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NYO-USA: Tour Venues

After performing at Carnegie Hall and The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, SUNY, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America will embark on a concert tour of Europe this July. The orchestra, which assembles the brightest young musicians from the US, will perform at four of the leading venues in Europe. The young talents of NYO-USA thus join the ranks of major American and European orchestras who appear at these preeminent performing arts centers. 

NYO Venues 2016: Royal Concertgebouw exterior
Photo: Aseem Khurana

Royal Concertgebouw

July 21 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Completed in 1886
Adolf Leonard “Dolf” van Gendt, Architect

In 1881, six prominent and philanthropic Amsterdam citizens decided to give their beloved city a concert hall that would be located in the fields of Nieuwer-Amstel, a pasture just outside of town. Although considered by his family to lack musical talent, architect Dolf van Gendt successfully created one of the most renowned acoustic environments in the world—the Royal Concertgebouw. Three concert halls sit within the Concertgebouw: the Main Hall, the Recital Hall, and the recently opened Choir Hall. NYO-USA will be playing in the Main Hall, the largest of the three. In 1972, the Concertgebouw became a protected monument, undergoing renovations from 1985–1988 that included the addition of a new wing.

NYO Venues 2016: Royal Concertgebouw interior
Photo: Fred George

NYO Venues 2016: Opera Berlioz exterior

Opéra Berlioz

July 22 | Montpellier, France

Completed in 1988
Claude Vasconi, Architect

Opéra Berlioz is located within the Corum, a building comprising a conference center and the opera house. Built of pink granite and metal, the Corum has a moving wooden ceiling that allows the capacity of the auditorium to range from 800 to 2,000 seats. The Corum is situated at the end of the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, a small park that connects Opéra Berlioz to the Place de la Comédie, a main focal point of the city of Montpellier.

NYO Venues 2016: Opera Berlioz interior
Photo: Marc Ginot

NYO Venues 2016: Tivoli Hall exterior
Photo: Adam Mørk

Tivoli Concert Hall

July 24 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Completed in 1956
Frits Schlegel and Hans Hansen, Architects

The Tivoli Concert Hall is part of the Tivoli Gardens, which opened in 1843 and remains the second-oldest amusement park in operation in the world. During World War II, the original Concert Hall of 1902 was destroyed. The Glass Hall Theatre was a temporary location until 1956 when the new hall opened. It is now Scandinavia’s largest concert hall with 1,660 seats. The 2005 renovations included a new rotunda and a large rehearsal room, Lumbye Hall.

NYO Venues 2016: Tivoli Hall interior
Photo: 3XN

NYO Venues 2016: Smetana Hall exterior
Photo: Hans Peter Schaefer

Smetana Hall

July 25 | Prague, Czech Republic

Completed in 1912
Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek, Architects

Smetana Hall, named for Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, is located within the Municipal House of Prague. This Art Nouveau–style building was constructed between 1905 and 1912, and houses a concert hall, ballroom, civic building, and many cafes and restaurants. Smetana Hall is the largest section of the Municipal House and has many interior features dedicated to prominent Czech composers. In addition to the mural paintings and the glass dome, stucco sculptures by Ladislav Šaloun that commemorate Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and Smetana’s Vyšehrad sit alongside the stage.

NYO Venues 2016: Smetana Hall interior

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