Bing Concert Hall

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Bing Concert Hall
Bing concert hall at Stanford University.JPG
Address 327 Lasuen Street
Stanford, California
United States
Coordinates 37°25′55″N 122°9′58″W / 37.43194°N 122.16611°W / 37.43194; -122.16611Coordinates: 37°25′55″N 122°9′58″W / 37.43194°N 122.16611°W / 37.43194; -122.16611
Owner Stanford University
Type Concert hall
Capacity 842
Opened January 2013
Architect Richard Olcott, Ennead Architects

Bing Concert Hall is a concert hall at Stanford University. It cost $111.9 million to build, and it opened in January 2013.[1] The hall has 842 seats, arranged in a "vineyard" format, surrounding the stage. All the seats are within 75 feet of the conductor, and the seats in the center section begin at the stage level.[2]

Interior of the concert hall from the choral terrace, Fotograf Phil King

The opening of the concert hall, with a performance by the San Francisco Symphony, was well received with great comments about the liveliness of the sound. The space is very intimate, as was intended by the design.[3]

The hall is named after Peter and Helen Bing, notable donors to Stanford who donated the lead gift of $50 million towards its construction.[4][5]

Bing Concert Hall was designed by Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects, with the acoustics done by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, who also worked on Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California and New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. The whole experience was designed to be nice, with attention given to areas such as restrooms, refreshment areas, the foyer, and parking.[6]


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