Opened in 1981, this flagship theatre of Texas Performing Arts is the largest in Austin, with seating for 2,900. The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall boasts a vast stage, an orchestra pit capable of holding 100 musicians, dressing rooms to accommodate more than 100 performers, computerized lighting, advanced sound and rigging systems, and a mammoth backstage area complete with workshops for carpentry, costumes, painting, metalwork and props. Ranking among the finest performance spaces in the country both in size and accouterments, it is no wonder that Bass Concert Hall attracts the world’s greatest performers and full-scale productions.
2350 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712
Robert Tocker Grand Staircase
The Robert Tocker Grand Staircase connects the main lobby level to upper levels. The stair landing often doubles as a small stage where ensembles perform during receptions hosted in the lobby.
One of the most dramatic locations of the Bass Concert Hall is the Honeycutt Terrace featuring views of the LBJ fountain and the UT Tower.
In May 2007, Texas Performing Arts’ flagship venue, Bass Concert Hall, began a $14.7 million dollar renovation and facelift. These upgrades and changes reinvented this Austin treasure as a world-class venue, able to host the most demanding touring productions while offering visitors first-class accommodations.
Renovations to the 2,900-seat theatre included compliance with all current fire and safety codes; state-of-the-art acoustics; a magnificent glass-front façade and larger, light-filled lobby; an expanded five-story lobby and atrium, increased restroom capacity; more bars and concession areas; new flooring, sidewalls and décor; and a sixth-level outside deck with impressive campus views.
View pictures of the renovation.
Instead of building an entirely new facility, we chose to reuse and adapt our existing structure including environmentally friendly materials and initiatives during the renovation process.
The front windows of Bass are made of fritted glass that deflects some of the incoming heat and reduces the need for extra energy use. This allowed us to increase the size of Texas Performing Arts without increasing the size of our cooling equipment. The new lobby curtain wall also provides enough daylight to reduce the amount of energy needed for artificial lighting by day. New florescent lights were installed to cut down on energy use after dark.
The countertops in the lobby and restrooms are made from recycled glass and the sheet flooring is linoleum, a renewable resource. Dual flush toilets are installed in all the new bathrooms, reducing our water use. The new wood paneling used in the building is from renewable forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.