Athens Concert Hall

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The Athens Concert Hall as seen from Vasilissis Sofias Avenue.

The Athens Concert Hall (Greek: Μέγαρον Μουσικής Αθηνών, Mégaron Mousikis Athinon) is a concert hall located in Athens, on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue.

The Hall was inaugurated in 1991 with two halls. Since then it has been augmented with two more halls and now has a total of four: two large and two smaller ones. The Hall has optimal facilities for opera performances, and some operas are presented every season.

The Megaro Moussikis station of the Athens Metro is just outside the Hall, on Line 3.

The design of the 8,000 square meters floor was performed by Christopher Alexander; the process of designing and laying the floor and its result are described in his work The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe.[1]

Performance venues and other facilities[edit]

  • The Christos Lambrakis Hall (named after the ex-president of the "Friends of Music" Society, Christos Lambrakis, and previously called "Friends of Music" Hall) was designed by Heinrich Keilholz whose plan was alternated later to its existing by Helias Skourbelos architect and the acoustics were enhanced by Theodore Timagenis. It has a capacity of 1,961, and is used for concerts and recitals. It also holds the biggest pipe organ in Greece, with 6,080 pipes, constructed by Klais Orgelbau.

In 2004 the International Conference Centre opened at the Athens Concert Hall, adding the

  • The Alexandra Trianti Hall (named after lieder singer Alexándra Triántē), which has a capacity of 1,750 and is used for operas, ballet and other musical performances,
  • The Nikos Skalkottas Hall (named after composer Nikos Skalkottas), a smaller hall for concerts and conferences, and
  • The Lilian Voudouri Music Library of Greece, established in 1995. It currently incorporates 126,000 titles and multimedia resources.

See also[edit]

List of concert halls

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, ISBN 0-9726529-0-6, see photo and description on page 264.

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Coordinates: 37°58′52″N 23°45′15″E / 37.98111°N 23.75417°E / 37.98111; 23.75417