OSM gets $105M concert hall

Montreal’s symphony orchestra (OSM) will be getting a 1,900-seat concert hall by 2011, Premier Jean Charest announced Tuesday.

The $105-million project is the Charest government’s first cultural public-private partnership.

The sixth concert hall at Place des Arts will be on the northeast corner of de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Saint-Urbain Street, and will raise to about 8,000 the number of seats in the whole facility.

The stage will be able to accommodate up to 200 singers and 120 musicians.

“The concert hall will boast some of the best acoustics in North America,” Charest said.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s current home, has often been criticized as lacking.

The concert hall will be smaller than the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, but will be used exclusively for classical music.

It’s about time! No architect as of yet, but there’s an acoustic engineer attached to the project.

(Full article here.)

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