The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is a symphony center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It opened with its first concert in the Laura Turner Concert Hall on September 9, 2006. Its opening night gala, conducted by Leonard Slatkin and featuring Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, Frederica von Stade and Janice Chandler-Eteme, was broadcast live on PBS affiliates throughout the state. The main affiliate, Nashville's WNPT, celebrated the occasion by presenting the event in high definition, the station's first HD telecast. A selection from the complete concert was broadcast on the NPR program Performance Today, on September 15, 2006.
The Center is named in honor of Kenneth Schermerhorn, who was the music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra from 1983 until his death in 2005. The center was named before his death.
The Center's neoclassical exterior belies the technological and acoustical advances embodied inside. For example, the orchestra level seats are mounted on several motorized wagons that can be driven forward and lowered through the floor on spiral lifts, revealing an ornate Brazilian cherry and hickory parquet floor and enabling the Hall to be converted from a concert hall into a ballroom in approximately two hours. Further, dozens of motorized acoustic drapes and panels can be quickly adjusted to predetermined positions in order to accommodate many styles of acoustic and amplified music. Finally, those inside the Hall are spared the intrusion of the inevitable downtown noises by an acoustical isolation joint that encircles the entire Hall and prevents sound waves from traveling into or out of the Hall.
The design architect is David M. Schwarz / Architectural Services of Washington, D.C., with Earl Swensson Associates of Nashville as architect of record.
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