The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Belmont University’s new $180 million multifunctional facility, officially opened today (Sept. 14) with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed with a vision to be the best performance venue on any college campus in the world, the new building was fashioned after traditional European opera houses.
The Fisher Center adds another notch to Music City’s world-class venues as it caters to major concerts, plays, operas, dance, musical theatre and other performances while also supplying Belmont’s arts students with a unique learning and performing environment.
“The beauty and performance capabilities of The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts are simply unmatched, and its possibilities are unparalleled. From inspiring audiences with globally-minded performances to celebrating our students’ talents onstage and behind the scenes to serving Middle Tennessee through partnerships and programs, the Fisher Center offers unlimited potential,” says Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones.
“This venue will equip students with the confidence and real-world experiences that set them apart as Belmont graduates while also attracting world-renowned artists to share their immense talents with our campus and the local community,” Jones continues. “With Belmont’s rich tradition of creativity and imagination across our campus, the Fisher Center will be a place for those values to come to life through curating, producing and presenting stories and art that inspire.”
The Fisher Center is named in honor of recently retired Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher and his wife Judy. In front of the Center are sculptures of the Fishers along with a plaque commemorating their contributions to Belmont University. Additionally, the area in front of the building will be called Dickens Plaza to honor the contributions of former Board of Trustees Chairman Marty Dickens and his wife Betty.
The Fisher Center will host the Dec. 1 performance of the annual “Christmas at Belmont” concert, which features more than 800 student musicians and vocalists. The night will also be filmed for national broadcast on PBS. Additionally, the May 2022 Nashville Opera collaboration on Richard Wagner’s epic “Das Rheingold” will take place at the new center as well as a June 2022 Nashville Ballet residency.
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