The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony, opened in September of 2006. It was named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn. He led the Grammy Award-Winning Nashville Symphony for 22 years.
Construction started in December 2003, the shoebox design was inspired by some of the world's great concert halls. This 1,844 seat concert hall features natural interior lighting using 30 special soundproof windows.
It has a three level seat distribution, which gives the audience a more intimate experience. There is also a special choral seating behind the stage. The stage holds up to 115 musicians.
The design of the hall provides acoustical clarity and designed for the sound of natural instruments. The hall can be adjusted to the sounds of other types of performances with the use of an automated system of moveable banners and panels.
One of the features of the hall is the custom built concert organ. It is made up of 47 voices, 64 ranks and 3,568 pipes with three 32 foot stops. The sound and range of this crafted organ is quite impressive.
Another feature of the hall is the convertible seating system. It takes the orchestra level seating and lowers them into a special storage area below the hardwood floor. Now you have a 5,700 square foot ballroom floor that can be used for many types of events.
The lighting system is another feature that transforms the mood of the hall to the desired effect. It ismade up of 102 computerized lights with the ability to focus, synchronize, change color and enhance any part of the concert hall.
The Symphony Center also has the Mike Curb Family Music Education Hall. It is used to promote music education and appreciation to children, parents, and teachers. It is accessible during the day as well as events before and after the main event.
In the western side of the building is a public garden and cafe. It is enclosed by a colonnade, and is open through the day and during concerts.
Each season you can expect to see more than 100 pop, classical, and special concerts. It is the desire of the Symphony to engage and enrich people of all ages by achieving the highest standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs.
If you would like to visit the Symphony Center, the address is: One Symphony Place, Nashville, Tn 37201-2031. Also you can call 615-686-6500. The hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.