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Frederick P. Rose Hall

Allen Room

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola




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 dance.

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 the Lincoln 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."

Design and Planning Services provided for Jazz at Lincoln Center: theatre planning, theatre equipment, acoustics, and sound & communication system design services, in partnership with Walters-Storyk Design Group, under the joint-venture name "Sound of Jazz". The architect for this facility is Rafael Viñoly Architects.


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