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This Frank Gehry designed music pavilion is the main attraction of the newly-opened Millennium Park of Chicago. It is the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States. From the park's website: "The pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing "headdress" of stainless steel ribbons that frame the proscenium opening, connecting to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes that define the lawn seating area. The Pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats and capacity for an additional 7,000 people on the lawn. With its open-air "acoustical canopy", the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is among the most technologically advanced outdoor concert venues in the world, with digital innovations and enhanced sound, designed to create an acoustical environment that provides an unforgettable listening experience."

This is quite amazing. I was there for the opening concert last Friday (classical music) and for a blues program on Saturday. The trellis tubes are where the speakers are suspended and with this arrangement, the acoustics are quite wonderful. Apparently, the acoustics program are different for different types of music much like the surround sound in your home theater - so the experience is different each time you watch a program. The sound is distributed electronically, so the people in front and at the back hear the same kind of sound. The lawn area is big enough that you can spread a blanket and have a picnic while listening to the program. I think there is daily programming until late August.

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