Noted Producer/Director Leads Nashville Symphony to Ratings History with World-Class High Definition Broadcast Premiere

(Nashville, TN) Music City has shattered national PBS ratings and taken the world stage by storm with the Nashville Symphony's historic LIVE Public Television broadcast of its Gala Opening Night concert, directed and produced by Robert Swope. The critically acclaimed production executive teamed up with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Public Television, and BellSouth for the High Definition production which aired live this month on PBS stations in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cookeville, and Martin. The program, titled One Symphony Place: A World Premiere Live from Music City, was the premiere HD broadcast for local public television affiliates pulling a 3.7 / 7 share of the market. It is set to air nationwide on PBS stations on December 20th.

Swope, President/CEO of Sunrise Entertainment, designed and built a completely remote High Definition aerial camera skate featuring a Sony HD300 camera, Cannon lens and 3-G Wireless Systems transmitter to capture all the magical moments of the sold-out affair which aired earlier this month, and was more than 2 years in the making. The hand made flying camera system, named the S-Cam, is controlled via an RF airplane controller from a remote location. A total of 18 cameras were used for the telecast, including 10 High Definition mini-medical cameras (only 12 exist worldwide). The extraordinary producer/director also filmed the day-to-day formation of the state-of-the-art facility which cost $123.5 million dollars to build.

Inspired by the greatest concert halls across the globe, the 1,870-seat hall was designed to be an acoustic masterpiece. The interior spaces are finished in Brazilian cherry and native hickory woods. The Laura Turner Concert Hall (the main performance area) features a custom-built 3,600-pipe concert organ, natural interior lighting, and an innovative convertible seating system that will transform the space to a 5,400 square foot flat floor for cabaret and pops presentations.

The highly anticipated Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be home to the Nashville Symphony, which plans to perform more than 100 classical, pops and special concert events each season.

Robert Swope is available for press interviews. To schedule a session or receive additional information, contact Kay Waggoner at (615) 327-0100. For details and career highlights, you can visit:

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