Be sure to get your taxes done, because this behind the scenes tour is really interesting, you won't want to miss it. You'll have a whole new perspective next time you're there for a concert. This may be your last chance to see it before the remodel. There is a $4.00 fee for this tour.
Phil Gainsley will lead the tour. He knows the history of the Orchestra and Orchestra Hall better than the staff and often leads the educational tours. He also does many Pre-Concert talks about the music and frequently does artist/conductor interviews. He will most likely be able to give us an update on the remodel project.
Our tour will take us into the inner sanctum of Orchestra Hall, we will get the insiders view of the building and we'll see what it takes to put on a concert. Imagine what it will be like to stand on the stage and see what the musicians see as they look out into the audience. It will also be fascinating to learn about the history of our world renowned orchestra.
Orchestra Hall consists of two buildings: a rectangular-shaped auditorium, and a glass and steel supporting structure (housing the lobby and administrative offices) that is separated from the auditorium by a one-inch gap to free the concert hall from any outside sound. The result is an acoustically brilliant space, designed for a superb concert going experience.
We will gather in the area around the ticket office by 12:45. Our tour will start promptly at 1:00. The limit for this tour is 70, if by chance there is a long wait list I will add a second tour.
Phil will be expecting to do about an hour and he will be happy to have an engaged group who ask questions!
(From the tour office) Cameras/tri-pods are allowed since the orchestra will not be here but everyone should respect Phil’s direction- no one can lag behind because backstage must remain secure.
I will post where we will gather for our after tour get together shortly. I would like especially like to see a lot of new members join us. These get togethers are a great way to get to know other members and we always have a good time. It' kind of a tradition we look forward to.
Since it's Sunday there might be on street parking, otherwise Orchestra Hall has a ramp.