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A.J. Fletcher spent a large part of his life promoting opera and the arts throughout the state's hinterlands. A lawyer by profession, he helped organize the Grassroots Opera in the 1940s and later moved to Raleigh to establish the Capitol Broadcasting Company. Fletcher died in 1979. He is honored for his contributions to the arts with the construction of a state-of-the art theater, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Raleigh's BTI Center for the Performing Arts.
For the first time in its 68-year history, the North Carolina Symphony will have its own performance hall. On February 21, 2001, the symphony will play a grand-opening concert in the new 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Prior to this, the symphony played in Memorial Auditorium, a venue shared by a variety of performing groups.
In 1995, the city of Raleigh asked the architectural firm of Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee to evaluate the possibility of adding two halls to the existing Memorial Auditorium. Lea describes the challenges the firm met and dealt with over the ensuing five years to bring the new BTI Center for the Performing Arts to completion in 2001.
Smith describes how Meymandi Concert Hall, the new home of the North Carolina Symphony in the BTI Center for the Performing Arts, was built and engineered to give each of the 1,700 concert-goers the highest quality of sound possible. For example, at the back of the hall, walls are angled to better reflect sound.