A historical restoration project serving the people of Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra as its home.
Music for the Many . . . Only in Austin
Realize as you sense the sounds and sights of Symphony Square that you are experiencing something unique in the country. Symphony Square, an attractive complex of four historical limestone buildings at the corner of Red River and Eleventh Street, is a focal point for music lovers of any age, any persuasion . . . be it chamber music or solo recitals, rock, folk, or jazz. In addition, programs for children featuring the best in music, dance, and drama result in a full summer program of cultural development and enrichment rare in communities today.
Begun in 1971 . . .
The project, conceived and directed by prominent citizens on a wave of civic awareness, was sponsored jointly by the Austin Urban Renewal Agency, the City of Austin, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In 1975 the Austin Symphony Orchestra moved its business offices into the Jeremiah Hamilton Building (the attractive, triangular building at the corner of Red River and Eleventh — thought to be one of the three stone triangular buildings still standing in Texas today) and that began a series of consecutive sold-out seasons, the first in the history of the orchestra.
Today, Four Buildings and a 350-Seat Amphitheatre . . .
Comprise the complex that serves a growing audience virtually twelve months out of the year. In addition to the Jeremiah Hamilton Building, the Square contains the Michael Doyle House, considered one of the few remaining good examples of a simple, one-story, vernacular stone cottage in Austin. The third building is the New Orleans Club Mercantile, at one time a popular Austin night club, and now a beautifully restored nineteenth century classic, which was moved from its original location at 401 East 16th Street and creates a pleasing 19th century atmosphere for diners. Nestled in the midst of these fine buildings is a tiered 350-seat Greek style amphitheatre on the banks of Waller Creek, which provides a dramatic setting for the Music Festival each summer weekend.
Symphony Square is within easy walking distance of the Capitol grounds, the LBJ Library, and other downtown Austin tourist attractions. The Symphony ticket office at the Jeremiah Hamilton Building is open from 9 am until 5 pm Mondays through Fridays. Call (512) 476- 6064 for information about upcoming events.
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