About the Building • Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Designed by I.M. Pei, the Meyerson's impressive architectural features, open spaces, touches of elegance, and unsurpassed acoustics make the building a preeminent environment for exceptional events in Dallas.
The centerpiece of the Meyerson is the McDermott Concert Hall, a European "shoebox" style music chamber, designed to establish intimacy between performer and audience. The salient features of the McDermott Hall include reverberation space around the top of the hall concealed behind 74 thick concrete doors weighing 2.5 tons each. These chamber doors can be opened and closed to increase or reduce reverberance.
In addition, 56 acoustical curtains within the concert hall and reverberation chamber help diminish sound vibrations dependent upon use of the hall. A system of canopies weighing more than 42 tons is suspended above the stage and can be raised, lowered, or tilted to reflect the sound throughout the audience chamber. The canopies also assist the musicians in hearing one another and in accurately assessing the nuances of their own playing.
Facts about the Meyerson
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center has:
- 260,000 square feet above ground space
- 225,000 square feet below ground space
- 35,130 cubic yards of concrete
- 30,000 square feet of Italian travertine marble
- 22,000 pieces of Indiana limestone
- 4,535 organ pipes
- 2,062 seats
- 918 square panels of African (Makore) cherrywood
- 216 square panels of American cherrywood
- 211 glass panels (no two alike) comprising the conoid windows
- 85 foot high ceiling in the concert hall
- 74 concrete reverberation chamber doors, each weighing as much as 2.5 tons
- 56 acoustical curtains
- 50 restrooms
- 4 private suites for meetings, banquets, and recitals
On an annual basis there are over 325 concert hall events, 20-30 banquets, 200 photo and film shoots, and over 800 hours of rehearsal and recording activity.