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Pittsburgh's Benedum Reaps Audio Benefits

FOH Staff • News • September 20, 2006

PITTSBURGH–The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Pittsburgh is a historic theatre that hosts over half a million visitors a year. Named the "Number One Auditorium in the US" by Billboard and ranked third in Pollstar's 2004 Top 50 list of theatre venues worldwide, the 2,800-seat Benedum Center provides turnkey production services to everyone from first-run national Broadway tours to regional groups like the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Opera. Most recently, the Benedum Center hosted the Broadway tour of The Pretenders with house sound engineer Chris Evans providing turnkey solutions for stage monitors and at FOH. The Benedum Center boasts the nation's third largest columnless stage, measuring in at 150 feet by 90 feet, with a 56-foot proscenium opening. Evans oversees productions at the Benedum Center which is run by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in downtown Pittsburgh. Given the demanding technical requirements and budgets of each space, Evans often has several active productions as well as equipment upgrades to manage.

Most recently, Evans purchased 14 Sennheiser SZI 1029 and 1029-10 IR radiators to replace the aging IR assisted listening system at the Benedum Center. Evans worked with Northern Sound and Light to receive the correct model numbers in a timely manner

Steve Raslevich, founder and president of NSL, added: "We are proud and honored to have customers like Chris Evans who rely on us."

Upcoming events at the Benedum Center include twenty-four performance of Monty Python's Spamalot, as well as performances of Pagliacci, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and Mamma Mia.

For more info, visit www.northernsound.net.

Photo by Kevin Cooke

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