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Orchestra Hall's Nelson Entrance and Target Atrium, adjacent to Peavey Plaza, are a hub of activities during the Minnesota Orchestra's Summer at Orchestra Hall season.

The state-of-the-art projection system in Orchestra Hall's auditorium is put to use during the Orchestra's popular Movies & Music series of cinema and live orchestral music.

The Hall's auditorium, famous for its "falling rock" configuration of acoustic cubes, seats a full house of 2,085 in a main floor and three balconies.

Orchestra Hall shares the 11th and Nicollet block with Peavey Plaza, the award-winning public space designed by M. Paul Friedberg that was recently revitalized with greater accessibility and restored water features.

Orchestra Hall's public gatherings spaces, greatly expanded during the 2013 renovation, include the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine and custom-fabricated ceiling light fixtures.

The Roberta Mann Grand Foyer, a centerpiece of Orchestra Hall's 2013 renovation, includes four levels used for pre- and post-concert experiences, several refreshment bars and the Spong Box Office.

In 2020, Orchestra Hall was named Best Venue for Concerts or Shows by the Unique Venues organization, an awards program that recognizes unique and beloved venues in the United States and Canada.

The first-ever public concert at Orchestra Hall in October 1974 was conducted by Music Director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the driving force behind the Hall's construction.

In its first 46 years, Orchestra Hall has hosted guest artists ranging from Aaron Copland to Maya Angelou to Yo-Yo Ma, shown here in 1984.

Architectural Touchstone

Orchestra Hall, one of Minnesota’s cultural and architectural touchstones, opened in 1974 as the home of the Minnesota Orchestra, and has since drawn upwards of 10 million people to its concerts. The Hall, located on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, is particularly renowned for its acoustics, originally designed by Cyril M. Harris. Each feature was planned to enhance the warmth and richness of sound in the space: the 100-plus large cubes that form a distinctive “falling rock” pattern on the auditorium ceiling, dispersing sound throughout the Hall; the wood floor and stage that enhance sound vibration; and the angle of the balconies, offering optimal reflection of sound. The acoustically-brilliant space provides a superb aural experience.

Throughout five decades, the Hall has been the musical home to five of the Orchestra’s ten music directors. With them the Orchestra has welcomed guest artists ranging from Aaron Copland to Yo-Yo Ma to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, celebrated the Orchestra’s centennial in 2003, introduced more than a million students to classical music at Young People’s Concerts, and hosted a variety of community concerts and events.

A Major Renovation

A major renovation, designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects and built by Mortenson Construction of Minnesota, was completed in fall 2013. The new and upgraded spaces include greatly expanded public gathering spaces, updated backstage facilities for musicians, a refreshed auditorium that maintains the original acoustics for orchestral performances, improved access for people with disabilities, an improved sound system for amplified performances, new and more comfortable seating, and other enhancements to improve the concert-going experience.

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Located in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall is one of Minnesota’s premier performing arts and special events venues. With our downtown setting, flawless service and personalized planning, we can easily turn your next event into a first-rate production.

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A Proud LEED-Certifited Facility

In 2019, Orchestra Hall became the first performing arts center in the U.S. to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v4 O+M Silver certification, attesting that the building is greener, cleaner and more energy-efficient than before.

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