Merriweather Post Pavilion, designed by world-renowned architect,
Frank Gehry, opened in 1967 and
was immediately heralded as an architectural success.
Beyond simply being a marvelous structure placed
in a beautiful natural setting, Merriweather was
praised for its sound quality as well.
its heyday, Merriweather played host to several
dozen shows each year, with acts ranging from symphonies
to ballets to plays to popular musicians. Though
it fell on some hard times in the mid-1990s, with
the annual number of shows decreasing and a lack
of investment and upkeep in the site, Merriweather
rebounded in 2004 with the help of IMP Productions,
its current managers.
devoted considerable resources to improving the
grounds, for which they have received unqualified
praise, and the schedule this year was healthier
than any in recent past.
summer of 2004 showed doubters that Merriweather
is still a viable concert venue and can certainly
be successful and profitable. Moreover, a report
issued by the consultants hired by Howard County
to study Merriweather concluded that the pavilion
is financially solvent and should remain an outdoor