Nashville’s “Music City” moniker comes from its wide renown as the center of country and Christian music, yet it added another fitting element of which it has been especially proud, the $120 million Schermerhorn Symphony Center – which opened in 2006.
Named for the late‚ longtime music director‚ Kenneth Schermerhorn‚ the new home of the Nashville Symphony is downtown’s newest architectural jewel and a world-class setting for a rising symphony orchestra. The symphony performs more than 100 classical, pops and special concert events each season, and also presents recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events.
The building‚ inspired by the great concert halls of 19th-century Europe‚ has galvanized Nashville’s classical music community‚ doubling the symphony’s subscriber base and revenue from season subscriptions.
Inside its columned‚ neoclassical exterior is 197‚000 square feet of space for musical performances and events.
Laura Turner Concert Hall
The intimate 1‚872-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall boasts a custom-built 3‚600-pipe concert organ‚ 30 windows to allow in natural light and convertible seating to transform the space into a 5‚400-square-foot flat floor for cabaret‚ pops and jazz performances‚ ballroom dancing or dinners.
A state-of-the-art concert hall is the last element the 60-year-old Nashville Symphony needed to take its place as a major national orchestra.
The structure also hosts many other events designed to draw in those who don’t listen to classical music. The center and its garden area are available for special events such as weddings‚ receptions‚ conventions and corporate meetings.
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