Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis)


Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis)

Orchestra Hall , located at Nicollet Mall and 12th Street in Minneapolis, United States, is home to the Minnesota Orchestra. The Hall was built in 1974 (along with the adjacent Peavey Plaza) and opened for the 1974 concert season. It is a major landmark of the southern portion of the Nicollet Mall and home to many events throughout the year in addition to the Orchestra's home base.

The auditorium seats approximately 2,500, seating 1,500 on the main floor. The remaining 1,000 seats are placed in three tiers above the main floor, and along the side of the hall. The auditorium is actually a second building separated (for acoustical reasons) by a one inch gap from the "shell" which contains the lobby and offices. The stage is unusual due to the large cube motif in the rear wall, which continues along the ceiling of the hall all the way to the back of the hall. The cubes were added for acoustic reasons (with great success), but turned out to be visually striking as well.cite book |last=Millett |first=Larry |authorlink=Larry Millett |title=AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul |year=2007 |publisher=Minnesota Historical Society Press |location= |isbn=0-87351-540-4 |pages=pg. 30] The great acoustical design has been attempted to be duplicated in many other concert halls.

Originally noted for its Modernist design, chosen to represent an orchestra for everyone, not what was then perceived to be the formal "elitist" designs of the past.cite book |last=Millett |first=Larry |authorlink=Larry Millett |title=AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul |year=2007 |publisher=Minnesota Historical Society Press |location= |isbn=0-87351-540-4 |pages=pg. 30] The exterior of the building is recognizable by its large, blue ventilation ducts. Their unusual size was chosen to reduce air velocity and hence noise. The lobby area's original "power plant" design was meant to remove tones of class and privilege from the symphony-going experience; it was upgraded in the late 1997 and includes several bars.cite book |last=Millett |first=Larry |authorlink=Larry Millett |title=AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul |year=2007 |publisher=Minnesota Historical Society Press |location= |isbn=0-87351-540-4 |pages=pg. 30] Expansive windows overlook the street.

In April 2007, it was announced that the hall would be undergoing a multi-million renovation. [ [http://www.twincities.com/searchresults/ci_5789089?nclick_check=1/ "What Sounds Great at Orchestra Hall? A $90m Facelift" St. Paul Pioneer Press, 30 April 2007.] ] This renovation will have heavy emphasis on the lobby and patron areas.

Built in 1975, Peavey Plaza was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg who also designed the Loring Greenway. The plaza which holds an amphitheater and water fountain is considered one of the endangered historic properties in Minnesota. [cite news|author=Metzger, Michael|title=Peavey Plaza makes list of endangered historic sites|url=http://www.minnpost.com/michaelmetzger/2008/05/01/1704/peavey_plaza_makes_list_of_endangered_historic_sites|work=MinnPost.com|publisher=MinnPost|date=May 1, 2008|accessdate=2008-05-01] [cite news|author=Bruch, Michelle|title=Peavey Plaza on list of endangered historic places|url=http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?&story=11466&page=65&category=54|date=May 1, 2008|work=Downtown Journal|publisher=Minnesota Premier Publications|accessdate=2008-05-01]

ee also

* List of concert halls

References

External links

* [http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/orchestra_hall/more.cfm Orchestra Hall] from the Minnesota Orchestra's website


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