Culture Palace (Tel Aviv)

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Tel Aviv Culture Palace
Charles Bronfman Auditorium 2013 05 01.jpg
Former names Frederick R. Mann Auditorium
Location 2 Huberman street
Tel Aviv, Israel.
Coordinates 32°04′25″N 34°46′48″E / 32.073643°N 34.779974°E / 32.073643; 34.779974Coordinates: 32°04′25″N 34°46′48″E / 32.073643°N 34.779974°E / 32.073643; 34.779974
Type Concert hall
Seating type Reserved
Capacity 2,412
Construction
Opened 1957
Renovated 2011–13
Architect Dov Karmi, Zeev Rechter and Yaakov Rechter
Tenants
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


The Tel Aviv Culture Palace (Hebrew: היכל התרבות‎‎, Heichal Hatarbut) or Charles Bronfman Auditorium, (formerly the Frederick R. Mann Auditorium) is the biggest concert hall in Tel Aviv, Israel, and home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

History[edit]

The concert hall after renovation

It was opened in 1957 at Habima Square. Architects were Dov Karmi, Zeev Rechter and Yaakov Rechter. Leonard Bernstein conducted the inaugural concert, with the Israel Philharmonic and pianist Arthur Rubinstein, as a soloist. Until 2013, the palace was named Fredric R. Mann Auditorium, after the sponsor of the project.

From 2011 to 2013, the auditorium was thoroughly renovated under the supervision of Israeli architect Ofer Kolker. Responsible for the new acoustics was Japanese Yasuhisa Toyota. In May 2013, the reopening of the auditorium took place with Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony, performed by the Israel Philharmonic under their Music Director Zubin Mehta. Now the palace is called Charles Bronfman Auditorium, after Canadian / American businessman and philanthropist Charles Bronfman.

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