The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is located near Sundance Square, at the center of Fort Worth’s flourishing downtown district. Occupying an entire city block, it is a clearly visible symbol of the city’s cultural life: the two 48-foot trumpet-playing angel statues adorning its Grand Façade are among Fort Worth’s most iconic images. It is built in the mold of a classic European opera house, seating 2,056, with a spectacular 80-foot Great Dome topping its Founders Concert Theatre.
The Hall is the home of many of the city’s major performing arts organizations, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theatre, Fort Worth Opera, the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Cliburn Concerts. The Hall is managed by Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW), a non-profit organization that produces Broadway at the Bass, as well as the Family Series at the Bass, and Special Attractions and Popular Entertainment series.
In addition to its ‘in house’ activities, PAFW manages a satellite venue, the McDavid Studio, located just around the corner at 301 East Fifth Street. With an intimate setting that seats under 200, McDavid Studio features the finest jazz artists that have occasion to perform in Fort Worth, often in affiliation with the renowned jazz program at the nearby University of North Texas.
Bass Performance Hall Information
- Public Transportation: Good (steps from bus 15 at Commerce Street/West 5th Street; a short walk from buses 2 and 57 at Commerce Street/East 6th Street and from buses 11 and 12 at Jones Street/East 4th Street; and a 6-minute walk from buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 15, and DART and Amtrak trains at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 300 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($5-$83) depending on event and seating choice. Discounts available for students at some performances
- Donations: Donations to Bass Performance Hall are tax deductible.