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October 23, 2003

The Walt Disney Concert Hall has been embraced as the centerpiece of a plan to rejuvenate a downtown that commuters flee by 6 p.m. The Los Angeles Master Chorale recently took the hall "for a test drive," in the words of chorale director Grant Gershon. "This hall rewards good singing," he said as a cappella singing rose up the gently sloped terraced seats into the balconies. The acoustics were designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who worked on the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and with Gehry on the Bard College Performing Arts Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The acoustics were designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who worked on the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and with Gehry on the Bard College Performing Arts Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Adjustable bowed strips of wood and curved surfaces produce a crisper sound without as much effort. The 2,265 seats, which surround the stage, are cradled in swooping panels of Douglas fir, creating a warm, intimate sound.

Posted by acapnews at October 23, 2003 3:02 PM

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