The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, abbreviated as TPAC, is a busy private nonprofit firm that is dedicated to providing and supporting presentation of different performing arts in Tennessee.
The History of TPAC
The genesis for the development of a large scale performing arts center dates back to 1972 Martha Ingram proposed the development of a large arts center in Nashville, her home city, when she served in the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts located in the heart of Washington DC. After eight years of considerable resistance and political pressure, her dream finally came through when the TPAC, a three-theater center was opened across from Tennessee State Capital. It was immediately dubbed as the premier theater venue for the State of Tennessee.
TPAC occupies the entire city block from the 5th and 6th Avenues North as well as the Union and Deaderick Streets. TPAC is eclectic, housing all the huge performances in the city and the Tennessee State Museum. It also adjoins the James K. Polk State Office Building that stands tall at 18 stories. The performing center has a series of Broadway shows and several special engagements. It also administers the country’s comprehensive academic program for arts students from all walks of life.
PTAC has four major stages for performance including the Nashville Opera, Nashville Ballet, HCA/TriStar Health Broadway and the Nashville Repertory Center. This giant arts center was built after an endowment of more than $4 million was championed by Martha Ingram. Before dedication of the TPAC in September 1980, the legislature of the state decided to create the TPAC Management Corporation that was charged with overseeing the running of the private publish partnership.
It is recorded that during the first season after the grand opening of the TPAC, 119 performances were presented and a total of 84,000 viewers came to watch and be entertained in the first year. TPAC has a total of four performance venues: Andrew Jackson Hall with 2,472 seats, the War Memorial Auditorium with 1,661 seats, the James K. Polk Theater with 1,075 seats and the Andrew Johnson Theatre with 288 seats.
Currently, TPAC is always booked always to capacity. It houses more than 500 performances that are attended by more than half a million members of the audience. The budget of TPAC alongside all its resident groups now is in the excess of $20 million and the endowment of $4 million that laid the foundation for this historic arts center has now grown to more than $21 million. An estimated 75,000 teachers and students now participate in different programs organized under TPAC Education every year.
It also serves as a wide range of rental clients including schools, artists, corporations, and dance recitals that have traveled their way to national and global fame. Most concerts and performances recorded in TPAC are streamed over the internet and others sold in thousands of copies throughout the world. TPAC is a relaxation center for several people working in Nashville and its environs as well as people hailing from the neighboring towns. It creates jobs for hundreds of people, generates a lot of revenue for the economy and keeps Nashville on the global map.
Upcoming Season Events
TPAC’s season normally starts in July 1st and ends on June 30th of the subsequent year. The current season has numerous events in place. The auditorium is busiest during the Christmas season, during summer holidays and school holidays when children are back at home to visit their parents. Many shows are held during the weekends with a few more being held during weekdays especially through special arrangements which are common with schools and institutions.
Several shows will be showing up during the holiday season including the Randy Rogers Band, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, A Christmas Story, Regions Free Days, From Crack to Christ, The Buzz Swanky Sweater Christmas, Nashville’s Nutcracker, It’s a Wonderful Life, Matt Wertz’s Snow Globe, Glitter and Bling, A John Waters’ Christmas, Home Free, City and Color with Bahamas and Moon Taxi. At the commencement of 2016 we shall have It’s Who You Know, LookIn, Ron White, Cosi fan Tutte, Matilda the Musical, Arts Appetizer, Rebelution, LookIn, Star Trek, Rodney Carrington, Yanni, Good Monsters, Attitude, Judah and the Lion, Motown the Musical, Celtic Woman, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Die Fledermaus, Alton Brown, A Night with Janis Joplin, Carmina Burana, Mamma Mia, Degas and the Little Dancer, The Bridges of Madison County, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, If/Then, See Jane Sing and Valet Parking Vouchers among others.
Book your place today and treat yourself to a fun-filled season!