Bass Performance Hall

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Bass Performance Hall
Basshall.JPG
Exterior view of venue (c.2006)
Full name Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall
Address 525 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102-5440
Location Downtown Fort Worth
Owner City of Forth Worth
Operator Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc.
Capacity 2,042 (Founders Concert Theater)
Construction
Broke ground April 1995 (1995-04)
Opened May 1, 1998 (1998-05-01)
Construction cost $65 million
($104 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Schwarz Architects
HKS Architects
Project manager Fisher Dachs Associates
Structural engineer Moore and Associates
General contractor Linbeck Construction
Tenants
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (1998-present)
Fort Worth Opera (1998-present)
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2001-present)
Texas Ballet Theater (2003-present)
Website
Venue Website

The Bass Performance Hall (also known as Bass Hall) is a performing arts venue, located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Overview[edit]

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.[2][3]

It was built with limestone and designed by David M. Schwarz of Architectural Services, Inc. in 1998.[4] 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.[6] 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ Steve Campbell, Nancy Lee Bass was the "first lady of Fort Worth", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 1, 2013
  3. ^ Nancy Lee Bass dies at 95, WFAA, March 1, 2013
  4. ^ Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, Michelin Guide
  5. ^ Marton Varo: Public gallery
  6. ^ Architecture in Fort Worth: Bass Hall

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