Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new $128 million home in the Time Warner Center is designed to be as fluid as the music itself, with stages that can be reconfigured and the city’s skyline as a backdrop.
“The whole space is going to be dedicated to the feeling of swing, which is a feeling of extreme coordination,” said trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who also is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director.
The Frederick P. Rose Hall, on the fifth and sixth floors of the Time Warner Center, a vertical mall that opened in February, won’t welcome paying crowds until October. But Lincoln Center officials held a news conference in the half-built facility on Wednesday to announce the lineup for the 2004-05 season.
“Our first season in our new home is going to include programs that cover a broad range of artists and styles and span the entire history of jazz,” Marsalis said.
The new concert hall, perched atop pricey restaurants and shops a few blocks south of Lincoln Center’s main site, will be the first in the world engineered specifically for jazz.
The ceiling at the Rose Theater, the largest of the three performance spaces with a capacity of 1,231, can be dropped, and the room can be “tuned” by adjusting velour curtains and banners, said Chris Darland, an acoustical consultant.
Towers of seats can be moved to offer the choice between “concert in the round” and proscenium theater configurations.