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We posted yesterday about the symphony’s plan to install an architectural piece outside its Seventh Avenue entrance. Right now, it’s easy to walk past the commercial office and hotel complex and never imagine there’s still a lush, 1920s-era theater inside.

We talked to the symphony’s CEO, Ward Gill, and to architect Mitra Kanaani, a professor at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, in this week’s Behind the Scene TV. Here’s the clip:

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And make sure to go over to this post to look at the drafts for how the piece could look. Which do you like better, the neutral color scheme or the bright red bass clef? Give us your vote.

Kanaani’s background as a pianist, musicologist and classical music producer for the Tehran PBS radio and television station informed her design. She said in an announcement from the NewSchool she sees some common threads between music and architecture:

“They are both ways of expressing certain concepts,” she said. “In music and other arts as well as architecture there is a sensual interaction of the poetics and aesthetics. However, in architecture there is an additional materiality component and the expectation for functionality and use.”

In this case, that purpose for the architecture is simple: Add to the building a sense of the symphony’s identity.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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