Russell Johnson Memorial Today in New York

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A memorial for acoustician and theater planner Russell Johnson will be held today at 3 p.m. in the Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

Speaking at the event are Mark Melson, William J. Cavanaugh, Leonard David Stone, Herman Krawitz, Robert Browne, Dr. Thomas Held, Richard Pilbrow and Cesar Pelli. The recorded words of Norman Lebrecht and Simon Rattle will also be heard.

The ceremony concludes with a video presentation of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado with contralto Anna Larsson, performing "Urlicht" from Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at Lucerne's Kultur und Kongresszentrum, one of Johnson's most celebrated concert halls.

Johnson, who passed away at 83 on August 7, was a pivotal figure in the contemporary designs of concert halls, opera houses, theaters and recital halls worldwide. He founded Artec Consultants Inc. and remained its chairman until the day he died. With the firm, Johnson is credited for the sound in such modern venues as Symphony Hall in Birmingham and Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, as well as with the acoustic restoration of the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Two Johnson venues also opened last season: Segerstrom Concert Hall in California's Orange County and the Carnival Center in Miami.

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