Saturday, October 6, 2007

*The* Music Venue in Music City

Most people equate Nashville with Country Music, but few people outside of Music City know that Nashville is home to one of the elite symphony halls in the world.

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center (above), named for Kenneth Schermerhorn who led the Nashville Symphony for 22 years before his death in 2005, opened in September, 2006. Previously, the Symphony performed in Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).

The neoclassical building sits on an entire city block in downtown Nashville. Designers used great concert halls all over the world as models for the Center, and everything, from lighting and acoustics to the railings on the stairs and entry balcony, is the way it is for a reason. The building also houses a music education hall, a public garden, a cafe, and a gift shop.

Today (October 6), was Free Day of Music at the Center. From 10 a.m. until almost midnight, area residents could tour the entire Center and listen to all kinds of free performances (I loved the salsa band!). For the next few days, I'll take you on a tour and explain what makes the Schermerhorn Symphony Center so great!

8 comments:

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Great! This is going to be a very interesting series!

don said...

great that you loved amsterdam. Not beautiful pictures of a,sterdam on this blog?

Gwen said...

Looking forward to the grand tour!

Quintarantino said...

Wow... didn't know about that...
As for your uestions: yes, she passed away recently. There's going to be a new church in Fatima. Almost done. It's great! Hoe to see you soon...

Felicia said...

Sounds (pun intended) like a great way to spend the day!

Denton said...

Hard to image something so significant playing second fiddle to the grand ole opry.

Glenn Standish said...

Hi Chris...bet this place has seen some amazing concerts!

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Thanks for defending other Nashville values apart from country music. I didn't know such things.