Artec Family of Halls New York Meeting – Event Update
The third meeting of the Artec Family of Halls group took place on January 11, 2010 at Artec’s offices in New York. Representatives of Artec-designed halls around the world, from facilities already in use, to those in design or construction, attended to spend the day learning about each other and to share experiences with newcomers to the group.
During the New York 2010 session participants learned about new projects and then went on to share experiences and issues around the opening of a new hall. Steven Libman, Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel, Indiana (USA) presented the new concert hall facility due to open later this year, and Jean Roy, Project Director of the La Maison Symphonique de Montréal shared information about the new concert hall being built in Montreal, Quebec (Canada).
Antti Vihinen from Sibelius Hall in Lahti (Finland) and András Csonka from the Palace of Arts in Budapest (Hungary) welcomed everyone and reviewed the driving idea behind meeting as a group - that performing arts facilities designed by Artec share a common design approach and utilize some unique features. Managers of Artec facilities share many similar experiences and therefore can benefit from greater cooperation with colleagues from sister halls.
“We have more similarities than differences. We share common philosophy. We have similarities in acoustics design. We can help each other. Learn from each other, ” said Antti Vihinen. He went on to say that “those managers who already opened their performing arts facilities can help the ones about to open, or who are in the beginning of their journey.”
The discussion on new facility openings led by András Csonka and Antti Vihinen engaged those present in a productive exchange of experiences from participants who have already faced their opening dates and offered beneficial advice to those preparing to deal with challenges presented by the opening of a new performing arts venue.
Antti Vihinen said, “You will never have as much press attention as you will have during the first five months after opening. Consider it when preparing for your grand opening.“
Andrew Jowett of Symphony Hall, Birmingham (UK) added, “You’ll only get one chance to make a first impression.”
The meeting concluded with a tour of Frederick P. Rose Hall home of Jazz at Lincoln Center which was led by Brian Fehd, Technical Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
List of participants and guests:
Antti Vihinen - CEO, Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland
András Csonka – Deputy CEO, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Gabor Pálfi - Head of International Affairs, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Piotr Turkiewicz - Head of Music Management, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Wratislavia , Poland
Andrzej Kosendiak - General Director, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Wratislavia , Poland
Halina Ołdakowska - Deputy Director, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Wratislavia , Poland
Andrew Jowett – Director and Chief Executive, Symphony Hall, ICC, Birmingham, UK
Þórunn Sigurðardóttir - Chairman of Ago, Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Charlie Cutts – President and CEO of Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Steven Libman – Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel, Indiana, USA
Jean Roy - Directeur du Bureau de projet de La Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Brian Fehd - Technical Director, Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, USA
Ross S. Richards – Vice President, Operations & Real Estate, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ, USA
Mindy Coppin, Senior Vice President, Director of IMG Artists (Asia Pacific)
Stephanie Jenke – Personal Assistant to the Managing Director, Gasteig München GmbH, Munich, Germany
Eugenio Elias - Partner, Zinco Jazz Club, Mexico City, Mexico
Tateo Nakajima, Partner, Artec Consultants Inc
Damian Doria, Partner, Artec Consultants Inc
Ed Arenius, Partner, Artec Consultants Inc