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The Soraya Center for The Performing Arts

California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Northridge, CA 

The venue comprises a multipurpose, variable acoustics, professional performance hall serving everything from cinema to Tchaikovsky, a black box theatre, a 230 seat lecture room, as well as lab, rehearsal, recording and their requisite support spaces. It also houses nationally-recognized KCSN-FM.  MCH provided full-scope acoustical and AV systems design.

"The acoustical design is attractively intimate in its clarity.  In an all-purpose hall, this is an admirable accomplishment.  The bass is terrific and every cello pizzicato had just the right presence. The lower middle-range instruments, usually hard to hear, displayed a fine presence. The violas, so interestingly used by Berlioz but rarely heard, made themselves wonderfully known."  - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic

  • 1700-seat variable acoustics hall (cinema & lecture to symphonic)

  • 175-seat Black Box Theater, Rehearsal spaces, etc.

  • KCSN-FM Radio Station

  • $125M for 166,000sf

Architect:    HGA
Opened:     January 2011

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