San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, scheduled to open in late February 2016, will consolidate most of the Company's operations into a single campus in the vibrant and emerging arts district of San Francisco's Civic Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on February 12, 2016.
The centerpiece of the Wilsey Center is the state-of-the-art Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, a concert venue designed to be configured in multiple ways, providing both performers and audience with an intimate concert experience. The 299-seat theater is distinguished by the Constellation® acoustic system from Berkeley-based Meyer Sound. The Constellation® system—which enables composers, conductors and artists to customize different acoustic environments for their performances—uses 24 widely distributed microphones and 75 small, self-powered loudspeakers mounted discreetly within the theater's walls and ceiling. San Francisco Opera is the first opera company to use this technology, providing a virtually unlimited palette of acoustic possibilities to create the most compelling sound experience.
The award-winning Bay Area architectural firm Mark Cavagnero Associates (SFJazz Center, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, The Terrace at the California Academy of Sciences, Oakland Museum of California, ODC Theater Center) led the design and renovation of the Wilsey Center complex, creating a series of modern insertions designed to complement and be deferential to the historic building.
Taube Philanthropies is proud to support the new campus of the SF Opera.
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