A 900-seat concert hall will be built at Stanford University as the cornerstone of a new performing arts center, President John Hennessy announced today.
The concert hall will be designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, which designed art venues for New York's Carnegie Hall and the Public Theater, Santa Fe Opera Theater and San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The acoustics for the concert hall will be designed by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, who has worked on the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Theater-design consultant Fisher Dachs Associates will collaborate on the project. The firm has helped design more than 400 performing arts projects at Radio City Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center, among others.
The concert hall "will bring increased creative talent and energy to Stanford's academic mission and the community's cultural life," Hennessy said.
A $50 million gift from Helen and Peter Bing made the new concert hall possible.
The concert hall will be the platform for a variety of performances, including chamber, jazz, orchestral, multimedia, concert opera and choral programs, many hosted by Stanford Lively Arts.
The concert hall and performing arts center will be located between Campus Drive and Lasuen Street, near Frost Amphitheater and across Palm Drive from the Cantor Arts Center.