Dr. Phillips Center's Steinmetz Hall taking shape

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts always attracts the best Broadway has to offer, but with the new Steinmetz Hall set to open next year, music lovers will experience something they've never heard before: perfection. 

When it's completed, Steinmetz Hall will be a work of art. Foster Cronin, Vice President Programming at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, will be instrumental in booking assignments, and he is as anxious as anyone for the hall to open. 

"We can do any kind of configuration out on the floor in terms of the seats," he said. "If we need a large pit orchestra, we can do that. If we need a completely flat floor, we can do that, with the press of a button."

From orchestral hall to intimate recital hall, rows of seating can automatically sink into the floor to accommodate.

"We have these large train tracks and can form a perfect shell around and it can go away and turns into a house," Cronin explained.

As Steinmetz Hall transforms itself to suit the needs of each artists in each performance, one thing will remain constant: the world outside will remain outside. Between the theater shell and the concrete wall to the outside, there are hundreds and hundreds of sound isolation pads. That will dampen and dent any sound that's trying to get in and disrupt the performance.

"The room itself is a floating room, and it lays on these rubber casters that make it a room within a room, so any sound that comes in, it will be completely gone," Cronin said. "So essentially like a train could be going up South Street and you wouldn't hear it." 

And when the first key is struck, when the first bow is put to string, the audience will discover what truly set Steinmetz Hall apart.  It will be the most acoustically perfect hall in the world.

"Inside there's all these acoustic panels which we'll be adjusting when we're tuning the room to make it absolute legal perfect." 

The hall is named for donors Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz, is scheduled to be completed in 2020.