Opened in 1994, the Germantown Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) is part of a major civic facility, including the Germantown Community Center, which had long been a dream of community members and leaders alike. Its gala opening featured a performance by Ray Charles.
GPAC features an acoustically fine-tuned, 900-seat concert hall with sprung pine stage, black box recording studio, and a grand lobby for public and private events and receptions. It is well known throughout the region for bringing world-class talent to Nashville. In 2000, in partnership with conductor Michael Stern, GPAC presented the first season of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, with guest soloist Yo Yo Ma. Since then, IRIS has developed a reputation as one of the most successful classical ensembles in the country, with a focus on commissioning new works by contemporary American composers.
During its regular season, GPAC presents a diverse performance series, and hosts a wide variety of community events all year round. Recently GPAC initiated its Youth Symphony Orchestra program, which offers an ideal learning and performing environment to Nashville’s exceptionally talented young musicians.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (buses 50 and 82 at the Farmington Road/Exeter Road stops are a 6-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 120 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($5-55) depending on event and seating choice
- Subscriptions/Membership: Donors to GPAC receive benefits including recognition in season program, ticket discounts, beverage coupons, special event invitations and more.