Minnesota Orchestra shares Orchestra Hall renovation plans

Minnesota Orchestra shares Orchestra Hall renovation plans
Orchestra Hall image by KPMB Architects

One of Minneapolis's most stately music venues, Orchestra Hall, is currently getting a much needed modern face-lift, as the exterior of the hall is undergoing a major $50 million renovation that should be finished sometime in 2013. While the changes to the interior and the glorious auditorium itself will be far more subtle, the outside of the 38-year-old Orchestra Hall is getting a fresh, exciting upgrade that will boldly bring the aging building into the 21st Century while anchoring the corner of 11th Street and Nicollet Mall well into the future.

The most prominent residents of Orchestra Hall, the esteemed Minnesota Orchestra, has just released a video that documents the changes and upgrades that are currently underway at their distinctive home, giving longtime supporters a vivid idea of what the renovations will look like when they are complete.

And the results appear to be quite stunning, with Orchestra Hall getting a regal, contemporary look while also creating a warm, inviting venue and destination for music lovers of all types.

During construction, the temporary home for the Minnesota Orchestra for Sommerfest 2012 and their Future Classics program in January 2013 is the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus, a venue featuring superb acoustics for symphonic, chamber and voice performances. Even if Sunday's Big Gig didn't make it, you can bet that some non-orchestral groups will take advantage of this space eventually.

If you want to keep up to date with the construction at Orchestra Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra has set up an interesting construction blog, which provides an in-depth glimpse of what is happening both inside and out at Orchestra Hall.

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