When a new concert hall becomes a tourist attraction

Posted on: October 30, 2017

“It’s been less than a year since the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s most recent large-scale project, but the elaborate concert venue has clearly been a big hit already,” states an unsigned article on Thursday’s (10/26) The Local (Germany). “The Elbphilharmonie, which is named after the Elbe river, opened on November 4th last year and has since welcomed 4 million visitors, making it an instantly popular tourist attraction. It has taken in up to 17,000 guests a day, with people from all over the world streaming in to attend concerts or just have a look around the distinctive building. In total, more than 62,000 people have thus far taken a tour of the building and 660,000 people have attended” performances in multiple musical genres. “The huge complex, with its distinctive wave-like roof, houses two concert halls, a hotel and a restaurant, as well as residential apartments for permanent guests.” The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester is the resident orchestra at the concert hall. Thomas Hengelbrock is the orchestra’s music director; he will be succeeded in the 2019-20 season by American conductor Alan Gilbert.

Posted October 30, 2017