There’s a new performing arts and community events center under construction in downtown Bellevue. Resonance will be a small 3,200 square-foot concert venue inside SOMA Towers Apartments. It will open with a performance on May 15. But unlike many performing arts theaters Resonance is not a nonprofit. They’re approach to business is different.
“Based on a unique model, becoming more common in China and throughout Asia, the concept is to make the fine and performing arts more accessible to the public by producing concerts where people live and interact,” says Kristopher Jenkins, event sales and marketing manager at Resonance.
While Resonance is a Su Development project, the company that built SOMA Towners, Jenkins says Su Development doesn’t plan to make a profit from ticket sales and rental costs.
“We wish to create a self-sustaining model. Revenue from all sources will support the business – in particular, hundreds of artists will be financially supported with increased work and visibility,” he said.
Resonance plans to produce concerts during a 10 month season. Su Development is also hoping to offer the space to musicians and other performing artists for an affordable price by subsidizing the cost with money made from private events such as weddings and parties.
Resonance has also partnered with local non-profits. In exchange for community support and volunteer hours Music Works Northwest, a community music school, will be having their faculty and student concerts in the space for a lower rental cost. Classical KING FM has also partnered and will present six chamber music concerts starting in September.
The venue itself is modern in design. Its red boarder stands out like a cube at the base of the tower. Sound quality was top of mind during its design. Stage ceiling mosaics and “custom-made applications of acoustic diffusing wall panels” were built for optimal listing. There’s also a large panel of windows that look out onto the street that swing open on electric arms to let in fresh air during the summer months.
Resonance will celebrate its opening at 8pm on May 15 with a performance by the “The Silk Road Consort.” General admission tickets are $13. The event is open to the public.