“There was lots of excitement at Second Avenue and Union Street today as Seattle Symphony supporters gathered for the launch of a new $6.7 million venue at Benaroya Hall scheduled to open in February 2019,” writes Patti Payne in Wednesday’s (6/20) Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle; subscription required). “Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center, will add a third and smaller performance venue to Benaroya Hall [that] will accommodate up to 120. Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center is named in honor of Seattle-based philanthropists and business leaders James and Sherry Raisbeck, who provided a $2 million matching challenge…. This new venue will replace the former Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center [transforming] the space into a high-tech hall for small live performances, learning experiences for youth, and a gathering place for business and community…. ‘The technology in Octave 9 can create a 360-degree shared virtual experience or disappear into the background for a more traditional setting,’ said the Seattle Symphony in a press release.… Some $5.9 million has been raised so far. It is expected that the remaining $800,000 will be raised … in time for the grand opening. Demolition and construction start immediately, with LMN Architects leading the design.”

Posted June 22, 2018