Hobby Center for the Performing Arts


Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a theater in Houston, Texas, USA. Opened to the public in 2002, the theater is located downtown on the edge of the Houston Theater District. Hobby Center features 60-foot-high glass walls with views of Houston's skyscrapers, Tranquility Park and Houston City Hall. The Hobby Center is named for former Texas lieutenant governor and Houston businessman, William P. Hobby, Jr., whose family foundation donated the naming gift for the center. [ [http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/530.php Hobby Center for the Performing Arts :: 800 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas, United States :: Glass Steel and Stone ] ] The center replaced the former Houston Music Hall and Sam Houston Coliseum.

Built by the general contractor Lyda Swinerton, [ [http://www.swinerton.com/web/do/offices/project;jsessionid=C910954D4125CC5CB7E1749E98A8AD2D?oid=83 www.swinerton.com/web/do/offices] ] it was designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern. Stern was inspired by legendary theatre designers Herts and Tallant, who practiced in Manhattan during the early twentieth century. The major building materials are limestone, brick, painted steel columns, glazed curtain wall and standing seam metal roof. [ [http://www.ramsa.com/project.aspx?id=76 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Robert A.M. Stern Architects ] ]

Two theaters in the center were constructed specifically for theater and musical performances. [ [http://houston.citysearch.com/profile/9837090 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts] , Houston - Performing Arts Location, Citysearch.com (2006).]

* Sarofim Hall, a 2,650-seat theater acoustically designed for touring Broadway productions, is home to "Theatre Under the Stars." Golden latticework surrounds the hall, while multi-storied, gold-leaf columns contrast with midnight blue walls. The Joe and Lee Jamail Celestial Dome Ceiling features twinkling fiber optic stars that replicate the Texas night sky. The theatre has three tiers: orchestra, mezzanine, and upper gallery.

* Zilkha Hall, jewel box 500-seat hall showcases the ensembles of the Uniquely Houston program, the only performing arts series of its kind in the country. The series fosters artistic and administrative growth for smaller and mid sized performing arts groups in the Houston metropolitan area. They include the Psophonia Dance Company, the Maggini String Orchestra, and Ars Lyrica Houston, to name but three. The program is led by managing director Mark Powell.

Two significant works of art were commissioned for the center American painter Sol LeWitt's mural "Wall Drawing 2002" serves as the focal point of the Grand Lobby. British-born sculptor Tony Cragg's two-part bronze "In Minds" mimics human profiles outside at Hines Plaza. [ [http://www.thehobbycenter.org/hobbyprod/ExportedSite/aboutus/The%20Hobby%20Center.htm TheHobbyCenter ] ]

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