Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Winspear Opera House’s sparkly chandelier gets a new name
It also has a new theme song.
DALLAS The chandelier inside the Winspear Opera House in Dallas has been given a name -- and no, it isn't something cute like Glitzy. The official name is The Moody Foundation Chandelier, named for a $5 million gift from The Moody Foundation.
The chandelier was designed to look like stars twinkling in the sky and is "one of the most photographed and talked about features" at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, according to a press release. Its longest rod stretches 40 feet.
The Moody Foundation was established by the Moody family, of Texas, who has donated to have its charitable name on Moody Gardens in Galveston and Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University. Francie Moody-Dahlberg, executive director of The Moody Foundation, said in a press release their gift toward the Winspear chandelier "sprang from my abiding love for the arts."
The chandelier is raised before every performance so audiences in the balonies can see. Beginning Friday, June 28, during a performance of The Tenors, the song "The Light" by Philip Glass will be played as the chandelier is raised. The chandelier had previously been raised in silence, and "many people don't realize it's going up until it's gone," said Doug Curtis, president and acting CEO of the Performing Arts Center, in a press release.
Glass will to see his song in action when he visits the Winspear in February 2014.
The chandelier was designed by Foster + Partners of London and lighting consultant Claude Engle of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The chandelier was manufactured and installed by J.R. Clancy, Inc. of Syracuse, New York.
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