Grand Ole Symphony Hall

Nashville's newest spot for music is a little bit country and a little bit classical

The interior of David M. Schwarz’s slightly countrified neo-classical Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the new $120 million home for the Nashville Symphony, which opens in September, makes me think of a fancy bordello in a colorful frontier town. With its lyre-patterned nickel silver reliefs that could be mistaken for horseshoes and pale green palette strongly encouraged by a major donor, I imagine ladies with rosy cheeks standing in the doorways on its three tiers of balconies wearing long frilly gowns and mustachioed men tumbling over the railings.

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