3. Frank Gehry’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

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There’s a Frank Gehry building tucked inside Bard College, with the recognizable curved steel facades that are found at some the architect’s most notable commissions, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles. The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College is a 107,000 square foot state of the art performing arts center with two halls, one that seats 800 and another that seats 200, along with dance and theater studios. Gehry worked in partnership with master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who also perfected the sound at the Walt Disney Music Hall.

Speaking about the form and function of the building, Gehry has said, “The front façade of the building can be interpreted as a theatrical mask that covers the raw face of the performance space.” The spaces themselves are highly adaptable and have been home to a wide range of performances from opera, dance, to rock concerts to chamber music.

Check out all the upcoming events at the Fisher Center here. Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Also check out Dutchess County’s 2018 Digital Destination Guide.

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