Bass Performance Hall

The Bass Performance Hall (also known as Bass Hall) is a performing arts venue, located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bass Performance Hall
Exterior view of venue (c.2006)
Full nameNancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall
Address525 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102-5440
LocationDowntown Fort Worth
OwnerCity of Forth Worth
OperatorPerforming Arts Fort Worth, Inc.
Capacity2,042 (Founders Concert Theater)
Broke groundApril 1995 (1995-04)
OpenedMay 1, 1998 (1998-05-01)
Construction cost$65 million
($107 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectSchwarz Architects
HKS Architects
Project managerFisher Dachs Associates
Structural engineerMoore and Associates
General contractorLinbeck Construction
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (1998-present)
Fort Worth Opera (1998-present)
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2001-present)
Texas Ballet Theater (2003-present)
Venue Website


The hall was first suggested by pianist Van Cliburn to philanthropist Nancy Lee Bass and her husband, Perry Richardson Bass.[2][3]

It was built with limestone and designed by David M. Schwarz of Architectural Services, Inc. in 1998.[4] It is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot-diameter (24 m) Great Dome, artfully painted by Scott and Stuart Gentling, tops the Founders Concert Theater. Two 48-foot-tall (15 m) angels sculpted by Marton Varo from Texas limestone grace the Grand Façade.[5]

It seats 2,056 people. Built as a multi-purpose facility, the Hall is able to house symphony, ballet, opera, stage, musicals, and rock concerts.[6] It is also now the permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Cliburn Concerts. Performing Arts Fort Worth, which manages the Hall, also hosts its own performances here, including national touring Broadway productions and a family series.

In 2001, the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center officially opened; and with it, the new Van Cliburn Recital Hall and the McDavid Studio with 220 seats (renamed in 2006 from McNair Rehearsal Studio). Also housed within Maddox-Muse Center are offices for Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit organization that oversees management of the Hall, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham's performance at the hall on January 27, 2007 was recorded on his live album, Live at the Bass Performance Hall, which was released a year later on March 25, 2008.

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