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 in winter: subdued (somewhat), at .... read more
Toronto architect Jack Diamond says the wraparound onyx walls define the new Mariinsky Theatre
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.... 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 .... 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, .... 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 .... 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 we .... 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 .... 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 .... read more