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Royce Hall Sound

March 21, 1998

While I look forward to hearing the newly restored Royce Hall auditorium, I think it is misleading for Nicolai Ouroussoff to refer its previous acoustic incarnations only as "mediocre," "a flop" and "inferior" ("The Rebirth of Royce Hall," March 19).

It is true that spoken-word events, such as Ian McKellen's production of "Richard III," suffered enormously. However, many have considered its acoustics for musical events to be among the best in California--after all, even though their live performances take place elsewhere, up until the Northridge earthquake, the Los Angeles Philharmonic chose Royce as its venue for recordings.

CHRIS NORLIN

Los Angeles

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