Germany to have a new architectural and musical landmark: The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Located in the modern HafenCity area of Hamburg, on the banks of the Elbe River, the spectacular building designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron houses three concert halls, a large music education area, the Plaza – a 360° public viewing platform with views over the whole city from a height of 37 meters above ground level – and a hotel. The orchestra in residence, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, will perform two special opening concerts led by its chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock on January 11 and 12, 2017. The Grand Hall, the largest of three concert halls and the centerpiece of the Elbphilharmonie, sits 110 meters on top of the former Kaispeicher A, a historic warehouse that was previously used for storing tea, tobacco and cocoa. The dazzling new glass structure seats 2,100 at 50 meters above ground level, set in an acoustic environment designed by internationally acclaimed acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. With its spectacular

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