Ryman Auditorium

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Nashville TN, United States

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If the hallowed walls of the Ryman Auditorium could talk, the remarkable story they would tell is unmatched in entertainment history. Its construction is a tale of divine inspiration. In the 1880s, when prominent businessman and steamboat captain Thomas G. Ryman found salvation in the words of fiery evangelist Reverend Sam Jones, he vowed to build a great tabernacle that would project Rev. Jones’s voice clearly and powerfully for all to hear. Designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson in the Late Victorian Gothic Revival style popular at the time, Tom Ryman’s vision became a reality with the completion of the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. After his death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle would henceforth be known as the Ryman Auditorium in honor of the man who built the Nashville landmark.

As the largest structure in the area, the Ryman Auditorium soon became a popular place for community events, political rallies and popular turn-of the-century entertainment including operas, symphonies, bands, ballets and theatrical productions. In 1901, the Metropolitan Opera, for whom a stage was installed, put on special performances of Carmen and The Barber of Seville. Greats such as Ignacy Paderewski and Marian Anderson each performed five times at the Ryman during their long careers. John Philiip Sousa, Enrico Caruso, Ethel Barrymore, Roy Rogers, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Mae West and even president Theodore Roosevelt all graced the Ryman stage.

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Address
116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville TN 37219
United States
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Phone
(615) 889-3060
Web
www.ryman.com/

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Lord Huron
Leon BridgesConcert
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Nashville TN, United States
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Monday 11 May 2015
Tame ImpalaConcert Ryman Auditorium
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Saturday 16 May 2015
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Tuesday 21 July 2015
Reflection: The Summer Tour
Fifth Harmony, Natalie La Rose, Bea Miller, The Never EndingConcert
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Friday 7 August 2015
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Saturday 8 August 2015
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