It doesn’t mater what type of music you’re into. We all share a deep, almost esoteric love of music. I enjoy acoustic, rock, and punk, but even I have a soft heart for gorgeous music halls.
Carnegie hall is one of the most recognized names in the music world. It was designed under the order of Andrew Carnegie and opened 1891, just two blocks south of Central Park. Catering to both classical and popular music, Carnegie was renowned for it’s superb jazz artists. Later, however, it saw the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and more recently, Band of Horses.
Stunning. Ethereal. Steel curves that seem to ebb and flow with the very soul of music itself. This is what the architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, in downtown Los Angeles, brings to mind. Frank Gehry designed it to not only be the most aurally sophisticated music hall, but visually inclusive as well.
Then you have the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. It protrudes from the harbor as though to proclaim it is the new frontier in the performing arts, setting out against the horizon like the sails of a ship, claiming it’s spot in the world. Not only a World Heritage site, it hosts over seven million visitors each year.
Much older is the Metropolitan Opera House, founded in 1880. It is located on Broadway, in New York’s Upper West Side. However, it is ever so young compared to the Royal Opera House. Originally constructed in 1732 in Covent Garden, central London, it was first a playhouse. Later it grew to see ballet and was even chosen by Handel to debut his first season of operas.
Many things have changed over the centuries, but one thing we can rely on is our continued preservation of music history and development in these, our concert halls.