A new way forward for music

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Theatre Projects have been involved in design for music spaces since the early 1960’s. We have pioneered “flexible space” for music rooms, believing that a symphony hall is a “theatre for music” that will be called upon to house many types of music, as well as other forms of entertainment.

Our first design was for the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England—also acoustician Russell Johnson’s first solo concert hall project. This pioneered platform flexibility, wing-space, flying capability, full stage lighting and sound, and the ability to transform the entire ambience of the room by three-color lighting on every surface.

Since then halls in Calgary AL, Tanglewood MA, Esplanade Singapore, Kimmell Center Philadelphia PA, Strathmore Washington DC, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, have continued to expand on this flexible concept. Recent projects such as Kimmell and Disney have included increasingly sophisticated audio-visual and video capability.

Thanks to the leadership of maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, with architect Frank Gehry, acoustician Yasu Toyota, and TPC, takes a quantum leap forward.

NWS is a teaching facility. But it also has elaborate built-in video capability, both to surround the musical performers and audience in an encompassing visual environment with full stage lighting. It also can transmit the concert to a giant video screen for an audience in the park outside the building; and via Internet 2 high-speed connections, allow broadcast, and two-way inter-communication to other centers of musical excellence around the world.