(l-r) Cheri Walsh, Director of Exploring the Arts; Larry Italia, VP/GM Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems; Tony Bennett and his wife Susan; and Tom Young
Queens, NY (May 17, 2013)—The Tony Bennett Concert Hall, an 800-seat venue at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City, is equipped with a Yamaha AFC3/LAP3hybrid system, with both the standard AFC3 system utilizing a new AFC-FIR card for processing and the enhanced option of using a dedicated FIR processing computer with the LAP3 external computer.
The Tony Bennett Concert Hall was built specifically for use by students at the school, located at the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex in Astoria, Queens. The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was established by musician Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, to integrate the arts with rigorous academics, require community service and help students cultivate a lifelong love of the arts.
With assistance from the New York City Department of Education and the not-for-profit Exploring the Arts (ETA) which assisted in raising the necessary funds required, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (named for Bennett’s long-time friend) opened in 2001 at a temporary space. In 2009, the school moved to its permanent home on the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex. Ennead Architects LLP (New York City, formerly Polshek Architects) designed the school, under lead architect Susan Rodriguez.
The theatre’s AFC system is a hybrid AFC3/LAP3 system with both the standard AFC3 system utilizing a new AFC-FIR card for processing and the enhanced option of using a dedicated FIR processing computer with the LAP3 external computer. System 1 is used for reverberation enhancement in the house and under balcony areas. System 2 is designed for reverberation enhancement/energy exchange on the stage adding a sense of spaciousness to the normally “dead” sounding stage area, aiding performers to hear others on the stage.
The main loudspeaker system in the concert hall is based around a Nexo GEO S12 line array, NXAMP4X4 amplifiers equipped with EtherSound cards connected to the existing EtherSound network; four Yamaha DSR115 self-powered Yamaha speakers for stage fills/monitors, and a Yamaha M7CL-48ES digital audio console.
In a joint statement, the Bennetts said: "Putting the finest sound system in the Tony Bennett Concert Hall at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts has turned it into one of the best-sounding halls in the United States. How fortunate we are that both Tom’s team and Yamaha were able to create this for the public school children of New York City."