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Richard B. Fisher Center
for the Performing Arts
Bard College Fisher Center front view.jpg
South (front) elevation, 2008
Building information
Name Richard B. Fisher Center
for the Performing Arts
Location Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Country USA
Architect Frank Gehry
Client Bard College
Completed 2003
Cost $62 million
Style Deconstructivist

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is a performance hall located in New York's Hudson Valley. The center provides audiences with performances and programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music and theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the 110,000-square foot (10,000 m²) center houses two theaters, four rehearsal studios for dance, theater, and music, and professional support facilities. The total cost of the project reached $62 million. The New Yorker calls it "[possibly] the best small concert hall in the United States." [1]

West profile in winter 2005
Summertime view

The Sosnoff Theater, an intimate, 900-seat theater with an orchestra, parterre, and two balcony sections, features an orchestra pit for opera and acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, including an acoustic shell that turns the theater into a concert hall for performances of chamber and symphonic music.

The flexible 200-seat Theater Two houses Bard’s Theater and Dance Programs during the academic year. The Fisher Center is also the home of the Bard Music Festival, entering its 20th season in July 2009, hosting companies from the United States and abroad during Bard SummerScape, a festival of opera, theater, and dance.

The PAC is devoted primarily to teaching and college events during the academic year and used as a public performing arts facility and venue for the college’s graduate programs in the arts during the summer months.

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