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The $4 million 400-seat Spivey Hall is 100 feet long by 56 feet wide, and at its highest point, 50 feet tall. The cross-section is distinguished by inward-tilting shelves, right-angled cornices, and a pitched ceiling - all carefully designed to supply the audience with early reflections that promote clarity as well as a sense of being surrounded by sound. Virtually all of the hall's finishes are acoustically reflective, to preserve sound and prolong reverberation - the perfect environment for the hall's famous Ruffatti organ. To accommodate music requiring less reverberation than the organ, Acentech specified heavy velour curtains which can be deployed along the upper walls.
|"I have rarely heard a recital in such surroundings … I don't think I've ever heard the human voice in such splendid acoustic surroundings."|
– Mathew Epstein, Artist Manager, Spivey Hall