L-Acoustics L-ISA Brings Immersive Sound to Manhattan’s Venerable 92nd Street Y

The Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y is a quintessential bit of classic New York City cultural history. The 92Y itself was opened in 1874 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) but evolved into an institution, serving people of all races and faiths, with education, social services and entertainment. Central to its mission is the Kaufmann Concert Hall, which opened there in 1927 to host classical and other acoustic music genres, as well as world-renowned lectures and performances. Notably, Dylan Thomas did his last reading of Under Milk Wood there two weeks before his death in 1953.

To match the historic venue, the L-ISA installation is in itself historic, marking the first US installation of L-ISA in a performing arts center. A true collaborative effort, the system was sold through local rental and integration mainstay See Factor, and installed by the Kaufmann Concert Hall’s IATSE Local One technical staff, with guidance from See Factor’s Alex Jones, L-Acoustics and Hudson Scenic Design.

From the very first show, the L-ISA technology has performed flawlessly and proved its worth. In fact, that first show—a performance by Shinedown in September—well illustrated its capabilities as the band members discussed their music with the moderator, Chris Porter, followed by a three-song performance. “L-ISA has really changed the way we hear music here,” adds Fogarty.

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