Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall

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The Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas

The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.


It is located in Downtown Fort Worth at 55 Commerce Street, near Sundance Square.[1][2]

Facade of the building at night.


The hall was first suggested by pianist Van Cliburn, to philanthropist Nancy Lee Bass and her husband, Perry Richardson Bass.[3][4]

It was built with limestone and designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. in 1998.[1] It is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot-diameter (24 m) Great Dome, artfully painted by Scott and Stuart Gentling, tops the Founders Concert Theater. Two 48-foot-tall (15 m) angels sculpted by Marton Varo from Texas limestone grace the Grand Façade.[5]

It seats 2,056 people. Built as a multi-purpose facility, the Hall is able to house symphony, ballet, opera, stage, musicals, and rock concerts. It is also now the permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Cliburn Concerts. Performing Arts Fort Worth, which manages the Hall, also hosts its own performances here, including national touring Broadway productions and a family series.

In 2001, the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center officially opened; and with it, the new Van Cliburn Recital Hall and the McDavid Studio with 220 seats (renamed in 2006 from McNair Rehearsal Studio). Also housed within Maddox-Muse Center are offices for Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit organization that oversees management of the Hall, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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Coordinates: 32°45′18″N 97°19′48″W / 32.75492°N 97.33001°W / 32.75492; -97.33001