The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened to great fanfare in 1989. It was an architectural and acoustic accomplishment made possible by Ross Perot Sr., who named the building after his business partner. The Meyerson is best known as the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Dallas Wind Symphony.
Pritzker Prize Laureate and world-renowned architect I.M. Pei worked closely with acoustician Russell Johnson on this world-class facility. The Meyerson’s concert hall features a system of wooden canopies above the stage that can be raised and lowered to adjust the sound depending on the performance. But perhaps the crown jewel of the concert hall is the enormous Lay Family Concert Organ that extends up the wall behind the stage, nearly touching the ceiling. The organ, which debuted at the Meyerson in September 1992, pumps plenty of majestic notes through its 4,535 interior and exterior pipes.
The center has two buffet restaurants; Opus offers a fine dining menu with a la carte options in the West Lobby, while Allegro serves more casual cuisine. Free hour-long tours of the Meyerson are available year round on select Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1 pm.