Exterior view of venue (c.2006)
|Full name||Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall|
|Address|| 525 Commerce St|
Fort Worth, TX 76102-5440
|Location||Downtown Fort Worth|
|Owner||City of Forth Worth|
|Operator||Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc.|
|Capacity||2,042 (Founders Concert Theater)|
|Broke ground||April 1995|
|Opened||May 1, 1998|
|Construction cost|| $65 million|
($104 million in 2017 dollars )
|Architect|| Schwarz Architects |
|Project manager||Fisher Dachs Associates|
|Structural engineer||Moore and Associates|
|General contractor||Linbeck Construction|
| Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (1998-present)|
Fort Worth Opera (1998-present)
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2001-present)
Texas Ballet Theater (2003-present)
The Bass Performance Hall (also known as Bass Hall) is a performing arts venue, located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth is the 15th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. It is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles (910 km2) into four other counties: Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise. According to the 2017 census estimates, Fort Worth's population is 874,168. The city is the second-largest in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, which is the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
The hall was first suggested by pianist Van Cliburn, to philanthropist Nancy Lee Bass and her husband, Perry Richardson Bass.
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Perry Richardson Bass was an American heir, investor, philanthropist and sailor.
It was built with limestone and designed by David M. Schwarz of Architectural Services, Inc. in 1998. 80-foot-diameter (24 m) Great Dome, artfully painted by Scott and Stuart Gentling, tops the Founders Concert Theater. Two 48-foot-tall (15 m) angels sculpted by Marton Varo from Texas limestone grace the Grand Façade.It is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An
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It seats 2,056 people. Built as a multi-purpose facility, the Hall is able to house symphony, ballet, opera, stage, musicals, and rock concerts.It is also now the permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Cliburn Concerts. Performing Arts Fort Worth, which manages the Hall, also hosts its own performances here, including national touring Broadway productions and a family series.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) is an American symphony orchestra based in Fort Worth, Texas. The orchestra is resident at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. In addition to its symphonic and pops concert series, the FWSO also collaborates with the Fort Worth Opera, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale. and the Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall. The FWSO also presents the Concerts In The Garden summer music festival at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
The Texas Ballet Theater was founded by Margo Dean in 1961 as the Fort Worth Ballet Association, in Fort Worth, Texas. At the invitation of Mrs Dean, Fernando Schaffenburg was invited to direct the company the following year. It became a fully professional ballet company in 1985. In 1988, after the demise of Dallas Ballet, the company began adding performances of The Nutcracker in Dallas in a business partnership with The Dallas Opera, producing Nutcracker performances in The Music Hall and using The Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continually-performing opera company in the state of Texas and among the oldest in the United States, according to the company. While originally presenting operas one at a time over a fall/winter season, it changed to a "festival" format in 2007. It now performs 3-4 operas per year each spring in Bass Performance Hall located in the downtown area of Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2001, the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center officially opened; and with it, the new Van Cliburn Recital Hall and the McDavid Studio with 220 seats (renamed in 2006 from McNair Rehearsal Studio). Also housed within Maddox-Muse Center are offices for Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit organization that oversees management of the Hall, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
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