The Grand Performing Arts Center At Gwinnett

Gwinnett features a Grand Arts Performing center that can pose as the envy of any other place. The performing center is unmatched when it comes to the creation of an engineering marvel for technological wizardry. It features state-of-the-art technology that will be the toast of the Gwinnett province for quite some time now. The facilities that it offers are almost at the level of what a Broadway playhouse would feature in its specifications. And believe it or not, this facility can be enjoyed by 700 spectators who will be witness to performances on a giant scale due to this center. Its clinching deal is its ability to mould itself to the kind of performances that it can host. From stage plays to audio-visual presentations to business meets, it can encompass all. Exhibitors need not get disheartened as the facility can also be used as a ground for exhibition conveniently. This is possible because of the footbridge that links the 139000 sq. Feet exhibition area with the performance ground. Therefore the stage is already set for product launches, trade shows and corporate conferences.

The center’s designers kept it in mind that the center had to be economical in its operations and efficient in its administration. To facilitate this, dressing rooms are kept at the stage level and the official spaces are located in their respective convenient places. A crowning glory of the Grand Arts Performing center is its collapsible acoustical orchestra shell. This is used in perfect combination with the draperies used for sound enhancing and the speaker system. The center boasts of a high end speaker system and therefore all this when used in conjunction produce a mind-boggling 18000 watts of power emanating from the stellar performances. It gives the sound an unmatched groove that the audiences will remember for a long time to come. The theater also has top class stage-house that enhances the performances greatly.

The counterweight line sets are manually operated and boast a capacity of 1500 pound each. The forestage lift serves a lot of functions. It might be an orchestra pit platform and also doubles up as a main level seating arrangement for 58. It can also be an extension for the stage or used as an elevator between the heights of the stage and the pit. This center has the perfect blend of technology and art that is clearly reflected in the design aspect of this performing center. The lighting design that is used in this stage can be handled by any seasoned lighting designers. The design aids the lighting staff as the lighting grid offers easy access from both above and below which makes it easier for the team. The carefully planned fly system adds in the performance as sets and designs can be changed easily from one to another. The sound and communication system has a great degree of flexibility that allows itself to play host to any performance that can be conceived of.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, located just minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta in the Cobb Galleria area, is one of the newest performing arts venues in the Atlanta area. It opened in the fall of 2007, and quickly became the new performance home of the Atlanta Opera after they moved from the Atlanta Civic Center. The acoustics are exceptional, and there is not a bad seat in the house.

The core of the Performing Arts Centre is the striking John A. Williams Theatre. The theatre seats 2,750 people on three levels: orchestra, mezzanine, and grand tier. It was specially designed to attract touring Broadway productions. The orchestra pit is large enough to hold 84 musicians, and there is plenty of room backstage to store scenery. The Gas South Broadway Series will present several touring shows at the theatre during the 2010-11 season. Their presentations range from touring productions of musicals such as Oklahoma! and A Chorus Line, to a Cirque Dreams holiday show. In addition to the Atlanta Opera, the Performing Arts Centre is also used by the Atlanta Ballet for several of their productions every year. Many top name performers from a variety of musical genres have also performed there.

The outside of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is striking and futuristic looking. It sits on a hill with a view south toward the Atlanta skyline. The soaring main entrance contains an impressive alabaster staircase and massive contemporary chandeliers made of Murano glass. The top of the building is asymmetrical and appears to be three giant gray metallic waves.

In addition to the theatre, the Performing Arts Centre contains the 10,000 square foot Kessel D. Sterling, Jr. Ballroom. This facility can be rented for special events such as weddings, conventions, banquets, corporate events, and gala balls. The onsite full service catering and fine dining services can provide everything necessary to host dinner parties, receptions, and buffets. The executive chef is M.G. Farris. The Cobb Energy Centre’s kitchens also oversee all of the concessions for the theatre.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is an easy venue to get to in Atlanta. It is located on Cobb Galleria Parkway, close to the intersection of I-75 and I-275. There is plenty of parking available in the parking garage and surrounding lots. A number of excellent restaurants are located nearby. It is an outstanding venue in which to enjoy a performance of any kind.

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