Photos: Tuning the new Ordway

Tuning the hall
The SPCO plays in the newly completed concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday.
Jeffrey Thompson / MPR News

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday moved one step closer to opening its newest space.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra held its first rehearsal in the 1,100-seat hall, part of a series of rehearsals and practice concerts that will let acoustician Paul Scarbrough fine-tune the sound of the space, which was built with intimate concerts in mind.

Throughout rehearsals this week, Scarbrough will adjust the sound by raising and lowering special curtains around the hall. He'll also work with musicians to adapt how they play to make best use of the hall's acoustics. It opens officially on Feb. 28.