Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's
new home and the world's first performing arts facility for jazz
music performance, education and broadcast opens its doors on October
18, 2004. Located in the spectacular Time Warner Building at Columbus
Circle in Manhattan, Frederick P. Rose Hall is a 100,000 square
foot integrated performing arts facility featuring three main stage
performance spaces: the 1200-seat Rose
Theater, the 600-seat Allen
Room, with soaring windows overlooking Central Park, and the
intimate late-night jazz club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The facility
also includes 3,500 square feet of classrooms, recording studios,
rehearsal spaces, and The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
The Rose Theater, designed for jazz but also
intended to accommodate opera, dance, theater, film and orchestral
performances, is a "floating box-in-box construction"
with no rigid structural connections to the rest of Frederick P.
Rose Hall. Rose
Theater sits on rubber isolation pads, designed to minimize
the noise from outside and create an extremely quiet and intimate
space. With this special construction, Rose
Theater is designed to achieve background noise levels low enough
that no sound from the outside, or from mechanical building systems
will disturb the performance.
Additionally, the room contains a system of
moveable seating towers in Rose
Theater that allows the venue to adjust to accommodate a wide
range of performance types. In concert mode, the towers will be
positioned behind and around the musicians, serving an acoustics
and visual function, as well as providing audience seating for jazz
concerts, symphonic performances and chamber recitals. In theater
mode, the towers are easily moved into storage via an air caster
system to provide a clear platform for performances using scenic
elements, such as dramatic productions, opera, ballet and modern
With views through a 50-by-90 foot glass wall
overlooking Central Park, The
Allen Room is a semiformal, intimate setting featuring several
special acoustical treatments, including panels hung from the catwalks
and ceiling to help diffuse and absorb sound.
The smaller venues of Rose Hall each also feature
unique design aspects: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is a live performance
venue that speaks with a "golden" sound and encourages
musician-audience interaction, the recording studio, one of the
largest in New York, is intended to be a multi-purpose venue, incorporating
a sprung dance floor for dance performance. To support JALC's
educational and archival mission, recording and broadcasting capabilities
were built into the infrastructure of every space.
Grand Opening Celebrations will showcase the
spirit of collaboration that is Jazz, with many guest artists joining
Center Jazz Orchestra during opening day and beyond. Opening
Day will feature an inter-generational celebration of concerts,
programs and educational events. That evening's performances, open
by invitation only, will be broadcast nationally on PBS's "Live
from Lincoln Center".
"This performing arts facility affords us new opportunities
to further our mission of collaboration and integration with all
the arts through the spirit of jazz," said Artistic Director
Wynton Marsalis. "The breadth of the programming reflects tradition
and innovation and celebrates the complete integration of ideas,
generations and feelings."
and Planning Services provided for Jazz
at Lincoln Center: theatre planning, theatre equipment, acoustics,
and sound & communication system design services, in partnership
Design Group, under the joint-venture name "Sound of Jazz".
The architect for this facility is Rafael