Since its grand reopening in 1994, the Ryman Auditorium has won numerous honors and awards, most recently the prestigious Pollstar Concert Industry Award for "Theatre of the Year." Selected from a list of nominees that included New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Ryman is the smallest and oldest venue ever to win this coveted recognition. Ryman General Manager Pam Matthews, pictured, accepted the award at a ceremony in Hollywood in February.
Originally built as a church in 1892, the Ryman was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, earning it world-wide renown as the Mother Church of Country Music. In 1974, the Opry moved and the Ryman was vacant for the next 20 years. In 1994, it was restored and reopened with great fanfare as a national showplace.Since then, numerous artists, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Faith Hill and many others have performed inside this legendary landmark.
This year, the 10th Anniversary of its restoration and reopening, the Ryman will celebrate with concerts in September, October, November and December. For tickets visit the Ryman Box Office web site, Ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 255-9600.