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The occasion may have been the formal inauguration of a major government arts facility.

But with dancers shaking, drums pounding, and a gospel children's choir shouting into the sun-filled air, the atmosphere at the long-awaited opening of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center .... read more
"Take your hands," says the architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, "as if you were clapping after a performance. Then pull them apart ever so slightly and look at them."

Now look at Arquitectonica's new South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center, and you will see the .... read more
When a major new orchestra hall is opened, welcoming speeches from public officials and board members are almost inevitable. So it was here on Wednesday night for the inaugural program of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at its handsome new home: more than 30 minutes of speeches, .... read more
Every work week at Diamond and Schmitt Architects ends with an internal presentation of a project, which is then opened to general discussion by the team.

"They wanted the hall to be completely transparent," Jack Diamond said of the younger associates in the .... read more
The backstage area is still mostly raw concrete, and sheets of bright green insulation are visible on the exterior. But the essential part of Montreal's new symphony building - the hall itself - is ready for its public debut this week.

Like many .... read more
The new concert hall has not yet opened its doors to the paying public, but the first reviews are in, and they are raves.

"One of the greatest halls I've ever played in," said MSO concertmaster Richard Roberts after a full day of .... read more
New estimates indicate that flooding at the Weston Playhouse will cause between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages.

Fears about Hurricane Irene may have shuttered Broadway this weekend, but the worst havoc to a theater occurred roughly 230 miles to the north in flood-ravaged Vermont. The Weston .... read more
Unlike many West Coast denizens, architect James Brown isn't sneering at yesterday's 5.8 temblor. "That was a real West Coast earthquake," he says.

Brown works at the Vancouver firm Bing Thom Architects, and supervised the construction of Arena Stage's new Mead Center for American .... read more
From the time he won the competition to design the new concert hall for the OSM, architect Jack Diamond knew exactly what the building needed to be. A good concert hall for an esteemed company that has long endured performing in a place with less .... read more
A new Jacobean-style theatre, built next to Shakespeare's restored Globe alongside the River Thames, will be lit by candle and lantern and feature something the Bard would have loved -- a roof.

The replica of an indoor theatre based on 17th century designs .... read more
Shakespeare's Globe has appointed Allies and Morrison to lead the design of the Globe's new indoor Jacobean Theatre. Allies and Morrison have extensive experience in the care and conservation of historic and listed buildings and successfully led the design of the redevelopment of the Royal .... read more
New York City Center will reopen following a historic renovation and modernization with a star-studded gala on October 25. The event will kick off a celebratory season of new and expanded programming, festivals, exhibits, a special commission, and performances by world-class dance and theater companies. The .... read more
A concrete crater remains where seats have been stripped away in the belly of the old Municipal Auditorium; the room is cavernous, like an old rock quarry. For now, the hulking stage that has hosted concerts, boxing matches, and high school graduations since the auditorium .... read more
Excitement about The Smith Center opening next year is building nearly as quickly as construction on the downtown facility itself.

With tickets for the first performances -- a shortened Broadway series season -- going on sale Tuesday, area residents will soon have a .... read more
Is it time to demolish the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and build something better in its place? If so, how could such a costly project be financed? And would the City of Toronto continue to own the centre?

Those are the .... read more
There are two compelling reasons to visit Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater: the theatrical productions and the wonderful new work of iconic modern architecture that preserves and envelops the older modern architecture.

In designing the Mead Center, Vancouver-based Bing .... read more
"In my next life," says Richard Olcott, FAIA, a partner at Ennead Architects, "I want to come back as the acoustician. The acoustician always gets his way."
Projected on the wall in front of Olcott in his Lower Manhattan office are diagrams that appear .... read more
The concept is designed as a 135,000-square-foot repository for the city's cultural aspirations: It'll be a performance hall, a recording studio, a radio station, a classroom space, and a museum.

Allied Works Architecture has revealed final plans for an ambitious $135 million National Music .... read more
Kevin Garland still remembers the pessimistic prediction of a well-wisher when she took over as executive director of the National Ballet of Canada a decade ago.

"I was told: You will never raise more than about $3.2 million a year in operating funding. And .... read more
Two years after holding an international architectural competition that saw world-renowned designers face off in a public presentation, the National Music Centre revealed the extraordinary final design by Allied Works Architecture, the winner of the competition.

"We have worked tirelessly over the last .... read more