15 Nov 2021

Three firsts and two reunions

During our tour in November, three venues are on the itinerary for the first time: the Musikhuset in Aarhus, the Malmö Live Konserthus and the Musikkens Hus in Aalborg. We present the three venues and also take a look at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rom.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021:

Musikhuset, Aarhus

The Musikhuset in Aarhus can welcome 3,600 guests, making it the largest concert hall in Scandinavia. It was built in 1982 by the local architectural firm Kjær & Richter and, after an extension in 2007, comprises a total of ten stages in six halls on an area of 35,000 square metres - in comparison: the Philharmonie has a floor area of 6,260 square metres! Every year, about one million visitors come to the more than 1,500 events, which include symphony concerts, pop and rock concerts, comedy, theatre, dance, musicals and opera, but also business events and conferences. We are impressed!

Wednesday, 17 November 2021:

Malmö Live Konserthus

One size bigger: Malmö Live is a 54,000 m² concert, congress and hotel complex at Universitetsholmen in Malmö, Sweden. The building consists of different elements, which are of different heights and twisted against each other to correspond with the buildings in the surrounding city. The complex is built like a small city in itself; the lobby, for example, functions as a street that runs through the entire ground floor and connects everything. The concert hall - home to the Malmö Symphony Orchestra - is made of oak wood and brass, which contributes to an intimate atmosphere and contrasts with the other interiors of the complex, which are in raw black concrete and stone.

Thursday, 18 November 2021:

Musikkenshus, Aalborg

The Musikkens Hus was built at the waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark, overlooking the waters of the Limfjord. It’s the musical hotspot of the region built by the internationally renowned architectural firm Coop Himmelb (l) au. Covering more than 20,000 m2, the building houses concert halls, catering facilities as well as teaching and administrative rooms. The water of the Limfjord served as inspiration: the furniture, windows and figures on the walls of the concert hall are shaped like amoebas, thus creating parallels to the Limfjord and its organisms. In addition to the aesthetic inspiration, the fjord also provides cooling for the air in the halls and foyer.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie, located in the Port of Hamburg, was built on a vacant brick warehouse from the 1960s. The glass wave with the publicly accessible observation deck has since become one of the landmarks of the Hanseatic city. This is the fifth concert for the Berliner Philharmoniker at the “Elphi”; we have been here before with Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev and in 2020 with Kirill Petrenko. And it certainly wasn’t the last time!

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Auditorium Parco della Musica Santa Cecilia

The auditorium fills a gap in Roman city life: The idea for a cultural centre was born on a formerly fallow site, which (re)vives the neighbourhood with its cultural programme, the concert halls, the open square in front of the building, the garden and its shops and restaurants. The Berliner Philharmoniker played here for the last time 17 years ago, two years after the opening, for two concerts with Sir Simon Rattle. By the way: the initial construction work had to be interrupted because the remains of an ancient Roman villa were found - these are now an integral part of the building ensemble.

Photos: Stephan Rabold