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Concert Halls I Like – Part 1

September 12, 2010

  Wow – it’s been well over a week since the last time I posted anything.  Work has vomited its (thankfully temporary) craziness all over me, so maintaining sanity has become the overriding priority for the time being.  Oddly enough, focusing on the visual side of life has been a welcome reprieve within the recent reality.

So, this post is part 1 of what will probably be a few installments of concert halls I like (hence the imaginative title).  I wish I could say I’ve heard music in all of them, but I haven’t.  So forget any opinions based on acoustic worthiness – this is all about the looks.  The aesthetics of a concert hall are always crucial to the listening experience for me.  In some ways even more than the acoustics (my brain has no problem filling in any audio lack).  It’s like being presented a five-star dining menu with Dairy Queen decor.  Um, no thanks.

These concert halls would entrance my eyes:

concert hall tenerife
Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
(Architect: Santiago Calatrava Valls, 2003)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
(Architect: Frank Gehry, 2003)
Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
(Architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, 1908)

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver, Canada
(Architects: Bing Thom Architects, Artec Consultants, 1997)

Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
(Architect: Hans Scharoun, 1963)

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane, Australia
(Architect: Robin Gibson, 1985)

Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic
(Architects: Osvald Polívka, Antonín Balšánek, 1912)

Antonín Dvořák Concert and Congress Center, Budvar, Czech Republic
(Architects: Future Systems, in development)

L’Adresse Symphonique (working name), Montréal, Canada
(Architects: Diamond + Schmitt, SNC Lavalin and Aedifica Architects, projected opening 2011) 

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
(Architects: Herzog & de Meuron, projected opening 2012)

Stay tuned for the next installment…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristi Fuoco permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:18 am

    Thanks (from the Chan Centre) for the shout out! Have you ever been to a concert at the Chan?

    • September 13, 2010 8:50 pm

      I have. Philip Glass last April. The Chan was the perfect hall to experience him in. It made all the shades in his music glow.

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