The Elbphilharmonie – opening date January 11, 2017
Right on the waterfront of the river Elbe, on the western tip of the Hafen-City, Hamburg is building a new concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie. The glass structure is built upon the massive red brick construction of the former warehouse known as the Kaispeicher A and rises up to a height of 110 metres. The heart of the Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is the Grand Hall - a world-class concert hall with a seating capacity for 2,100 guests and a height of 50 metres, which will provide a spectacular stage for Hamburg's vibrant music scene and for stars from all over the world. Two smaller concert halls can be found in the Elbphilharmonie along with a hotel, a restaurant, 45 residential flats and a plaza with a 360° panorama view which is open to the public.
Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle - Two venues, one future
The concert business of both the future Elbphilharmonie and the renowned Laeiszhalle are under the direction of one company. Christoph Lieben-Seutter became its General and Artistic Director in 2007. Since the 2009/10 concert season he has also been responsible for the »Elbphilharmonie Konzerte« consisting of 120 concerts per year. This concert series takes place mostly in the Laeiszhalle, alongside the concerts of private concert promoters, as well as in many unusual locations in and around Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie Konzerte present a multi-faceted, modern, cosmopolitan programme, which leads its public into the future, anticipating the concert life of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Music City Hamburg. The NDR Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, will be the Orchestra in Residence of the Elbphilharmonie.
The official opening date of the Elbphilharmonie is January 11, 2017. From November 2016 on, the 4.000 square metre Plaza will already be open to the public. It offers an impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the city and the harbour at a height of 37 metres. If you wish to be regularly updated on all news concerning the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, please sign in for our newsletter »Ticket sale Elbphilharmonie« under www.elbphilharmonie.de/newsletter.
The HafenCity gains a new bridge. The new Mahatma Gandhi Bridge will provide two wide lanes for motor vehicles and a five metre wide sidewalk. Until the end of 2015 this may lead to traffic obstruction in the HafenCity. For further information please visit www.hafencitynews.de.
Video: A vision becomes real in virtual tour through the future concert hall
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