The Mobile Symphony will sound a little sweeter after the installation of a $250,000 acoustic shell in the Saenger Theater this summer, according to CEO Diana Brewer.
“The Saenger is not an acoustically perfect concert hall and the shell will greatly enhance the sound,” she said.
The installation is pending a $95,000 allocation from the city, which owns the theater, but the City Council is expected to approve that payment next Tuesday. The quarter-million purchase price of the shell was raised through a private fundraising effort by the symphony, Brewer said. The city’s contribution will pay for the necessary rigging.
Mobile also has an annual $51,000 performance contract with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, which supports its educational programs and youth orchestra. The shell will remain a part of the Saenger and can be used for other performances.