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The rapid transformation of a small town into a big town often means, paradoxically, that its downtown goes to hell. Richmond Hill, which now counts 185,000 souls, follows the trend: a grand yellow-brick United Church, built in 1881, graces Yonge Street in the town's heart, flanked on .... read more
I have returned from New York marvelling, not for the first time, at the bouncebackability (as they say in sporting circles) of this pulsing city. Ancient tribes believed that they could harness colossal powers by building monuments on ley lines, along which the Earth's energy .... read more
After being closed for an 18-month, multimillion-dollar renovation, the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington reopened to the public Feb. 3, the week before the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth.

Lincoln attended many performances at Ford's Theatre, but it was the last show he .... read more
"To wake the soul by tender strokes of art," reads the inscription inside the lid of the old harpsichord of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The gorgeous instrument had been AWOL for nearly two years as the Chamber Music Society's Alice Tully Hall .... read more
About a month ago, running late, I ducked into Pain Quotidien on 65th Street for a quick bite before the opera. When I emerged, looking toward Lincoln Center, I felt like one of the citizens of Fellini's "Amarcord," gazing in wonder at the lights of .... read more
I don't think I've ever seen an ovation for a wall, but I did on Sunday night.

The pleasing, warm glow of the walls of the Lincoln Center's rebuilt and "reimagined" Alice Tully Hall got a spontaneous round of applause before the music .... read more
Finally, after what feels like endless years of planning, fund-raising, wish lists and sometimes contentious debates among the constituent institutions of Lincoln Center over the scope and timing of the renovation and redevelopment of the 16-acre campus, the first tangible results of the formidable project .... read more
New York City's Lincoln Center is one of America's premier performing-arts venues, but these days, it's just one big construction site. The 45-year-old campus is undergoing a $1.2 billion renovation to make it more modern and pedestrian-friendly. Sunday, the first part of the project is being .... read more
When Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was first proposed, in the mid-1950s, it was imagined as a sort of island of culture in the midst of Manhattan - a symphony hall, an opera house, a theater and a stage for ballet, all standing .... read more
In the old days, attending a concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center required a certain determination. The sign was easy to miss, but you could recognize the place by the clutch of smokers perched on the planters out front-nobody else would linger in .... read more
In pursuit of his homages to Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama's expected appearance at Ford's Theatre tonight may strike some as, well, dramatic.

The actor James Earl Jones and CBS news anchor Katie Couric are among the celebrities appearing at a celebration of .... read more
After $360 million of renovations, the gloomy fortress housing Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School in New York have gained light and sparkle.

A three-story wall of sheer glass will reveal the pre- concert hubbub in the lobby at Tully, a 1,087-seat recital .... read more
The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) was nearly a decade in the making. In 1999, as part of a strategic plan for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the university earmarked a "transformational" project for its campus in Troy, New York. A year later, RPI obtained .... read more
Alice Tully Hall, and the Juilliard School complex of which it is a part, were the last elements of Lincoln Center to be built, and when they opened, in 1969, they seemed like an ambitious attempt to bring cutting-edge brutalism to the place. That's probably why .... read more
Acoustics get a staring role in the design of a new performing arts center

Acoustic surface treatments and baffles may work to improve the quality of sound transmission in ordinary spaces, but to create world-class performance venues where the need for pristine acoustics .... read more
For Westside residents in Los Angeles, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica offers a welcome alternative to fighting traffic en route to a downtown theater. Owned by Santa Monica College but serving both school and community audiences, the theater complex juggles a .... read more
When the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute opened on October 3, its theatre, concert hall and two studios were ready for action with automated rigging from J. R. Clancy, Inc. They have also received a patent for their SureGrip rope .... read more
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY is the country's oldest technological university with one of the first undergraduate programs in electronic media and arts in the United States, so it isn't surprising that their recently opened $200 million facility, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media .... read more
I have long been an admirer of the theatrical and architectural drawings of the great renaissance family, Bibiena.

In 1972, my brother Roy identified a workshop portfolio of 157 drawings used by the family as a kind of "catalogue" to illustrate their capabilties to their .... read more
It was playtime in the nice new sandbox.

A Preview of the New Alice Tully Hall With giddiness and glee, musicians tested the acoustics of the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, less than a month before it reopens after a $159 million, 22.... read more