FREE: Building Tours of EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Photo: Peter Aaron/ESTO
The Concert Hall, one of many performance venues at EMPAC at RPI

Photograph by Peter Aaron/ESTO

Throughout the Fall 2017 season, EMPAC at RPI in Troy will offer a series of free building tours on the first Saturday of each month. Led by a different member of the EMPAC team, each tour will focus on a different thematic or technological area – from audio to stage technologies to the programmatic capabilities of the center as a whole. Tours begin at 2pm in EMPAC’s seventh-floor lobby and are open to the public.

SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 2): EMPAC director Johannes Goebel starts the series with a special overview of the center. Before Goebel became the director of EMPAC, he worked extensively with the architects and engineers to design and build virtually every feature of the space. On this tour, Goebel will take visitors through the EMPAC building with an eye and ear to the specific “human-scale” functions he strove to achieve in taking the project from a lofty vision to one of the world’s most advanced media centers.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7: Lead audio engineer Todd Vos will lead a tour focused on the center’s audio infrastructure, acoustics and recording capabilities. From the specialized sound panels in Studio 1, to the frequency-calibrated Nomex ceiling fabric in the Concert Hall, and into the miles of fiber optic cable that connect each of EMPAC’s performance spaces to its recording studios, audiophiles will take a deep-dive into EMPAC’s acoustic design and capabilities.

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