Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth

April 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma once remarked that Bass Performance Hall is a rare venue where the music heard by the audience is the same as that heard by the performer. Singer Tony Bennett said Bass Performance Hall tops every excellent concert hall in Europe he has performed in.

The hall, named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the Top 10 best opera houses in the world, is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

It is the permanent home of many of the major performing arts organizations in Fort Worth including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. 

The 2,056-seat multipurpose hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form, with an 80-foot diameter dome topping the Founders Concert Theater. One of its most unique architectural features are the 48-foot limestone angels gracing the front of the building. Since the hall opened in 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. 

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