The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is a concert hall located in downtown Dallas's Arts District. Designed by architect I.M. Pei and acoustician Russell Johnson's Artec Consultants, Inc., the center is currently ranked as one of the world's greatest orchestra halls.
Former president of Electronic Data Systems and former chairman and CEO of Perot Systems, Morton Meyerson, led a 10-year effort by the Dallas Symphony Association to create a space for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to call home. The new concert hall was named in Meyerson's honor in 1986. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is now the permanent home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Chorus. The center is also the primary performance venue for other musical groups based in Dallas, such as the Dallas Wind Symphony.
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is designed with solid, geometric lines and is made mostly of glass and metal. Though modern-looking on the outside, the concert hall itself sports a more classical look. Architect I.M. Pei and structural engineer, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, called the interior of the concert hall "very conservative." Pei was averse to modernizing the interior for the building because the music performed in the hall was likely to be from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center covers 485,000 square feet in space and can seat 2,062 guests.
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