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Concert Hall Rentals

The Meyerson Symphony Center is not a union facility but is managed by a full-time event production staff. The Facility Technical Director and technicians are very familiar with the facility and in-house equipment, and will assist with acoustical adjustments, operate all in-house sound and lights, and will coordinate all other requirements through the stage crew.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All stage rigging work and follow spot operation shall be provided by members of IATSE Local 127.  Local 127 work calls are scheduled for 4-hour minimums.

Special Features

Four acoustic canopies suspended above the stage can be raised, lowered, and/or tilted to enhance sound clarity.

The reverberation chamber is a 300,000 cubic foot space, which surrounds the upper perimeter of the shoe-box shaped concert hall. Reverb doors may be opened to increase the reverberation decay time or closed to reduce the reverberation.

Sound absorbing acoustic curtains are also available within the reverberation chamber and throughout the concert hall on three levels to achieve the desired articulation of sound.

 

Stage dimensions are 66’ 6” wide x 36’ 2” deep.  There is no fly or wing space.  Facility does not have curtains, legs, borders or other hanging soft goods.

There are four (4) levels of orchestra risers on the stage, which may be removed and stored offstage depending on building schedule.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Removal of all risers to create a flat floor will require a labor call. Advance arrangements must be made with the Facility Technical Director.

Stage equipment includes:

  • 120 Orchestra Chairs + 110 Music Stands
  • Conductor Podium
  • Cherry Wood Lectern with 2 Gooseneck Microphone Mounts
  • 2 Step Units (may be placed in aisles 2 & 3 or DSL and DSR)

In Fall 2020, a new ‘state of the art’ art’ robotic video camera system was installed in the performance hall. The system features six robotic cameras, one wide view of Hall from audience seating to stage, two handheld cameras, and one fixed for view of conductor.

This versatile system allows for recordings and/or livestreams of performances from the state.  The new digital hall also includes portable camera setups for live interviews backstage or front of house.  For rates, please see below.

There are three (3) pianos available for stage use, plus four (4) practice pianos in different rehearsal spaces within the hall.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Practice pianos cannot be moved to stage level and stage pianos will not be removed from the stage / backstage area.  Consult with Facility Technical Director regarding piano selection and availability of practice piano spaces.

The Herman W. & Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ is one of the largest mechanical (tracker)-action organs ever built for a symphony hall.

Designed by C.B. Fisk Inc., the organ features 4,535 pipes ranging in size from 32 feet long to the size of a pencil.

A performance charge will be required for its use; any organ performance with recording projects require an additional recording rights fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Use of the concert organ is limited to pre-approved organists only, no exceptions.

Inside the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

All needs must be advanced through the Facility Technical Director, including production schedule, audio, lighting, video, and backline.

Sound

The Meyerson Symphony Center will remove six seats at rear house right (Orchestra Floor Section D, Rows T & U) to accommodate FOH sound console. This position is not under a balcony. The sound mix platform is 67’ from the stage proscenium. The cable path from FOH mix to stage is 90’.

Typically located in the stage left entry wing.

  • Midas M32 Digital Mixer (32 In / 16 Out)
  • Analog 26-ch Stage Input Box
  • Analog 36-ch FOH Fan-Out
  • Analog 36-ch SL Monitor Split

NOTE:  Multiple Tie-Lines and Sub-Snakes available

Central Loudspeaker Line Array Speakers
  • Covers DS orchestra floor, loge and dress circle
  • (6) EAW KF730 SLAM (small line array module)
Front Fill Speakers
  • Covers DSL and DSR
  • (6) Meyer Sound UPA-1A loudspeakers (DSL/DSR corner fills)
  • (4) VUE Audiotechnik i-2.x 4.5-bnl loudspeakers (across DS edge)
Orchestra Terrace Speakers
  • Covers orchestra terrace soffit
  • (20) EAW L8/CX2X0-TM loudspeakers (4 delay zones)
Loge Speakers
  • Covers DS 1st tier side box seats
  • (2) EAW KF300i loudspeakers
Dress Circle Speakers
  • Covers DS 2nd tier side box seats
  • (2) EAW KF300i loudspeakers
Grand Tier Speakers
  • Covers DS 3rd tier side box seats and grand tier rows A-J
  • (2) EAW KF 300i loudspeakers (downstage 3rd tier box side fills)
  • (2) EAW MQV 1394e loudspeakers (downstage 3rd tier delay fills)
Choral Terrace Speakers
  • Covers upstage 1st tier
  • (2) EAW KF300i loudspeakers (hung from main canopy/upstage center)
  • (2) EAW KF300i loudspeakers (behind columns SL & SR)
Dress Circle Loft Speakers
  • Covers upstage 2nd tier lofts
  • (2) EAW KF300i loudspeakers

 

 

  • (1) BSS Blu-100
  • (2) BSS Blu-BOB
  • (1) BSS Blu-10
  • (2) EAW MX200i dual processors
  • (1) Meyer M-1A processor
  • Mono send for main PA system
  • Mono send for DSL & DSR corner fills
  • Mono send for DS lip fills

NOTE:  The existing house PA system does NOT have subwoofers.

  • (2) JBL SRX-712
  • (2) EAW SM202H
  • (4) Mackie SRM active hot-spots
  • Shure: (4) Beta 58A; (4) Beta 57A; (4) Beta 87A; (5) SM58; (5) SM81; (1) SM57; (2) AKG D112; (2) AKG C414 B
  • (6) Audio Technica Pro37
  • (1) Senn MD421
  • (2) Shure MX412 cardioid gooseneck
  • (6) Shure UR1 4DH4 (UHF) w/ KSM9 HH or DPA Lav
  • (4) Countryman E6 ear set mics

(15) Clear Com headsets/belt packs (wireless intercom not available)

  • (1) Behringer X-Air XR18 Digital Mixer (18 In / 8 Out)
  • (1) Yamaha EMX88 powered mixer
  • (12) Yamaha C115V speakers w/ stands
  • (2) Peavy 115PS speakers w/ stands
  • (2) Klipsch KP3000C speakers w/ stands
  • (1) Marantz PMD350 CD/cassette player
  • (1) press mult box w/ 8 isolated  mic level outputs

Recording microphones are permanently hung above the stage:

  • DS Center Bar: (2) Schoeps CCM 2H; (2) Schoeps CCM 21
  • DSL & DSR Outriggers: (2) Pearl ELM-B
  • SR Violin & Harp Mics: (2) Schoeps CCM 22
  • USC Percussion Mic: Pearl TL44 Stereo
  • Choral Terrace L-LC-RC-R:  (4) Schoeps CCM4V
  • Ambient House L&R: (2) Schoeps CCM3

Additional recording notes:

  • All analog mic signals provided at line level via Benchmark Media System 1000 pre-amp modules
  • All digital mic signals provided at line level via Merging Horus System
    • (1) APB DynaSonics ProDesk 432 (32 mono / 4 stereo inputs) analog mixer for recording
    • (1) Tascam CD-RW 900 SL recorder
  • The recording booth is located at Orchestra Terrace rear center. Please see below for rates.

HearUsNow! 

Proprietary Software and Network Interface to improve experience for hearing impaired patrons in the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall.

Lighting

(310) Colortran 500w Mini-Ellipsoidal Canopy Down Lights (covering the stage and orchestra risers); (6) ETC Source Four 26° rim lights (focused DSC); (4) ETC Source Four 19° conductor specials (located downstage at the front of the main canopy) | NOTE: These lights cannot be gelled.

(22) ETC Source Four 750w 5° FOH lights, (located above the follow spot booth); elevation is approximately 83’ and distance to the apron is approximately 132’  | NOTE: These lights may be focused and gelled as needed.

(6) ETC Source Four 750w 5° specials (permanently focused DSL, DSC and DSR); (10) ETC Source Four 26° side lighting specials (USL and USR above Dress Circle Lofts); (10) Vari*Lite VL5 wash luminaires (USL and USR side lighting above Dress Circle Lofts).

(2) Strong Xenon Super Trouper Spot Lights (2000w) are located in the spotlight booth above Grand Tier at the rear of audience seating area. Elevation is 78’ and projection distance to the apron is approximately 132’.

High End Systems HOG 4-18 lighting console with two (2) additional display monitors, (8) DMX Universe outputs, (10) master playbacks with motorized faders and master control keys.

Lighting Booth is located Rear House Left Orchestra Terrace, with window to concert hall. Alternative lighting control location: 11’7” large platform located at Rear House Left Orchestra Floor (Seat Removal Section B, Rows T & U). Arrangements must be made in advance with the Facility Technical Director to use this platform.

NOTE: In-house assortment of gel colors is limited. Please consult with Facility Technical Director regarding required gel and correction filters.

  • (1) Leprecon LP612 DMX Lighting Console
    (2) Leprecon LD340 Dimmer Packs with stage pin outputs
  • (8)  ETC Source Four PAR’s
  • (4) ETC Source Four ParNels
  • (4) ETC Source Four ellipsoidals
  • (2) ETC Source Four Junior ellipsoidals
  • Plus, assorted lighting tree stands, pipe and base stands etc.

Rigging and Power

The attic above the concert hall is outfitted with DMX outlet boxes and Socopex outlet boxes which may be used with lighting trusses over the stage and audience. Please refer to stage diagrams and consult with the Technical Director regarding location of rigging points. There are no rigging points in the building anywhere outside of the concert hall.

(13) CM Lodestar one-ton chain motors are available in the concert hall attic. Please refer to stage diagrams or consult with the Technical Director about specific locations of house motors.

NOTE: It is house policy that all rigging be accomplished by riggers from IATSE Local 127. Absolutely no exceptions. The Technical Director must approve all rigging requests and plans.

Electrical company switches are available for lighting, sound, and projection equipment:

  • SWITCH #1 (Backstage Right): 400a/208v/3-phase – E1016 Cam-Lok
  • SWITCH #2 (Backstage Right): 400a/208v/3-phase – E1016 Cam-Lok
  • SWITCH #3 (Backstage Right): 125a/208v/3-phase – bare wire only
  • SWITCH #4 (Backstage Left): 200a/110v/hot-neutral-isolated technical ground for audio equipment  – Cam Lok (not 3-Phase)
  • SWITCH #5 (Loading Dock): 200a/208v/3-phase – bare wire only

IMPORTANT NOTE: Switch #4 Stage Left is the panel near the typical monitor mix – it is NOT a 3-phase panel. 150’ feeder cable is the suggested minimum to get 3-phase power from backstage right to stage left for use in the monitor mix area if 3-phase power is required and Switch #4 is not used.  The Facility does NOT have any “house” feeder available in any length.

Loading and Unloading

  • Backstage right from freight elevator (bi-fold acoustical door): 18’ wide x 11’ high
  • Stage right and left doors from backstage to stage (double doors): 7’-9” wide x 9’-9” high
  • Backstage left door to lobby: 2’-9” wide x 6’-8” high (two steps at this location)
  • Lobby doors (entry from street): 5’-7” wide x 8’ high
  • Loading dock up to backstage right
  • Stage left and stage right up to Choral Terrace, side lighting, Reverb Chamber, and attic
  • Rear center of Orchestra Terrace up to Loge, Dress Circle and Grand Tier
  • Stage left and right booths to the stage
The loading dock is NOT at street level.  If you unload at a street level dock, you are at the wrong venue.

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center address is 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. This is the address for the front door of the building, not the loading dock.  The loading dock is located off the Woodall Rodgers Freeway Service Road just east of the Pearl Street intersection. The dock is located UNDER the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The ramp (14’2” height of dock entry) to the dock goes down from the Woodall Rodgers Service Road to underneath the Meyerson Symphony Center. There is a guard hut at the bottom of the ramp and all drivers must check in with security before proceeding to the dock. The guard hut is on wheels and will be moved out of the way for truck access. Please wait for the guard hut to be moved and electrical power line to be disconnected before driving into the dock.

Dock height is (4) four feet and can accommodate (2) semi-trailers. Dock levelers are installed that can lower the dock height to 3’ 5” high.   Please re-set the dock leveler after each use. Damages from driving away with the leveler deployed is the responsibility of the Driver.

Pallet jacks, hand trucks, and flatbed carts are on premises and can be used, subject to availability. A fork lift is not available.

The loading dock is a shared space. Tractor trailers that will be in the dock overnight must be pre-approved by Technical Director.

Note to Truck Drivers: All tractor trailer rigs over 42’ in length MUST back down the ramp into the dock as there is NOT room to maneuver at the bottom of the ramp. Ramp entrance measures 24’-6” x 14’-2” high. A typical 13’ 6” truck can access dock without any problems.

 

If unloading a trailer pulled behind a non-dock height vehicle (e.g. bus or motor coach), trailer must be unloaded at ground level IN FRONT of the Facility at 2301 Flora Street. The Technical Director must approve in advance.

Note to Bus/Motor Coach Drivers: Do not attempt to drive a bus into the loading dock area. The ramp is steep and attempting to do so may result in damage to the vehicle at the bottom of the ramp. Busy streets surrounding the Meyerson Symphony Center make bus parking difficult and therefore it is critical that all bus parking be pre-arranged with the Facility Director.

The freight elevator is approximately (50) fifty feet from the dock. The elevator travels between the dock level and the stage level only. At stage level, elevator access is backstage right.

Freight elevator measures 18’ x 11’ x 9’ 5” high. Clearance inside elevator is 9’ 6”.

Capacity is 10,000 lbs.

Backstage Accommodations

The backstage area features six (6) private dressing rooms and four (4) larger group dressing rooms.

The Green Room is located off stage left and is accessible from the Dressing Rooms and the Main Lobby. The green room is furnished with chairs, tables, lamps, sofa and a bar.  Capacity is 30 people.  Consult with Facility Technical Director regarding availability.

Located near dressing rooms and backstage on the first floor.  Primarily used as a lounge and catering space.

Wireless internet is available for production personnel through the concert hall and lobbies at no charge.  Please ask the Technical Director for current login details.

Rental Rates

The base rental includes a 6-hour block for event including move-in, event and move-out plus access to concert hall, lobby, dressing rooms and green room.

  • Base Rental: $5200
  • Second Performance (same day): $2500
  • Additional Hours (2 hour min): $1500

Non-profit rates are also available at  $4000 (base), $1000 (2nd same day performance) and $750 (additional hours – 2 hour minimum).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ticketing and facility services are available upon request. 

Audio is captured with twenty-four (24) microphones flown over the stage.  The final recording mix will be stereo and can be shared with video control room or recorded and stored for client use in the future.

Prices listed below include equipment and staffing based on a ten (10) hour day and include four (4) hours of post-recording editing time.

  • Audio Package Rental: $4000
  • Non Profit Rate: $2250

Prices listed below include the cost of the video and audio control rooms, staffing based on a ten (10) hour day.

Archival Package includes one robotic camera, recording and camera operation
  • Package Rate: $6450
  • Non-Profit Rate: $4700
Base Package includes three robotic cameras, recording and camera operations
  • Package Rate: $8200
  • Non-Profit Rate: $5600
Intermediate Package includes six robotic cameras, recording and camera operations
  • Package Rate: $12500
  • Non-Profit Rate: $10750
Advanced Package includes ten cameras, recording, switching, camera operations, and playback
  • Package Rate: $18500
  • Non-Profit Rate: $14500

Additional services and conditions

  • Use of equipment and staffing in excess of ten(10) hour day is subject to an additional charge of $500 per hour.
  • Technical staffing will be provided by DSO and additional fees may apply.
  • Post production support is priced at $650 per ten (10) hour day; half day rates may apply.
  • Client is responsible for transmission.  Hard drive must be provided by client for recordings.
  • Location fee/media rights fee may apply (see license agreement).

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