Calling All Amateur Acousticians!

by Suzanne Calvin

The art of acoustical design is one of the great, enduring mysteries of modern architecture.  It combines state-of-the-art science with a vast understanding of design, space and materials and a pinch or two of good luck.  However, for the sake of this experiment, you only need a ticket stub, two good ears and a brain in-between.

I was not fortunate enough to attend the acoustical test/concert on Sunday in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for lack of a ticket.  To my dismay, I heard yesterday that there were empty seats--whether because of the rain, the Cowboys game or souvenir hunters scooping up those tickets--so, I’m kicking myself in retrospect.

I have heard great and glorious things about the core sound, swirling sound, splintering of sound, and purity of tone, as well as a few concerns from those onstage about their ability to hear the orchestra.  Being consumed with curiosity; I’d love to hear from those who attended and those who performed -- both onstage and in the pit.  No science background is needed; we’d just like your initial impressions of the acoustical state of the new house, as it affects you.

Did you love it, did anything surprise you, did the sound live up to all your expectations?

And do bear in mind, this is still very much a work in progress.

Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera

One Response to Calling All Amateur Acousticians!

Sadie says: October 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Sounded great — much better then the previous music hall. The sound really did wrap around you creating a 3D effect. I can’t wait to see it all come together!