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Twenty-five million dollars, and all anyone will notice is the new chairs.

That's the joke Ford's Theatre Director Paul Tetreault tells while leading a tour of the historic site and working theater, which has just reopened after an extensive (and expensive) 18-month renovation. .... read more
The rejuvenated Alice Tully Hall has now been open for just over a week, and musicians of various persuasions have been testing its responses during the inaugural festival. It has proved welcoming and remarkably elastic.

We heard the tenor Mark Padmore and pianist .... read more
Normally, New Yorkers never agree on anything.  But everyone seems to think the new and improved Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center's super-sized "chamber music" venue, is swell.

Hearing two programs with relatively large forces over the weekend - a bizarre new Russian .... read more
If you drop by the new Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, which celebrates its gala opening tonight with a program featuring Louise Pitre, I can guarantee one thing: You won't mind staying after school.

Not only is this bright and beautiful .... read more
An icon of New York City's cultural scene, the 1,100-seat Alice Tully Hall is a cornerstone of Manhattan's major performing arts complex. Built in 1969, its recent renovation is part of a large-scale rethinking of the entire Lincoln Center campus, with the design work led by .... read more
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