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RYMAN_040611_01.JPG: This is the Ryman Auditorium. From 1943 to 1974, it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry and as such is seen as the "Mother Church of Country Music." Built in 1892, the building was named for Captain Tom Ryman, a wealthy riverboat captain. He had a religious conversion at a tent meeting and decided to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle here. That name is still on the side of the building. Given its excellent acoustics and large seating capacity, it was the scene of major concerts of the day by the likes of Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, and WC Fields. Now owned by Gaylord Entertainment Company (which owns so many venues in Nashville including Opryland), it still has some concerts. Signs indicated that Keb Mo, who's not exactly country music, was appearing there later in the month.
RYMAN_040613_31.JPG: Nashville; Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892 for religious revivals. It moved on to become a first-rate performance hall, featuring Enrico Caruso, John Philip Sousa, Charlie Chaplin, Gene Autry, Will Rogers, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Mae West, Sarah Bernhardt, W.C. Fields, Katharine Hepburn, etc.
In 1943, the Grand Ole Opry took up residence in the auditorium. For thirty-one years, weekly Opry performances by famous country musicians solidified this and Nashville as the capitol of country music.
In 1974, the Opry moved to nearby Opryland. Performances still occur at the Ryman, including a bluegrass series.
Wikipedia Description: Ryman Auditorium
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Ryman Auditorium (formerly Grand Ole Opry House and Union Gospel Tabernacle) is a 2,362-seat live performance venue, located at 116 5th Avenue North, in Nashville, Tennessee and is best known as the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry. It is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
The auditorium first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman (1843–1904), a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman who owned several saloons. Ryman conceived of the auditorium as a tabernacle for the influential revivalist Samuel Porter Jones. After Ryman's death, the Tabernacle was renamed Ryman Auditorium in his honor. Architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson designed the structure.
It was used for Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from 1943 until 1974, when the Opry built a larger venue just outside Nashville at the Opryland USA theme park. (In an effort to maintain continuity with the Opry's storied past, a large circle was cut from the floor of the Ryman stage and inlaid into the center of the new Opry stage.) Even when the Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium in 1974, fans still continued to visit, see the famous stage, take photographs and buy souvenirs, and major motion pictures continued to be filmed on location at the auditorium, including John Carpenter’s Elvis (1978), the Loretta Lynn Oscar-winning biopic, Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Sweet Dreams (1985) (the story of Patsy Cline), and Clint Eastwood’s Honkytonk Man (1982). In 1992 Emmylou Harris and her band, the Nash Ramblers, performed a series of concerts there (the results of which appeared on her album At the Ryman). The Harris concerts renewed interest in restoring the Ryman, and it was reopened as an intimate performance venue and museum in 1994. Audiences at the Ryman find themselves sitting in pews, the 1994 renovation notwithstanding. The seating is a reminder of the auditorium's origins as ...More...
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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