A Landmark Restored

A close-up of fresh-faced Jordan Hall yj t midcentury the fashionable ^ thing to do with fine old concert r halls was to tear them down. (To

think how hard music lovers had to fight to rescue Carnegie Hall!) In these years of austerity’ the ideal is preservation—with some timely retrofitting thrown into the bargain. Jordan Hall, the 1,000-seat concert space of Boston’s New England (Conservatory, was built in 1903 to specifications that married majesty to intimacy. On October 27, al-

ter a six-month, $8.2-million restoration, it reopens with horseshoe shape and rich dark-wood paneling intact. The acoustics should be intact as well: though the stage’s original floor could not be salvaged, undamaged wood of identical vintage was found to take its place. Other improvements: air-conditioning, enhanced recording and audio-visual capacities, handicapped access. The opening gala features Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Denyce Graves, a young NEC alumna whose well-traveled Carmen arrives at (he Metropolitan Opera this month. Bostonians will hear her as a different temptress: Saint-Saens’s voluptuous Delilah. For tickets to this black-tie occasion, call 617-262-1120, ext. 700. For a casual look at the hall, with lots of music, come as you are to the free all-day open house on October 28.

A ustin Baer is a uniter based in New York.