orchestra shell

orchestra shell

A massive, sound-reflective structure which closes off the flies and wings of a theatrical stage to form a performing area for music, or is used in an open-air theater to direct sound to the audience.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This $32.8 million multi-use venue promotes the essence of flexibility with its revolutionary custom motorized orchestra shell which can transform the space from symphonic to theatrical at the touch of a button in a mere five minutes.
A principal feature of the auditorium is a moving orchestra shell with pipe organ.
"My first concert as music director took place during the opening of the new orchestra shell, which improves the sound of the orchestra quite dramatically."
The new orchestra shell replaces a lightweight synthetic shell that has done a less-than-ideal job of containing sound and directing it into the auditorium since the hall opened in September 1982.
The Hult is celebrating its 20th birthday today with a party featuring music, comedy and the maiden run of the Silva Concert Hall's new orchestra shell and enhanced sound system.
But it's the orchestra shell that Pfeiffer is putting his money on.
``And they used an orchestra shell that would be easy to get in and out and doesn't take much storage space, but doesn't really provide substantial support of the ensemble to the room.''
PROBLEM: Silva Concert Hall is a multipurpose room designed to be used with an electronic enhancement system that no longer works and built with an orchestra shell that is more decorative than functional.
At the heart of the Silva's current $1.7 million upgrade is a solid wood orchestra shell being designed and built in Las Vegas.
To keep that illumination from being a distraction, Peterson intends to use the orchestra shell - the bone-white, sound-reflecting acoustic screens that enclose the orchestra and hang over it - as "a canvas" that could turn into the forest or the sky and hopefully will "wash away all that ambient light."