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The Music Hall

Saved from demolition by the community in 1987 and blossoming today with nationally recognized programs, the nonprofit art center is delicately balancing successful growth. Since its 2003 designation as an “American Treasure,” by the US Senate. The Music Hall has emerged as a cultural anchor in the region, engaging 100,000 patrons each year, including 20,000 school children. The Music Hall has grown as an attraction, drawing visitors from outside the region as well as residents to its award winning programs and signature series, including Writers on a New England Stage, Telluride by the Sea, and Met Opera broadcasts from Lincoln Center. The Music Hall’s contribution to the local economy in show and visitor related spending has swelled to $7 million annually.

The Music Hall’s award-winning restorations and renovations of its landmark 1878 Historic Theater have brought back details dating to 1878 and 1901, periods of architectural significance.  Visitors today enjoy the theater’s gloriously restored proscenium arch and auditorium, its fanciful and functional Founders Lobby, the expanded elegant upper lobby leading into the auditorium and the new crystal chandelier and sconces. 

The Music Hall received the Preservation Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for the “outstanding restoration of the auditorium and proscenium arch” and the NH American Institute of Architects Excellence in Architecture Award for the Historic Theater. Beyond those renovations, the Music Hall Loft opened in 2011 around the corner on Congress Street, a 124-seat theater that also houses administrative offices. The Loft was recently named “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine and was also the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

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Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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