Europe isn’t the only nexus for prestigious music performance venues. North America has plenty of its own. These well-established and revered shrines to Orpheus dot our continent and host some of the most celebrated names in the performing arts.
Let’s get to know some of the most prestigious musical performance venues in North America and discover what our continent offers lovers of great music.
Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.
Everyone who loves music knows that acoustics matter. The way music venues are built is a key component of the concert experience, allowing sound to be harnessed in the venue and showcased to its most stunning advantage.
Designed by Harvard University physics professor Wallace Clement Sabine, the venue’s acoustics are legendary. That’s entirely down to the scientific rigor applied by Sabine in his design. By recording precise measurements following the laws of physics, Sabine created an environment which is still considered one of the world’s best for classical music.
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.
Built in celebration of the Mexican War of Independence’s Centennial in 1910, this venue stands as the most important in the nation. Originally begun by Adamo Boari in 1904, difficulties concerning the foundations arose. These, coupled with turmoil incited by the Mexican Revolution, halted construction until 1932, when Mexican architect Francisco Mariscal took up the mammoth project.
Visitors to the Palacio de Bellas Artes can enjoy the exceptional artistry of the National Folkloric Ballet of Mexico, as well as the murals of Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. Three distinct styles of architecture converge here – neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco, creating an impressive historical edifice that delights visitors.
Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY.
For all the diversity of the great musical venues of North America, Carnegie Hall continues to stand above all the rest as the most iconic. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Carnegie Hall was conceived and created by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891.
To this day, Carnegie Hall is world-renowned as one of the most prestigious musical performance venues in the world, for both classical and popular music styles. Music students keen to earn their performance chops should heed the words of Mischa Elman. On his way from a rehearsal in the venue, a tourist asked him how to get inside. Elman drily replied, “Practice”.
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada.
The upstart youngster of our selection of the most prestigious musical performance venues in North America, Roy Thomson Hall was designed by the famous Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, with the collaboration of the Mathers and Haldenby firm.
Uniquely conceived, the building is a striking Toronto landmark, providing a precursor to the work of the renowned Frank Gehry (also of Canada). This extraordinary building is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto’s Mendelssohn Choir. Its acoustics is originally a source of complaint for resident musicians, but this factor was corrected with extensive renovations in 2002.
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