The Conrad, the new home of the La Jolla Music Society, was conceived as a haven for the performing arts with in the Village of La Jolla’s central business district. With its protected yet inviting garden courtyard—defined by the 513-seat Baker-Baum Concert Hall and the 116-seat flexible use space—The Conrad offers an opportunity to experience classical and contemporary music within an environment that celebrates community and its beloved local setting. Highlighting the Conrad, the Baker-Baum Concert Hall is a state-of-the-art performance space.
It provides an intimate setting for non-amplified music in chamber or recital form for groups of up to 40 members. With the ability to activate stage lifts, hinged stage borders, audio and projection systems, adjustable acoustic banners, and stage rigging, the room can also readily and seamlessly transform into an appropriate setting for jazz, world music, dance, light opera, film, and lectures.
The seating is arranged in a two-level semi-circular form, much like lyric and opera theaters, with strong emphasis on visual connection from patron to stage. An acoustically permeable wood “nest” wraps both audience and performance platform so that the sound energy that comes off the performance platform can pass through the “nest” and the reflect off the outer “shoe box”-shaped heavy concrete and masonry shell, a preferred classic concert hall geometry and material that benefits non-amplified music with its rich auditory warmth.
The Conrad is a well-appointed performance and social center speaking to the ambitions of the La Jolla Music Society to grow and broaden its offerings, audience, and reach into the San Diego community, while becoming a local, regional and national destination to bring stature, visitors, and cultural energy to the Village of La Jolla.
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