Bass Performance Hall

This classical 2,000-seat, world-class, multipurpose hall on a relatively small downtown site was designed for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth Symphony, Opera, and Ballet. Spearheaded by the vision of its donor, Edward Bass, the performance hall was collaboratively designed by its architect, David M. Schwarz, acoustician, Paul Scarbrough, and theatre consultants, FDA. The hall is an active presenter of major touring events, including Broadway shows. Since its completion, it has won raves from critics, conductors, and patrons alike. There is no sacrifice to quality in the presentation of any performance type in this superb multi-use hall.

Recalling European concert halls of the 19th century, the main hall’s four levels contain orchestra, parterre, box tier, mezzanine, and balcony seats laid out to give audiences a feeling of intimacy rarely found in large symphony halls. Bass Hall flawlessly evokes the elegance and glamour that were so much a part of concertgoing in the 19th century. Performing Arts Fort Worth Inc. and its founder, entrepreneur Edward Bass, spirited the project along at every step.

  • Client: Performing Arts Fort Worth
  • Architect: David M. Schwarz
  • Arch. of Record: HKS Architects
  • Completion Year: 1998
  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Building Size: 180,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 2,050 seats


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