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."