Since the doors to Symphony Hall first opened in 1972, millions of people have crossed the venue's welcoming threshold into a cultural and performance icon integral to the Valley's arts landscape.
It's now a new era for this very-popular venue with the recent completion of an extensive $18.5 million renovation and expansion.
The multi-purpose Symphony Hall, home to The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. is also the site for Broadway touring companies, a variety of dance productions, and appearances by popular entertainers, as well as the location for business seminars, and convention general sessions.
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Architectural and Technical Features
Symphony Hall now features 2,312 chairs with wood bases for better acoustics.
Reconfigured main-floor cross aisles, additional elevators and a new wheelchair seating section greatly improve accessibility for patrons with disabilities and updates compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Stage and Sound
There is a 60 foot x 100 foot stage area, high technology acoustical, lighting, rigging and sound systems, a Green Room, rehearsal hall and star, chorus and musicians dressing rooms.
Other Special Features
Symphony Hall now includes a 2,652 square foot lobby expansion; new, larger ticket office and new lobby entrances for easier auditorium access. New elevators on each side of the lobby make access easier as well.
New, lighter wood panels of ash, read oak, European ash and European steamed birch are featured through the venue, along with new carpeting, custom-designed for Symphony Hall.
Symphony Hall's intimate art collection is of international significance. The pieces are all gifts from interested and generous residents of Phoenix and include, among others:
- Venetian Light Sculputres - Hand-blown glass chandeliers designed by Robert Weymers of Beverly Hills, California and created by Barovier and Toso on the Venetian island of Murano.
- Four Tapestries - Each 20 feet long and 8 feet wide, hung on angular walls in each corner of the lobby. Designed by David Chethlahe Paladin of Prescott, Arizona and modeled after Navajo sand paintings. Woven of Argentine wool by artisans at Teji dos Artisticos in Mexico City, representing a renewal of understanding of the interlocking elements of two cultures.
- The Grand Drape - The largest piece of machine-made embroidery in the world. Designed by Jack Lenor Larsen, considered the dean of modern fabric design, the warm, striking colors symbolize rebirth, an appropriate description of the renovated Symphony Hall.