Orchestra Hall, one of Minnesota’s cultural and architectural touchstones, opened in 1974 as the home of the Minnesota Orchestra, and has since drawn upwards of 10 million people to its concerts. Designed by architect Hugh Hardy, the venue is known for its modernist design.
A Superb Acoustic Experience
Located on the recently revitalized Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall is also renowned for its acoustics, which were originally designed by Cyril M. Harris. Each feature was planned to enhance the warmth and richness of sound in the space, providing a superb aural experience. The Hall’s signature architectural features include 114 large cubes that form a symmetrical “falling rock” pattern on the auditorium’s ceiling and the stage’s back wall, dispersing sound throughout the auditorium.
A Major Renovation
A major renovation of Orchestra Hall, designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects and built by Minneapolis-based Mortenson, was completed in 2014.
Improvements for Musicians and Audiences
The new and upgraded spaces include greatly expanded public gathering spaces, updated backstage facilities for musicians, a refreshed auditorium that maintains the original acoustics for orchestral performances, improved access for people with disabilities, an improved sound system for amplified performances, new and more comfortable seating, and other enhancements to improve the concert-going experience.
Any performing-arts organization exists to serve the magic that happens in the hall. But what happens in the lobby can be just as important...The Minnesota Orchestra proved this with the recent renewal of its Orchestra Hall...[with] civic spaces that have...created valuable community outreach.”
A Greener Orchestra Hall
In 2019, Orchestra Hall became the first performing arts center in the U.S. to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v4 O+M Silver certification, attesting that the building is greener, cleaner and more energy-efficient than before.
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Orchestra Hall provides a stunning backdrop for your next corporate conference, seminar, performance or gathering. No matter the size or style of your event, Orchestra Hall has the perfect space for you.