When the new Concert Hall was opened on 28 April 2017, a new era began in Dresden’s music life, in particular for the Dresden Philharmonic. For the first time in its 150-year history, the orchestra is domiciled in a concert hall that truly does justice to the qualities of this top-class orchestra, a hall with outstanding architecture and first-class acoustics.
Besides their own orchestra concerts, the Dresden Philharmonic also hosts concerts with jazz and world music stars in the new hall. And on up to 100 evenings a year, it offers other genres, such as musical, film music, ballet, pop and much more. From "Phantom of the Opera" to the Ten Tenors, from Max Raabe to Hansi Hinterseer, there’s something for everyone.
The hall was designed and realised by the renowned architectural office Gerkan, Marg and Partner. With their outstanding expertise, the architects, collaborating closely with the Dutch acoustic engineering consultants Peutz, developed a room that makes optimal use of the conditions of the listed historical building: it combines elements of vineyard and shoebox architecture, and, with 21,500 sq. m. room volume, is of similar size to its “sisters”, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. The stage, 210 m2 in size, has lifting podiums; a specially designed plafond ensures that the musicians can hear each other perfectly. There are seats for a total of 1,754 visitors in the stalls and the two circles.
For the Dresden Philharmonic and their guests, the backstage area is also of vital importance – after all, in the broadest sense it serves to perfectly prepare for every concert. With a choir rehearsal hall, artists’ dressing rooms, tuning rooms, a musicians’ foyer with a café and numerous offices, it provides a contemporary backdrop for the operations of the Concert Hall.
For the Dresden Philharmonic, this hall is the resonance space of their special “Dresden sound”.