Belmont University Performing Arts Center
The new venue, which will be located on Belmont Boulevard, is slated to open fall 2021.
The grand opening of the new performing arts center is currently anticipated to occur with the Dec. 1 filming of the annual “Christmas at Belmont” concert, featuring more than 800 student musicians and vocalists in a performance nationally broadcast on PBS for the past 18 years. Located between Belmont’s Massey Performing Arts Center, Curb Event Center, Curb Café, Troutt Theater and McAfee Concert Hall, the new facility completes a performing arts district along Belmont Boulevard. Moreover, the new hall promises ultimate adaptability with design features that make it a perfect fit for a wide variety of functions, from both acoustic and amplified music concerts to theater and dance performances and broadcast events.
While every performance in the new space will be a considerable draw, the building itself will prove its own attraction as acute attention to detail makes this project particularly impactful. Throughout the Performing Arts Center, visitors will find elaborate details and special touches that further enhance the beauty within and symbolize uniquely Belmont traits. A few highlights of the new performing arts center include:
Variable acoustic system within the hall includes curtains placed in wall pockets that can be deployed to manage audio needs, or literally tune the room, for different events
Three-story Grand Lobby designed to host banquets, galas and special events for up to 900 guests
The side recital spaces can be individually cordoned off for separate acoustic or amplified smaller performances, or—since both areas feature floor space as large as the main stage—each can also be used as viable rehearsal spaces
Flexible stage, lifts, rigging and lighting in the main hall provide maximum adaptability
Top of the line theatrical equipment will give superior visual and acoustical experiences
Innovative orchestra pit accompanied by two lifts allow the pit to be extended above, below or flush to the stage depending upon the production
Ten-foot wide oculus lay-light medallion with ornate glasswork and intricate lighting details add a striking element to the performance hall dome
An acoustically transparent domed ceiling, constructed of ornate plaster and metal grillwork, allows sound to travel up into the attic volume before being diffused, or absorbed, depending upon the nature of the event
Additional events for the hall’s inaugural season, along with a fall dedication ceremony, will be announced at a future date.
Source: Belmont University