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“Meng Concert Hall is excellent; here are some tips”

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Clayes Performing Arts Centre
Ranked #9 of 28 things to do in Fullerton
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

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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Reviewed 7 August 2013

The music and productions are produced by Cal State Fullerton. They are exceptional! The theatres are comfortable and it has been a BIG boost to the culture of Fullerton

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

This was my first time at the Centre for a symphony concert. The concert was great, the acoustics were superb and what a great deal. It seems to be a very well kept secret, but certainly worth exploring. They have a variety of types of performances here.

Thank NorthOCTraveler
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

This beautiful space was completed just before the economic downturn, to the lasting benefit not only of California State University Fullerton but of all lovers of performing arts. Famous names turn up here, but the plays and concerts presented by the students and faculty are the lifeblood of the very busy season. The auditorium is a gem for musical events, with excellent acoustics and sight lines; would venture to say there is not a bad seat in the house. Smaller theaters-in-the-round offer a wide variety of plays put on by the university's department of theater and dance. A valuable addition to the cultural life of Orange County.

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