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Sidney Harman Hall - Harman Center for the Arts

Set within a new office tower, Sidney Harman Hall's three-level glass facade is distinguished by a projected bay window establishing the building's identity and purpose, and directly linking the activity within the public lobby .... read more
Washington, DC's cultural and political elite, augmented by assorted diplomats and other foreign dignitaries, was out in force on October 1st to walk the red carpet into the gala inauguration of the $89 million Sidney Harman Hall, one of the most keenly anticipated performance facilities to .... read more
Whatever else anyone may say about the new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts here, it is certainly integrated into the surrounding urban landscape. Biscayne Boulevard, a historic downtown thoroughfare, runs right through the middle of the place.

Designed by the architect Cesar .... read more
The view from the MacArthur Causeway, which connects glittery South Beach with the grittier downtown Miami, is a spectacular one: turquoise waters, opulent mansions, towering palm trees and rows of colorful cruise ships. Now, an eye-catching addition to the Miami landscape has recently appeared, the .... read more
It has come in on time and on budget. But creating Toronto's new opera house presented immense challenges, from reluctant donors and near-impossible deadlines to legislative delays, a rumbling subway, and misadventures involving wind, fire, water and snow. SANDRA MARTIN completes our series on a .... read more
Nashville, Tennessee is perhaps the last place you'd expect to find one of the world's finest classical concert halls. The epicenter of bluegrass and country music, immortalized in Robert Altman's celebrated film Nashville, the southern American town truly lives up to its moniker .... read more
When the Guthrie Theater chose French architect Jean Nouvel to design a new building along the Mississippi River, at least a fe Minnesotans probably paused to wonder what the company had gotten itself into.

The Guthrie's old thrust stage, a 1963 design by Ralph .... read more
At a time when science, technology and virtual reality exist alongside meditation, yoga and oxygen bars, Joshua Dachs (theatre designer for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the COC's new home) has struck a fine balance when it comes to designing theatres. This .... read more

Teresa Petersen joined Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. in November 2005. Most recently Technical Director at the University of California-Davis Theatre Department, she brings added skill in rigging systems design and drafting to the Rigging Department.

She has eight years of experience in technical .... read more

County leaders are touting a planned multimillion-dollar public arts palace-- and it's not the one you're thinking of.

This is a story about Miami-Dade County's fancy new performing arts center. Not that one. The other performing arts .... read more
Tucked into a narrow ravine above the Pacific Coast Highway, the Getty Villa, a faux-Roman retreat brimming with real Greco-Roman antiquities, has always drawn strong reactions. Built in the 1970's by an eccentric mogul, it was derided by aesthetes as a vulgar display of personal .... read more
One year after garnering glowing reviews for the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark., Polshek Partnership Architects has a classy new concert hall complex in downtown Omaha.

As with the Clinton library, the Holland Performing Arts Center is an .... read more

When audiences crowd into Avery Fisher Hall this Thursday for the opening of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, they won't be looking at what Josh Dachs calls "a picture frame at the end of a long room." For the 39th annual festival, Mr. Dachs's theater-design .... read more

Although it is going on 6 in dog years, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center continues to learn new tricks. For 17 orchestral concerts in its 39th season, which opens on July 28, the festival plans to reconfigure the stage at Avery Fisher Hall to .... read more
New York City can now add another five theatrical venues -- two new, one old, one reconfigured, and one spruced up -- to the pool of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway playhouses soon to be coming online. All are in Midtown. Combined, they represent the continuation of .... read more
Detroit, Michigan

With the January re-opening of Hill Auditorium at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, loyal audiences and concert-goers will experience comfort and opulence like never before.

The design team for the $38.6 million renovation of the 1913 building .... read more

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, today unveiled plans for the university's new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, eMPAC. Located on the campus of a distinguished technological research university, yet reaching out to an international artistic community, .... read more

The Omaha Performing Arts Society broke ground in April for its new $90 million Performing Arts Center. The new building, expected to open in the fall of 2005, will be a multifunction performing arts venue featuring a 2,000 seat concert hall, a 450-seat chamber music hall, .... read more
''Feel-ology.''

That's the word playfully coined by theater consultant Joshua Dachs to describe the still-nameless science of how a performing arts venue ''feels.''

Tongue firmly in cheek, he mentions other options.

Paying tribute to Thespis, believed to .... read more
Joshua Dachs is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Sivell to the FDA staff. Jon brings a unique understanding of the theatre building and its operations thanks to his experience in both theatre production and performing arts administration. Jon is designing lighting systems for .... read more