Performing Arts in the Tampa Bay Area

When most tourists travel to the Tampa Bay area they think more of the water and things to do at the beach then about the performing arts, but there is quite a bit more that is available. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center has over 300,000 square feet of area and is the largest arts center south of Washington DC. There are a lot of cultural events that happen in the different halls that are available here, and the schedule and events change quite a bit to keep things fresh and exciting.

If you want to watch a movie in a classic setting there is the expansive 1,500 seat Tampa Theatre. This is a restored palace from the mid-1920s and is a nice spot to watch some of the more popular cult movies/foreign films/classic movies/and they also have concerts once in a while that sound nice in the acoustic setting.

There are symphonic presentations that are held in the Tampa Bay area by the Florida Orchestra, and also by some of the areas dance companies. During the winter from January through March there are free band concerts that are held within the area of William’s Park located in the downtown St. Petersburg area and are always very popular. You can also head to Straub Park is located right next to the Museum of Fine Arts. This area also has a beautiful view of the Inner Harbor, and this is where many of the events happen in St. Petersburg.

You can also sit down and watch some plays that include off-Broadway and Broadway shows. One of the more classical settings is the American Stage Theater is located on Third Street in St. Petersburg, and also you can go to 31st St. and head to the St. Petersburg Little Theatre where you will see some of the more major productions that happen from September through June. There is a local theater group in Tampa called the Carollwood Players that perform a variety of different small production plays and has a reputation of being very professional.

At the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center you can enjoy some of the best Broadway shows that are brought to you by the Tampa Bay Broadway Series and watch some of the top Broadway shows as they travel through Tampa Bay. About an hour away is Walt Disney World, and is a fun trip to enjoy many of the quality productions that they do in case you wanted to get out of the Tampa Bay area for a day or two.

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National Center for the Performance Arts

The newly opened National Center for the Performance Arts, formerly named the Chinese National Grand Theatre, is the largest performing art center in the world. It is shaped like a massive, silvery dome in the heart of China’s capital that offers Chinese and international art performances of the highest standards. It hosts opera, ballet, musicals, dance, dramas and traditional Chinese performances.

Situated west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the National Center for Performance Art occupies an area of over 149,500 square meters. There are three gigantic halls located inside: a 2,416-seat opera house, a 2,017-seat concert hall and a 1,040-seat theater. Its goal is to become the center of Chinese performance art culture. The National Center for the Performing Arts took nearly five years to build at a cost of over 2.69million RMB.

Designed by the famous French architect Paul Andreu, this imposing building is a fine example of modern architecture. It has been thought of as resembling an eggshell, a baozi (Chinese steamed bread), or even a giant bubble. The National Center for Performance Arts has been listed among the top ten architectural miracles by the USA, for its energy-saving and environmentally-sound design. The center has three firsts: it is the largest sky dome in the world, the deepest building in Beijing, and is home to the largest pine organ in Asia. As its prompters have said, the National Center for Performance Arts has a lush dazzling interior, sophisticated acoustics and a design that that is superior to most of Europe’s or America’s performing arts centers. This building is so unique that it stands out amongst the nearby government buildings in central Beijing and the imperial grandeur of the centuries-old Forbidden City.

The interior design of National Center for Performance Arts, it is quite spectacular. The dome’s interior is paneled with long Brazilian mahogany spans, giving the expanse an amazingly warm feeling. While the walls of the theater, the smallest of the performance spaces, are covered in thick padded silk which is divided into red, purple and tangerine strips. The ceiling of the grey-white color-schemed concert hall consists of undulating waves of acoustical panels that resemble abstract art. On the exterior shell of the center, there are over 500 lights that shine like the stars in the sky, making the National Center for Performance Arts looks like a visitor from the outer space.

Even though the exterior appearance of National Centre for Performance Arts is futuristic in design, it does not clash with nearby buildings. Surrounded on one side by a large pool of water, the reflections in the water form an impressive sight day or night. For this reason, National Centre for Performance Arts is said to appear like a “bright pearl resting in a lake.

Most visitors to the National Center for Performance Arts, come for the performances, but there is much more to this beautiful building than just the three gigantic halls. There are also many smaller places located inside the National Center for Performance Arts such as: an underwater hallway, an exhibition hall, olive hall, library center, Press-release hall, souvenir shop, and a coffee house. In these locations, visitors or audience members can enjoy other aspects of this amazing building other than just performances.

The Center’s management has hired the best performers from throughout China to perform. Musicians such as pianist Yundi Li, and Lang Lang are regulars to the National Center for Performance Arts’stage. Many foreign troupes are vying for a chance to perform during the center’s opening season. The first foreign troupe to perform on the stage of the National Center for Performance Art was the Mariinsky Ballet Troup of St. Petersburg(still marketed in the U.S. under its Soviet-era name, the Kirov Opera and Ballet). Although the center’s musical groups,ballets, symphony orchestras, and Chinese opera have received far less attention, they are also performed by some of the best artists in China.

To allow each audience to fully and comfortably appreciate each performance, the National Center for Performance Arts has makes great effort in its design of the opera house, concert hall and theater. The materials used in the construction of the opera house were chosen for their ability to control sound. The ceiling of the concert hall is designed so that each audience member will enjoy an unforgettable experience. The theatre, the place with the most distinctive Chinese characteristic, has the most advanced stage facilities and the largest auditorium. Each seat in the National Center for Performance Arts is placed over an air vent which will allow each audience member to enjoy perfectly controlled temperatures, and each seat is designed with a muffling devise so that no sound will be made when audience members stand up,or sit down. These many different features of the center has been put in place to insure each audience member will receive the most from each performance they see.

Even if visitors to Beijing have no interest in watching a performance at the National Centre for Performance Arts, a visit to the center will leave a deep impression on them. It is one of the most brilliant architectural designs in the world, and worth a visit.