Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Engineering Harmonics designed performance sound programmable for various events to complement the Sosnoff Theater’s excellent acoustics. Loudspeaker arrays above and beside the stage couple with stage lip speakers to provide complete coverage of the orchestra level and balconies.
The Gehry Partners designed 110,000-square-foot Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College houses two theatres and four rehearsal studios for dance, theatre, and music. The 800-seat Sosnoff Theater features a portable concert shell and removable forestage.
Performance sound, video and communications systems consulting, design, tender, contract administration and commissioning.
By no means a heavily amplified venue, the theatre hosts a multitude of performance types, from opera and ballet to jazz and orchestra. The room handles this variety by being reconfigurable, and the sound system is equally adept with programming matched to different room configurations.
We retained Engineering Harmonics because we respect them and we respect the quality of their work—both the results they had obtained on their previous projects and the process they employed in achieving those results.
The newly installed system has made an incredible difference in terms of coverage, power and fidelity. It has been well received by both touring sound engineers and audience members alike. The quality of the equipment and install have been rock solid for us.
Within an hour they knew where my knowledge stopped and where theirs had to start — and they were very, very gracious about it, even though they play on the world stage. They brought world-class knowledge and home-town service to the project.
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