The beautiful facade of the original 1918 building remains intact: the red brick walls, Greek-inspired urns, and neo-Georgian details are flanked by .... read more
When David M. Rubenstein turned 54, he read that white Jewish males were likely to live to 81. "So I said, 'I have 27 years to go,' " Mr. Rubenstein said. "I could be like the pharaohs and say, 'Bury me with my money.' Or I could .... read more
The stage is set! After months of planning and a multi-million dollar makeover, Nazareth College's Arts Center is reopening its doors.
    
The center officially opens Saturday with a special night of performances.
    
"The .... read more
Plans were unveiled last night for the Cantos National Music Centre in Calgary; the results of an eight month global design search and competition. Opened in March 2009, the contest was narrowed to five architecture firms by July, each of whom presented their vision to a .... read more
Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Ore., and New York City is the winner of an international architectural competition to design the new National Music Centre at the King Eddy, it was announced Wednesday by the Cantos Music Foundation.

Brad Cloepfil, the firm's 54-year-old .... read more
After 40 years of leading the Menlo-Atherton band in temporary spaces, Frank Moura is close to seeing a proper $32 million performing arts center open on the campus.

While the 492-seat theater with an orchestra pit, a small cafeteria and practice space is practically complete, .... read more
The Juilliard School will unveil its new state-of-the-art, multi-use space, the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, at an Oct. 6 ceremony at the Manhattan school.

The theatre is named for the late composer of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Juilliard alumnus .... read more

Transition Announcement

The last time I wrote about Joanna Baymiller publicly, it was to praise her successful albeit unconventional efforts to bring us greater attention and lead the charge to new .... read more

After six years of drama and delay, the Russian government has selected a replacement architect and revised design for the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

On July 28, officials selected Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects for the job through an international competition. The .... read more
After more than a year of the beep-beep of forklifts and the thumping of jackhammers, music will be heard again this fall at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which is set to reopen with a new theater, a new artistic director and a .... read more
There's one key factor that gives the Great White Way its sense of permanence: those quirky 40 stages in a narrow patch of Midtown Manhattan. When one of them turns into a movie theater or becomes a dance club, it's cause for sadness. When one is .... read more
Success breeds success--in architecture especially. For proof, witness the meteoric rise of Diller Scofidio Renfro. A few years ago, the firm hadn't completed many large projects; they were best-known as high-minded conceptualists. But then came big commissions: for ICA in Boston, Alice Tully Hall in .... read more
Canadian architectural firm Diamond + Schmitt Architects won the international competition to design Mariinsky II, Russia's first new, grand-scale opera house since the Bolshevik Revolution.

The firm's head architect, Jack Diamond, spoke in a recent interview about what St. Petersburg will gain from the .... read more
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Creative Arts Center for the Brown University campus is slated for completion in 2010.  The new 36,000 square foot center will include a 200 seat recital hall, 35mm screening facility, recording studio, multimedia lab, gallery space and large multi-purpose production studios.

Three .... read more
Russia is turning to a team of Toronto architects to design a new ballet and opera house at the renowned Mariinsky Theatre complex in St. Petersburg.

Diamond and Schmitt Architects was selected from five competitors around the world to work on the $450-million .... read more
Russia's world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev announced that Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto has been selected to design the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, which will add 2,000 seats to the growing Mariinsky complex. The existing Mariinsky Theatre, opened in 1860, has been home to premieres .... read more
Jack Diamond normally isn't a vodka man.

But he certainly was yesterday as he celebrated the Russian government's announcement that the Canadian architect had won an international competition to design one of the world's most sought-after commissions, the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. .... read more
Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the designers of the new concert hall adjacent to Place des Arts, have another major arts project to finish by 2011: the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Sleek and rectangular like the Montreal facility, the new theatre will be .... read more
The Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation has chosen three teams to lead the acoustics, theatrical and cost consulting for the renovation of Municipal Auditorium into the premiere arts venue for San Antonio. Akustiks, an acoustical consulting firm, was chosen to lead the acoustical design .... read more
The final pieces of the design team have clicked into place for the remaking of the iconic Municipal Auditorium into a modern-day performing arts center.

Fisher Dachs Associates of New York will lead the theater planning and design, Connecticut-based Akustiks will lead the .... read more
The ambition and scale of the $100-million project that will transform the Cantos Music Foundation into the National Music Centre at the King Eddy comes into sharp focus with the architects' visions of what Calgary's newest cultural centre could be like.

Call it .... read more
The long-delayed Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site is making a comeback.

A new proposal would rescue the PAC from the tangle of infrastructure in the middle of the Trade Center site and plunk it down where the Deutsche Bank .... read more
Museums are increasingly becoming like theaters, their once-staid display cases giving way to extended narratives and elaborate special effects. But now, after nearly two years of renovations, a theater has become more fully a museum. It is being incorporated into an expanding multibuilding exhibition that .... read more
The Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation has chosen Fisher Dachs Associates to join the team of Marmon Mok,  LMN Architects and A'Kustiks to redesign the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio. The new performing arts center will highlight the unique character of an historic .... read more
This is a big year for golden anniversaries. Lincoln Center is marking its first half-century with a year-long celebration and an ambitious rebuilding program, and the Guggenheim Museum is honoring its 50th with a huge show that pays homage to its famous architect, Frank Lloyd .... read more