Chicago, IL (October 25, 2004)–On July 16, 2004, Chicago’s Mayor Daley presided over the official opening of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to a capacity audience exceeding 12,000 people. Located in downtown Chicago, The Pritzker Pavilion is the centerpiece of the 24-acre Millennium Park, as well as the new home for the Grant Park Symphony and Chorus. What makes the Pritzker Pavilion unique is the LARES system, which generates the reflected and reverberant energy that surrounds and envelops the listener in an indoor performance venue.
The LARES system enables all audience members throughout the Pavilion to experience the same warm, enveloping sound. This innovative system has received critical acclaim for its use in many halls, opera houses, and performing arts venues worldwide. It has also been used with great success for numerous outdoor festivals and permanent outdoor installations abroad.
The Pritzker Pavilion is the first outdoor Lares system permanently installed in the U.S., and its implementation is magnificent. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Pavilion employs a trellis for the primary purpose of suspending loudspeakers, both for Lares as well as sound reinforcement. The trellis enables these devices to be precisely placed and carefully oriented with no visual obstructions. In addition, it creates a visual canopy that unifies the fixed seating area with the lawn–“a virtual indoor theatre, for 4,000 listeners sitting in the pavilions fixed seats and the lawn crowd of up to 7,000 stretching more that a city block behind them,” reported Wynne Delacoma, Classical Music Critic for Chicago Sun Times.
“I have never in my life heard sound projected so faithfully and beautifully over such a great distance,” said Steve Robinson, senior vice president of WFMT Radio. “It was an ethereal experience,” Robinson noted.