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
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
All the big names in Russian opera and ballet performed at a recent gala to open the new Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.
Guests were treated to dozens of spectacular pieces including Minkus' 'La Bayadère' and ' La Habanera' from Bizet's Carmen.<.... 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 most .... 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 in .... 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 opératique, 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 .... 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 Mahler's .... 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 a lion .... 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, two .... 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 thoroughly .... 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 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