I attended the organ day today at Verizon Hall. It was an interesting event with various instrumental groups playing with the organ. At one point, they had a large chorus singing opera pieces. I was appalled at the sound. It reminded me of an old hi-fi with the treble turned all the way up. Compared to the Met Opera House in NYC, this is a very poor situation. I noticed that the vaunted acoustical chambers have now been shrouded with a heavy velvet curtain. The adjustable sound reflector that hovers over the stage had all of its sections cranked up to the ceiling. I had toured the hall twice before, but this was first performance there. The adverse comments I have read in the past seem more than justified based on my experience. The hall itself is very attractive visually. The wooden steps going up the balcony level from the lobby were a poor choice and are badly worn.
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