GARMENT DISTRICT, MANHATTAN: Orchestras are people too! Just like the multiple bands of metalheads, siren songwriters, and jazzy jazz cats, they need a place to rehearse other than the live venue where they finally shine.
One of New York City’s most versatile and forward-thinking ensembles is the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), which makes it a point to produce free concerts in each of the five boroughs in addition to its annual Carnegie Hall series and myriad other appearances — totaling about 70 concerts a year. But with 90 or so musicians on its roster, getting together to practice means more than just calling up Smash Studios and booking The Showcase Suite for a couple of hours.
Occupying the first three floors of a six-storey building shared with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the recently completed DiMenna Center for Classical Music provides an exemplary home for Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
It also adds live music momentum to the stir caused by the opening of the Jungle City recording complex, providing music rehearsal, recording, broadcast, teleconferencing, educational and streaming facilities
Masque Sound & Akustiks Reconnect On Complex Integration For Orchestra of St. Luke`s
$36 Million DiMenna Center for Classical Music Raises System Integration Bar
May 09, 2011 —
The recently completed DiMenna Center for Classical Music provides an exemplary home for Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Constructed over the past year on the first three floors of a six story West 37th building shared with the celebrated Baryshnikov Arts Center, the new complex is designed to serve a multiplicity of music rehearsal, recording, broadcast, teleconferencing, educational and streaming purposes.
Masque Sound is kind of a big deal in Broadway sound. In addition to designing and reinforcing the sound for numerous Broadway shows, they also design permanent install systems. Case in point, their recent work with Akustiks, LLC, an architectural & electro-acoustic design firm in Norwalk, Conn. Masque worked with the firm to upgrade the sound system at the New Victory Theater on West 42d St. in New York. Masque and Akustiks chose d&b speakers, and installed both line array and full-range speakers in a 5.1 surround system. An R1 systems control package controls the speakers arrays, while nineteen D6 & D12 amplifiers drive the system. A Midas Pro3-IP digital mixing console and three XTA DP 448 processors are used to drive the 26 speaker house system. A Shure UR4D wireless package provides the venue with flexibility in regards to miking visiting productions. The intercom system was also replaced, with new equipment from ClearCom.
NEW YORK – The 111-year-old Victory Theater, one of seven historic theaters adopted by The New 42nd St. Inc., underwent a $11.4 million renovation in 1995 and now offers family-oriented shows with ticket prices in the $9 to $38 range. Masque Sound recently updated the venue once more with new gear from d&b, Midas, XTA and Shure.
“We were basically okay with it,” said David Jensen, New Victory director of production, of the previous sound system installed during the 1995 renovation, “but it was mid-range, and inadequate for the more ambitious productions we’ve been mounting.