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Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville



Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium
DESCRIPTION: First opened as a church in 1892 by Captain Thomas G. Ryman; became a National Historic Landmark when the Grand Ole Opry show moved here in 1943, becoming the “Mother Church of Country Music”; when the Grand Ole Opry show moved to its new home by the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in 1974, the Ryman stood vacant for 20 years; it was restored and re-opened in 1994 as a glorious landmark; today visitors can embark upon a self-guided tour of the building and view a myriad of portraits, newspaper clippings, videotapes and original signed event posters as part of the permanent exhibit that traces the building’s legendary history; those desiring to record their own CD may do so live in the Ryman Recording Studio, the site of the original ticket office.  “Singers” here can choose from a number of songs including classics by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and George Jones and a sound engineer will record them to tracks performed by professional Nashville studio musicians; over the years the Ryman has hosted world-renown talent ranging from Roy Acuff to Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Elvis Presley, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Ray Price, James Brown, Marian Anderson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Mandrell, Al Green and Jerry Lee Lewis just to name a few. Today the Ryman features Country, Rock, Alternative, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Jazz and Bluegrass performances, as well as musical theatre from contemporary performers such as India Arie, Harry Connick Jr., Erykah Badu, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz
BOX OFFICE & TOURS: daily 9a-4p
ADDRESS: 116 Fifth Avenue North  MAP
PARKING: many pay lots are nearby
PHONE: 615-458-8700 or 615-889-3060

Tennessee Performing Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: occupying an entire city block and housing Tennessee State Museum, the cultural arts center adjoins the 18-story James Polk State Office Building; the main performance venues at TPAC are Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075 seats), Andrew Johnson Theater (256 seats) and War Memorial Auditorium (1,661 seats); presents a series of Broadway shows, and administers a comprehensive arts education program and is home to Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera Association, The Nashville Symphony, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre; the complex also houses the Tennessee State Museum
BOX OFFICE: daily 6a–9p
ADDRESS: 505 Deaderick Street  MAP
PARKING: Public Square Garage, one block east of TPAC, provides discounted parking for TPAC patrons
PHONE: 615-782-4000

Schermerhorn Symphony Hall
DESCRIPTION: Home to the Nashville symphony and among the best acoustically-engineered venues of the world, the new Symphony Hall completes a quadrangle of entertainment options in downtown; it was inspired by some of the world’s great concert halls, with Its shoebox designed 1,860-seats and natural interior light through 30 soundproof windows; seats are distributed over three levels, including a special choral loft behind the stage; the hall's namesake is Music Director and Principal Conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn from 1983 until his death in early 2005
ADDRESS: One Symphony Place  MAP
PARKING: $20 valet parking in front; garage at the new Pinnacle at Symphony Place, located across the street
PHONE: 615-783-1200

Grand Ole Opry
DESCRIPTION: What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon honoring country music’s rich history and present; it showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary stars; The Opry is Nashville's Tennessee’s number-one attraction; tours are often available daily from February through Octoberr; on evenings in which there is only one Opry performance, tours are available immediately after the show

BOX OFFICE: its best to book online, see website below

ADDRESS: 2804 Opryland Drive  MAP

PARKING: free on premises

PHONE: 615-871-6779


Act I
DESCRIPTION: Artists’ Cooperative Theatre brings theatrical gems - both classic and modern - to Nashville audiences; this small theatre group has presented more than 50 of the world’s greatest plays
at Darkhorse Theater
BOX OFFICE: tickets are $12; High School and younger students admitted Free to Thursday evening performances and Sunday matinees with a valid Student ID.
ADDRESS: 4104 Moss Rose Drive  MAP
PARKING: Free, SunTrust Bank parking at 46th and Charlotte Avenues
PHONE: 615-726-2281

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