9 02, 2017

Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium AV Shootout

By |2019-09-12T10:26:36-06:00February 9th, 2017|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Projects, Uncategorized|

Beginning in 2007 Kirkegaard began the process of working with Carnegie Hall to determine the best loudspeaker design for the iconic Stern Auditorium, known to most people simply as Carnegie Hall. The existing loudspeaker system had been identified in reviews [...]

16 08, 2012

Southbank Arts Precinct – Hamer Hall

By |2021-01-04T16:29:02-06:00August 16th, 2012|Arts, Concert Halls, Featured, Projects|

The renovation of Hamer Hall provided improved acoustics for both musicians and audience, and cutting-edge staging systems and rigging capability. Key features include new sidewalls at the stage and audience chamber, and a stage canopy that can be configured for [...]

22 06, 2011

Queen Elisabeth Hall – Koningin Elisabethzaal Antwerpen

By |2021-01-04T16:19:20-06:00June 22nd, 2011|Arts, Concert Halls, Featured, Projects|

In January of 2010, the Joint Venture Team of Ian Simpson Architects, Kirkegaard, and Bureau Bouwtechniek was awarded this project after competing and winning the international architectural competition for the redesign Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp, Belgium. The new design [...]

21 04, 2011

National Concert Hall (Competition Entry)

By |2021-01-04T16:07:48-06:00April 21st, 2011|Arts, Concert Halls, News, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

In the Fall of 2008, an international design competition was held to redevelop the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland at its current Earlsfort Terrace location. The project objective was to provide three performance auditoria with the highest international standards [...]

28 09, 2010

University of Veracruz – Tlaqná Concert Hall

By |2020-12-31T09:36:37-06:00September 28th, 2010|Arts, Concert Halls, Featured, Projects|

Kirkegaard designed the acoustics of a 1,500-seat concert hall for the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, the oldest continuous orchestra in Mexico, comprised of 100 musicians from across the globe. This new home for the orchestra is located on the campus of [...]

2 07, 2009

Overture Center for the Arts

By |2020-12-29T15:55:07-06:00July 2nd, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

The Overture Project is remarkable in many ways.  The construction cost of $205 million was a gift from a single donor, local businessman Jerry Frautschi.  His extraordinary generosity provided Madison, Wisconsin, with a beautiful new performing arts center designed by [...]

19 06, 2009

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

By |2020-12-29T15:14:45-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

Jacoby Symphony Hall was built as a new concert hall incorporated into the renovation project of the Jacksonville City Auditorium complex. The new concert hall was inserted within the existing building, replacing the underutilized exhibition hall. Extensive areas of the [...]

19 06, 2009

Tanglewood Music Center – Seiji Ozawa Hall

By |2020-12-29T15:09:22-06:00June 19th, 2009|Amphitheatres, Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Outdoor, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The Boston Symphony Orchestra wanted a 1200-seat concert hall at Tanglewood for several purposes: A rehearsal space for the Tanglewood Music Center student orchestra; a recital space for guest artists and members of the BSO during their summer residency; a [...]

19 06, 2009

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

By |2020-12-29T14:40:14-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach’s Town Center is the heart of an innovative urban development business district. It has helped defined the new downtown by the addition of a first-rate cultural arts attraction for Virginia [...]

19 06, 2009

Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre

By |2020-12-29T11:13:09-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Featured, Projects|

Royal Festival Hall was based on an unprecedented design approach at a time when Londoners were still dealing with post World War II rationing. It was intended to be a favorite gathering place for the people of London and beyond, [...]

19 06, 2009

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

By |2020-12-29T11:10:13-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

Meymandi Concert Hall is a new facility located beside the existing 2,000+ seat multi-purpose Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina. The primary purpose of the hall is to serve the North Carolina Symphony as a space for rehearsal as well [...]

19 06, 2009

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

By |2020-12-29T11:09:04-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The Portland Center for the Performing Arts was built in downtown Portland as part of a successful urban renewal effort. Occupying nearly a city block across from a 1929 movie palace, the project included the renovation of the movie palace [...]

19 06, 2009

Philadelphia Academy of Music

By |2020-12-29T11:05:57-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

Acoustics design for full range of improvements for the 2,900-seat historic home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The project provided backstage improvements, improved seating, a new stage floor, a new orchestra pit, and new audio [...]

19 06, 2009

Peace Center for Performing Arts

By |2010-09-03T15:22:10-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

The Peace Center for the Performing Arts consists of two newly constructed, free-standing multi-purpose theaters built on the site of an old textile mill in downtown Greenville, SC. Several mill buildings were renovated as support, administrative, and retail spaces, while [...]

19 06, 2009

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

By |2010-07-16T08:57:03-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

Although the Ordway Music Theatre, with its rich finishes and its obvious debt to the European opera house resembles many other recent theaters, at the time it was built it was a radical departure from the aesthetic of the 'democratic [...]

19 06, 2009

North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

By |2017-01-18T14:43:33-06:00June 19th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

The Blumenthal/North Carolina Performing Arts Center is an intricate puzzle of a building shoehorned onto a tight downtown site. The PAC shares a city block and some internal circulation with a high-rise office building and a retail atrium. It includes [...]

18 06, 2009

Maui Arts and Cultural Center – Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Community Complex

By |2010-09-03T14:53:45-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is a highly functional space serving a wide variety of user groups. Though Maui has a number of established arts groups a symphony, choruses, dance and theater groups, the population of the island was [...]

18 06, 2009

LSO St Luke’s, the UBS & LSO Music Education Centre

By |2017-02-27T16:16:17-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Projects, Recital Halls, Recording and Broadcasting|

Built in 1732 and repeatedly underpinned and shored up over the course of two centuries, St. Luke's Church on London's Old Street finally succumbed to bad soil conditions in 1959, when the roof and interior structure were removed to prevent [...]

18 06, 2009

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

By |2019-09-12T10:43:42-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Projects|

Kirkegaard was engaged to implement an acoustics remodeling program to correct longstanding acoustics challenges in this 2,900-seat concert hall. Interconnected problems created challenging conditions for both musicians and audience. During a pre-engagement assessment of the hall, a San Francisco Symphony [...]

18 06, 2009

Joseph M. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

By |2010-09-03T14:53:00-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Projects|

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Meyerhoff Hall was constructed in 1982 and opened to generally favorable reviews. Over the ensuing years, however, persistent complaints emerged regarding excessive loudness onstage, poor ensemble conditions, and harshness of sound in the orchestra level seating. [...]

18 06, 2009

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

By |2010-07-16T08:57:04-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

As the primary performance space within the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Silva Concert Hall provides Eugene with a flexible performance space for audiences of 2500, as well as a performance venue for Symphony, pops, touring Broadway, and other [...]

18 06, 2009

Holland Performing Arts Center

By |2019-09-12T10:18:00-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

This 2000-seat hall is the home for the Omaha Symphony. The space serves the orchestra’s classical series and pops performances, as well as chamber music and popular events. The narrow shoebox shape of the Peter Kiewit Concert Hall creates an [...]

18 06, 2009

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

By |2019-09-12T10:43:08-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

Heinz Hall was originally a movie palace and theater, built in the 1920s. In the 1970s the theater was renovated to serve as the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra while retaining its multipurpose functions. The acoustician for this renovation [...]

18 06, 2009

Enid-Phillips Symphony Concert Hall

By |2010-09-03T14:27:16-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Projects|

Room acoustics and noise control design for renovation of shuttered Masonic Temple into a 340-seat concert hall, home to the Enid-Phillips Symphony Orchestra. The historic detail of the original structure is supplemented with extensive painted effects mimicking tapestries and luxurious [...]

18 06, 2009

Collin County Center for the Arts

By |2011-08-22T15:58:06-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The Collin County Center for the Arts is an innovative public-private collaboration among the cities of Allen, Frisco, and Plano, Texas - three neighbors north of Dallas. The centrally located phased development aims to create a comprehensive arts and education [...]

18 06, 2009

Chicago Symphony Center – Orchestra Hall

By |2010-09-03T14:19:02-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Projects|

Since it opened in 1904, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Illinois, has been renowned for an intimate sound quality but has lacked the desired reverberation and frequency balance for orchestral music. Focusing geometries and tight balconies also contributed to a notably [...]

18 06, 2009

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

By |2010-07-16T08:57:05-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The heart of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is a unique auditorium that can be physically reconfigured to make its architectural form match the requirements of a particular performance. Its configurations range from an 1800-seat shoebox concert hall [...]

18 06, 2009

Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium

By |2019-09-12T10:42:31-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Performing Arts Centers, Projects|

The legendary quality of Carnegie Hall’s acoustics were the result of numerous progressive architectural modifications to the room, including the removal of part of the stage ceiling in a pre-1900 effort to stage opera in the space. Generations of performances [...]

18 06, 2009

Benedict Music Tent

By |2016-09-01T13:05:41-06:00June 18th, 2009|Amphitheatres, Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Outdoor, Projects|

The Benedict Music Tent is a performance facility at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. This 2050-seat space was designed primarily for music performance and rehearsal for groups including large symphony orchestra (110+ musicians), orchestra with chorus, chamber orchestra [...]

18 06, 2009

Detroit School of Arts

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 18th, 2009|Arts, Commercial, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, K-12 Education, LEED Sustainable, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Recording and Broadcasting|

The Detroit School of the Arts represents the culmination of a decade-long dream. When the first High School for the Fine and Performing Arts opened in 1992 with a class of ninety ninth graders, the school’s vision was to be [...]

17 06, 2009

University of Maryland – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 17th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects, Recital Halls|

Situated on the north end of the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland, the 318,000-square-foot Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center functions as a “village” of ten interconnecting buildings that spread across 17 acres, bringing together the University’s School [...]

17 06, 2009

University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 17th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects, Recital Halls, Theatres|

From 1992 to 1999, Kirkegaard contributed to a comprehensive reworking of the facilities for the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. The first step was the conversion of a 100-year-old gymnasium into the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, with a choral [...]

17 06, 2009

University of Alabama Birmingham – Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 17th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Theatres|

The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center is a new structure built adjacent to the 1960s music building at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The PAC complements the existing facilities by focusing on performance halls. It includes the 1300-seat Jemison [...]

17 06, 2009

Sydney Conservatorium of Music & Conservatorium High School

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 17th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Projects, Recital Halls|

At the heart of the 320,000 square foot redevelopment of the Sydney Conservatorium lies Verbrugghen Hall. Originally constructed in 1915 within the central courtyard of a nineteenth-century stables building, Verbrugghen has undergone a thorough acoustical renovation in accordance with heritage [...]

17 06, 2009

Sonoma State University – Green Music Center

By |2020-04-08T11:46:24-06:00June 17th, 2009|Amphitheatres, Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Featured, Higher Education, Outdoor, Projects|

The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University features the 1,400-seat Weill Concert Hall with a rear door that opens to the lawn outside providing excellent sound and spectacular views to an additional 3,000 people. This indoor/outdoor [...]

16 06, 2009

Rice University – Shepherd School of Music

By |2020-04-08T11:46:25-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects, Recital Halls|

In 1987 Rice University hired Ricardo Bofill to create a new music building that would draw together their scattered music program under one roof. The resulting grandly-scaled neoclassical building includes a 1000-seat concert hall, a 250-seat recital hall, a black [...]

16 06, 2009

Rensselaer Polytechnic – Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

By |2020-04-08T11:46:25-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Celebrating 40, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Featured, Higher Education, Performing Arts Centers, Projects, Recording and Broadcasting, Theatres|

EMPAC is a signature work of architecture that brings together four main venues as well as artist-in-residence studios, audiovisual production and post-production suites, student facilities and lab spaces for cross-disciplinary collaboration under one roof. Spaces can be used independently and [...]

16 06, 2009

Pacific Lutheran University – Mary Baker Russell Music Center

By |2020-04-08T11:46:25-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects, Recital Halls|

Pacific Lutheran University has excellent choral and instrumental music programs. Historically they had performed in a low-ceilinged, dry auditorium that did little to help their music-making. Teaching and practice facilities also were separated from the performing space. The new Mary [...]

16 06, 2009

Indiana University Purdue Fort Wayne – John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center

By |2020-04-08T11:46:58-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects|

This new 112,000 sf music building serves a wide range of university groups, musical ensembles, and community performance events. It houses rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, classrooms, teaching studios and two spectacular performance spaces. The 1600 concert hall has an innovative [...]

16 06, 2009

Franklin and Marshall College – Ann and Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

By |2020-04-08T11:46:58-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects|

Barshinger Hall (formerly Hensel Hall) existed on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College as an awkward 600+ seat lecture hall that was used intermittently for musical presentations, simple drama productions, and film presentations. After several architectural and acoustical studies [...]

16 06, 2009

Emory University – The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

By |2020-04-08T11:46:59-06:00June 16th, 2009|Arts, Concert Halls, Education, Education-old, Higher Education, Projects|

The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, is a multi-use complex for music, dance and theater at Emory University. The facility features an 830-seat concert hall, dance performance studio and experimental black-box theater. In addition to the [...]

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