Conceived to provide performance space for multiple emerging and mid-size arts organizations, the Dallas City Performance Hall is one of the most versatile facilities in the region.
Jaffe Holden worked to ensure that acoustic performances in the new hall would benefit from the warm, intimate acoustics of the room. The reverberant sound comes from the relatively large acoustic volume of the room and its carefully shaped cast walls.
This specific hall presented interesting challenges for amplified sound; if too much of the sound reflected off the walls, it would lose articulation and presence. Our firm’s attention to detail in the selection and placement of loudspeakers, combined with careful tuning, ensures that every seat in the new hall gets appropriate and consistent sound that emanates from the stage, not the loudspeakers. As a result, acoustic music events and amplified events alike can work seamlessly in the same room.
Acoustic events are at their best when the room’s reverberant sound is tailored for the particular kind of music being presented, allowing the music to surround and envelop the listeners without being muddy or overbearing. To create this effect in a hall meant to be used for multiple purposes, double layered acoustic fabric banners can be deployed on the side walls, which can be used in a number of different settings to tune the room for different types of events. A movable orchestra shell surrounds the musicians on stage providing a blending and projection chamber, while an orchestra pit can be tuned for opera and dance performances.
Project Information: Phase I: 60,000 SF 750-seat Proscenium Theater Backstage Support Areas Phase II: Additional 64,000 SF 2 Small Flexible Theaters Visual Arts Gallery Rehearsal Space Classrooms