I just attended a performance in the Meng Concert Hall (part of the Clayes Performing Arts Centre) for the first time, this being a guitar recital as part of the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America gathering at CSUF. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The acoustics were superb, the seats were moderately comfortable and the sight lines were pretty good. I was in the third row, but I took a good walk around to check out different viewing angles. I would highly recommend seeing a performance here.
For your consideration:
(1) The hall has 808 seats, but the room's "vibe" is much smaller. This is due to added parterre and balcony tiers, some box seats, and over 100 more in the choir loft (i.e., behind the stage).
(2) The choir loft would be excellent for symphonies and organ music, but definitely not for a recital.
(3) Any orchestra seat in the first few rows will cause you to look up--at least slightly--to see the performance. If this bugs you (or your neck), I would recommend sitting at least six rows from the stage.
(4) If you order tickets on-line read the directions for the mail-out time frame. You may have to pick them up at the Will Call window. There's also an option to print your tickets if that works better.
(5) The performing arts building is very conveniently located near both the SR-57 and SR-91 Freeways. However, if the performance is scheduled near to the evening rush hour, add in lots of travel time. Check sigalert.com to see freeway conditions.
(6) The Nutwood (take this exit from the SR-57) parking structure is very near the venue and has an electronic sign in front telling you how many spaces are left.
(7) Parking is free after 17h00 on Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday. $8 otherwise; CASH ONLY, EXACT AMOUNT.
(8) Smokers take note: you are not allowed to light up anywhere on CSUF property--even outdoors--except for the campus periphery. I've never heard this before, but a person stepped up to the microphone prior to the performance to make an announcement [paraphrasing]: "if you see people smoking please kindly remind them that they should move to the edge of campus." I don't smoke but ... hey, I don't want you to get in trouble if you do.
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