The History of the Bass
Hall Performance Hall

The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.

Bass Performance Hall is the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation's third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Broadway touring product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, Special Attractions and Popular Entertainment.

The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.

Bass Performance Hall is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

Bass Hall Tours

Tours of Bass Performance Hall are scheduled for Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., schedule permitting. The duration of a typical tour is around one hour. Elevator tours are available.

Please call (817)212-4215 for additional information or to schedule a group tour of 10 or more.

All tours meet at the West Portal entrance in the Grand Lobby.


Opening Night at the Nancy Lee and
Perry R. Bass Performance Hall

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