Symphony Orchestra Augusta tests acoustics at Miller Theater

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Symphony Orchestra Augusta, lead by Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, tests the Miller Theater's acoustics. Saturday's test was open to the public, many of whom brought their own folding chairs because the theater's seats have been removed.
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Symphony Orchestra Augusta, led by Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, conducted a second test of the Miller Theater’s acoustics Saturday.

The sound test was open to the public, many of whom brought their own folding chairs because the theater’s seats have been removed.

A first test in November was conducted when the space was empty. A press release from Symphony Orchestra Augusta said the test Saturday would be "as close to a 'real-world' test as possible, so they have taken down the fabric from the walls and recruited volunteers to serve as an audience, since people affect how sound travels."

Members of Symphony Orchestra Augusta volunteered to perform to allow Maestro Shizuo Kuwahara and acoustician Larry Kirkegaard to evaluate sound throughout the venue.

“We have learned a great deal about how sound resonates in the Miller,” Levi Hill, IV, who serves as Chairman of the Miller Project, said in the press release. “When the space was designed in the late ’30s, great care was taken to create a strong acoustic value. We are committed to respecting and enhancing those qualities as we prepare the theater for future generations, and this upcoming final sound check is part of that due diligence.”

The $14.6 million theater project is expected to be completed for the orchestra’s 2014-15 season. When it opens, the Miller will be used for a variety of entertainment, with both amplified and nonamplified sound.


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