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Classical Notes: January 9, 2011 Archive

Cyril Harris: he put the cubes in Orchestra Hall

Posted at 1:23 PM on January 9, 2011 by John Birge
Filed under: Musician stories

The New York Times reports that Cyril Harris died Tuesday, age 93.

He's the man who put the cubes in the walls and ceiling of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

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Harris was an acoustical engineer who created the sound of hundreds of concert halls, theaters and auditoriums, including Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Opera and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in NY, all three theaters at the Kennedy Center, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Powell Hall in St. Louis, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. With the coming year-long closure and renovation of Orchestra Hall in 2011-12, we hope that Cyril Harris' marvelous acoustics will remain untouched!

You can read the complete obit here.