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Here at FDA we're committed to working toward ending structural racism in America. We certainly don't have all the solutions, but we can listen, we can learn, and we can act. FDA commits to the following actions:

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As you're aware, there's a lot of discussion and emotion swirling around the spread of the Coronavirus. We're relying on information provided by the CDC, the WHO, the U.S. State Department, and state and local health departments to keep informed. We'd like to share .... read more
Rice University's new music building will be named Brockman Hall for Opera and the 84,000-square-foot structure, along with Alice Pratt Brown Hall and its adjoining plaza, will be christened the Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center.

The lead donor for the project is .... read more
After saying goodbye to one Bradley Center, it's time to say hello to another.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday afternoon that the former Warner Grand Theater -- which the orchestra has been working to renovate into its new home for a couple .... read more
On Monday, Lincoln Center officials revealed a new $550 million plan to remake the New York Philharmonic's home, David Geffen Hall. The revamp, with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects focusing on the performance space and the New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects designing the public .... read more
After Years of False Starts, Geffen Hall Is Being Rebuilt. Really.
Seats: Surrounding the stage. Budget: $550 million. Opening: March 2024. Goal: Avoid past failures.

For years, the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center have struggled to do something about the orchestra's lackluster concert .... read more
Henry Timms, President and CEO of Lincoln Center, and Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic, today unveiled plans for the reimagination of David Geffen Hall. The project will transform the concert hall and all public spaces, enhancing the concertgoing experience, fostering .... read more
At 57, the home of the New York Philharmonic has already been through two name changes, one major surgery with organ removal, numerous invasive procedures, and an abortive abandonment (when the orchestra threatened to leave it for Carnegie Hall). Even so, it remains a demoralizing relic, .... read more
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City opened its expanded campus on October 21, 2019, with a new and reimagined presentation of modern and contemporary art. The $450 million expansion, developed by MoMA with architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, adds more .... read more
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has opened its doors to the public, revealing a $450 million expansion designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. While the overhaul added 47,000 square feet to the museum -- increasing gallery space by by 30 percent -- .... read more
TheaterWorks' elaborate redesign was unveiled Wednesday night to raves during a special open house.

With reviews such as "fabulous," "stunning" and "a knockout," the theater's patrons were overjoyed with the improvements to the theater, lobby and backstage at TheaterWorks longtime 233 Pearl St. home. .... read more
The museum's new space dedicated to live art opens with David Tudor's "Rainforest V (variation 1)," made with everyday objects and electronics.

It's an ambiguous name, open to interpretation and possibility: the Studio.

Perhaps that's the point. As part of .... read more
A national theater expert laid out the most detailed vision yet for Lansing's proposed downtown performing arts center last week, moving a heavy ball carried by three mayors over 20 years a few more inches down the field of dreams.

The facility would fill .... read more
Marc Warren fills the challenging role of director of production at The Shed, where he oversees all of the technical aspects of production. His job entails working closely with Alex Poots, CEO and artistic director, as well as the producing and curatorial teams to develop .... read more
The Shed, technically and artistically ambitious, opened earlier this month at Hudson Yards in New York City. With multiple performance spaces and a telescoping roof, The Shed adds an exciting -- and very flexible -- new venue to the Manhattan arts landscape with the promise .... read more
The arts are for everybody; the arts are elite. The arts are hard to define, because as soon as you call them "the arts" they become associated with ideas of wealth and class, and the institutions that propagate them tend to dictate a .... read more
The interior of the Kings Theater in Brooklyn recalls the Palace of Versailles and Paris Opera House.

The Metropolitan Opera delights with its whimsical starburst chandeliers.

In New York, we expect world-class performance spaces to be works of art themselves. Enter .... read more
The Xiqu Cultural Center, located in Hong Kong's Kowloon district, was developed as a regional hub for traditional Chinese opera. The project, designed by Vancouver and Hong Kong–based architecture firm Revery Architecture, was inspired by the diaphanous theater curtains. About 13,000 curved aluminum fins, arranged .... read more
The new cultural center will host live performance, art exhibitions, and more

Amid the gleaming new structures comprising the Hudson Yards megaproject -- the condo towers, the new seven-story mall, and Thomas Heatherwick's coppery shawarma -- the Shed, the cultural center .... read more
Walking west from Penn Station, dodging potholes on the bumpy streets of Hell's Kitchen, the glassy high-rise buildings of Manhattan's Hudson Yards appear like a hallucination over low-hanging storefronts and crumbling brick buildings. The freshly minted neighborhood's sleek new arts nonprofit, The Shed, fits in .... read more
New York City's cultural scene has just increased tenfold with the opening of the highly anticipated non-profit arts center, The Shed. Coming on the heels of the opening of Heatherwick's Vessel, The Shed is the second iconic opening in Hudson Yards, the largest private real .... read more
Architecture critics have been almost unanimous in their hatred of New York 's new Hudson Yards development, a generic pop-up landscape of soulless glass towers and high-end retail built over the wasteland of midtown Manhattan's west-side rail yard. Longtime New Yorkers, and transplants with taste, .... read more
The city's aging Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is holding the city back.

That's what studies conducted over the last few years have concluded, and city leaders are currently considering whether to take on the expensive project of building a replacement.<.... read more
Canadian studio Revery Architecture has completed an opera house in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District, which is covered in curved aluminium slats arranged in wavy patterns.

Revery Architecture designed the Xiqu Centre in collaboration with local firm Ronald Lu & Partners. It .... read more
As the Museum of Modern Art begins the final stage of its $400 million overhaul, it will close for four months this summer and autumn to reconfigure its galleries, rehang the entire collection and rethink the way that the story of modern and contemporary art is .... read more
The opening production at the first major venue to be ready at Hong Kong's new arts hub -- the much delayed, publicly funded and over-budget West Kowloon Cultural District -- needed to impress. That the venue concerned is the Xiqu Centre presented its own particular .... read more
The Xiqu Centre has opened in the West Kowloon District of Hong Kong.

While it will primarily be a performance venue for traditional Cantonese opera, known as Xiqu, it will also be bookable for third-party events and conferences from May.

Officially .... read more
The Xiqu Centre is the first performing arts centre in Hong Kong's new West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) dedicated to performing the rich heritage of Xiqu. Conceived as a cultural sanctuary, blending theatre, art and public space for celebration and contemplation, Xiqu Centre is a .... read more
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced the opening of the first landmark performing arts venue, the Xiqu Centre, at the West Kowloon Cultural District on 20 January 2019. Conveniently located at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road West in Tsim Sha Tsui, the .... read more
Pray, is there any sweeter rite of summer than an evening of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater? Do we not swoon at the verdant backdrop of Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle, more alluring than any scenic designer could conjure?

But .... read more
The College of the Holy Cross has filed plans with the city for construction of a $92 million center for the arts and creativity.

The two-level, 85,500-square-foot building is proposed for an area on the college's campus that is currently a parking lot, between .... read more
September was an exciting month at Threshold Acoustics, as the National Arts Centre (NAC) opened its newly renovated hall. A project that Threshold first began working on in 2012, it addressed the outdated design and systems of this 1960s venue, bringing it into the modern era .... read more
It was black tie very optional, but a hard hat and closed-toe shoes required, during a recent tour of the Hamel Music Center, as representatives from the design team offered a sneak preview.

Construction began in February 2017 and is scheduled for .... read more
From the Desk of Joshua Dachs:

As I said in my last post, I've been trying to understand the genesis of Arena Stage's unique and remarkable theater-in-the-round (designed by Harry Weese and opened in 1961 in Washington DC). To do this I've looked for .... read more
While the schedule for Great Lakes Center for the Arts -– be it ballets or lectures, rock concerts or operas, symphonies or comedians -– is making headlines, the heart of the newly opening non-profit performing arts venue beats for those in the audience.

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Suppose you're watching a show at the Muny -- not in real life, but in a dream. It looks different somehow, more glamorous.

Tall shells, elegant with their sleek, curvilinear silhouettes that evoke both past and future, bookend the stage in a spectrum .... read more
This extraordinary intervention fulfils the client's pipe dream for ideal accommodation, within the confines of occupied grade I and II listed buildings. It replaces a 1970s auditorium in the very heart of the Royal Academy of Music, while also adding a new auditorium with a .... read more
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is preparing to break ground on its renovation of the Warner Grand Theater and the construction of an adjacent lobby and reception building. The $80 million project is led by Milwaukee-based architecture firm Kahler Slater.

The Art Deco Warner .... read more
Last October, Foo Fighters belted out the lyrics of their latest single, "Sky Is a Neighborhood," to a sellout crowd of 6,000 at the opening night of Washington, D.C.'s newest music venue, The Anthem: "Gotta get to sleep somehow/Bangin' on the ceiling/Keep .... read more
I have always been a sucker for an encyclopedia. As a kid I would grab a volume of the World Book off the shelf -- yes, in those pre-Internet days parents actually saved up and bought their kids encyclopedias, and in fifth grade I was .... read more