Nashville, Music City USA and OVI Focus Meeting, Part 3

by RJSweeney on November 30, 2009

Part 3 of 4 on Nashville OVI by Rhonda Sweeney

Saturday began with a 30-minute tour on the drive out to the new Noah Liff Opera Center. We saw Vanderbilt University – which is huge, and also an exact replica of the Greek Parthenon in Centennial Park, made of concrete, not marble. Saves a trip to Greece!

Nashville is known as The Athens of the South, due to the large number of institutions of higher education.

The Focus meeting was a big success with Stuart Holt, Nashville Opera Director of Education, talking about Opera Education for children, David Yuen, OVI, talking about creative websites, and Reed Hummell, Nashville Opera Director of Sales and Marketing, on the use of social networking to attract new audiences. A tour or the Opera Center showed us the behind the scenes locations for rehearsals, costumes, wigs, makeup, sets and props storage, and Nashville Opera’s offices – just opened in spring 2009.

Back at the hotel, we had time to rest before heading over to the 26th floor of a nearby building for a fantastic pre-opera dinner, then over to the TPAC for our opera. The TPAC has 3 theaters, each named after a Tennessee President – Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson and James Polk.

We were in the small theater, Polk, for the 1988 Phillip Glass opera based on the Edgar Allen Poe story The Fall of the House of Usher. It was all amplified, per the composer’s request, including the 14 piece orchestra and 5 singers. We heard the director speak beforehand and all the singers and conductor afterwards. Very well done, with interesting background video and thought provoking story!

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