Meyer Sound Co-Founders Helen & John Meyer Honored with Distinguished Achievement Award; Pearson Theatre Receives Architecture Award
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) bestowed one of its highest honors, the 2008 Harold Burris-Meyer Distinguished Career in Sound Award, on Meyer Sound founders Helen and John Meyer at its annual conference in Houston. At the same event, The Pearson Theatre, Meyer Sound's resident theatre at its Berkeley headquarters, was also given an Architecture Merit Award.
"The world of the performing arts has always been a passion for us, both personally and professionally," remarked Helen Meyer. "Meyer Sound has long strived to be part of the driving force in the evolution of theatre sound technology, and we're gratified by the recognition we've received today from our friends and colleagues at USITT."
Since founding the company in 1979, the Meyers' deep involvement with the performing arts has driven the development of many of the company's acclaimed products used extensively in theatrical productions from Broadway to London's West End and throughout the world. An example of this is the award-winning UPA loudspeaker, which was first released in 1980 while its self-powered version remains one of Meyer Sound's best-selling products today. Recent productions using Meyer Sound equipment include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wicked, as well as numerous resident and touring productions from Cirque du Soleil®.
Also at the USITT Conference, architects Marcy Wong and Donn Logan were recognized with an Architecture Merit Award for their work on Meyer Sound's Pearson Theatre. Outfitted with the groundbreaking Constellation electroacoustic architecture, Meyer Sound's 57-seat theatre represents a new approach to designing multi-use spaces and provides optimal acoustics for a diverse range of events including movie screenings, musical presentations and professional audio seminars. Earlier this year, The Pearson Theatre has also received WoodWorks California's Interior Use of Wood Award.
Wong and Logan report that the theatre is the result of a unique and successful collaboration: "The Pearson Theatre is like one of Meyer Sound's products," says Logan. "It represents John and Helen's clear-sighted vision, and was designed with sophisticated research coupled with engineering know-how, and produced with precision and craftsmanship. It was an immensely rewarding experience to work so intensively with John, Helen, the consultants and the gifted and dedicated staff at Meyer Sound. We are thrilled to have been part of it."
The Pearson Theatre not only serves as a high-quality listening environment and an in-house presentation venue, but it is also a testament to John Meyer's uncompromising passion for theatre sound and the technology behind it. "Over the years, Helen and I have been privileged to have the opportunity to work with the legendary Abe Jacobs, and many other customers who have been at the forefront of theater sound," says John Meyer. "We listen to their feedback and visions, which have allowed us to ensure that our products are truly useful. It has been extremely rewarding to help sound designers realize their artistic visions and deliver the best possible experience to the audience. We are pleased that the industry appreciates our efforts in this quest."
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