Construction Underway on St. Petersburg's Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall

Classic Arts News   Construction Underway on St. Petersburg's Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall
Construction is finally going full steam ahead on St. Petersburg's Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, which is being renovated for the first time in fifty years.

The St. Petersburg Times reports that both halls in the venue, the Shostakovich Philharmonic Grand Hall and the Glinka Philharmonic Chamber Hall, will be fully renovated. (The last reconstruction of the Shostakovich Philharmonic took place in 1957, and was only partial.)

The interior, including seats, chandeliers and pillars, will be touched up, while new sound engineering equipment will be implemented. Lighting, heating and electricity systems will also be modernized. The 1957 repairs were widely criticized for allegedly worsening acoustics in the Grand Hall, according to the paper.

The Shostakovich Philharmonic Grand Hall is due to reopen in May, while the Glinka Philharmonic Chamber Hall is scheduled to re-open in January.

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, which performs in the hall, often led by chief conductor Yuri Termirkanov, has decamped to the State Academic Capella and the Hermitage Museum for the duration of the renovations.

The Philharmonic's local concerts have been reduced as a result, but the orchestra will be touring more extensively both in Russia and abroad during the renovation.

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