Israel Philharmonic's Mann Auditorium to Undergo Renovation

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Mann Auditorium, the Israel Philharmonic's home in Tel Aviv, will undergo a $40 million renovation starting in August 2006, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The orchestra will perform in Cinerama Hall during the 2006-07 season and part of the 2007-08 season. Officials said at a press conference last week that they expected to move back to Mann Auditorium by December 2007.

The renovation will focus on the hall's acoustics. "We get extremely frustrated performing here after playing in halls around the world that are so much better acoustically," said music director Zubin Mehta.

The renovation is intended to make the acoustics less "dry" and to distribute sound more evenly. The interior of the hall will be transformed from a wide "fan" configuration to a "shoebox" shape. In addition, the number of seats will be reduced and the restrooms and cafeterias will be overhauled.

The IPO also announced its plans for the 2005-06 season. Highlights include visits from conductors Christoph von Dohnšnyi and Kurt Masur, violinists Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman, and baritone Thomas Quastoff.

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