Belmont University’s new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, the crown jewel of a trilogy of performing arts spaces, anchoring the University’s Performing Arts District opened in the Fall of 2021. The performing arts center’s 1,700-seat main hall is of a “horseshoe” opera house form with full multi-use acoustical capabilities. The hall’s design supports various programs, from musical theatre, opera, dance, orchestra, and choral performances to popular entertainment and special events.
In addition to the main hall, there are two event halls, a grand lobby, and a rehearsal space. The grand lobby transforms into a 900-seat banquet hall for special events combined with the two event halls. The main hall features a sound transparent dome with fully adjustable acoustic capabilities, an orchestra pit featuring two lifts, a trapped stage, and high-grade sound reinforcement and video infrastructure facilities for television broadcasts. The latter is featured during the nationally broadcast annual “Christmas at Belmont” concert on PBS, featuring more than 800 student musicians and vocalists. Akustiks oversaw the acoustical and audio video design of the new facility.
Project Location: Nashville, TN
Client Name: Belmont University
Project Name: Belmont University Performing Arts Center
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Projects
Project Year: 2021
Project Size: 155,000 sq ft
Project Cost: US $160,000,000
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