L’Auditori Barcelona, which opened its doors in March 1999, is the most recent musical space in Barcelona, and is home to the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, the Banda Municipal de Barcelona and to the Museu de la Música.
In its role as a national institution, L’Auditori aims to present Catalonia and Barcelona to the world through its own musical programme, which is stable and integrative. The wide social reach of its programming is made complete by an educational service aimed at all publics, defending the accessibility to culture by leading the programme Apropa Cultura.
L’Auditori is the first hall in all Spain that, since December 2007, forms part of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), the most important concert hall association of Europe.
The Auditori is a modern building of 42,000 square metres designed by the architect Rafael Moneo, opened on 22nd March 1999. It is in the centre of the new pole of urban development of plaça de les Glòries, which brings together the three widest and longest avenues in the city (Diagonal, Gran Via and Meridiana) near the old centre of the city, its ‘Avenue’, next to the National Theatre, Glòries junction, the opening of the Diagonal on to the sea, district 22@ and the Forum area.
The building combines sober external modernity with Sala 1 Pau Casals for 2,200 spectators, Sala 2 Oriol Martorell, with 600 places, Sala 3 Tete Montoliu with 400 places and the newly opened Sala 4 Alicia de Larrocha, with 152 seats. In the central access atrium, a monumental cubic glass light has been built in the shape of an impluvium, decorated with sketched paintings by Pablo Palazuelo. The acoustics of the halls has been carefully studied within the project by the specialised engineer Higini Arau.
In the same musical complex, there are the centres of the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and the Museu de la Música. This makes the Auditori a focus of musical life in the city in the different fields of divulgation, teaching and research.
In March 2007, the Museu de la Música opened its doors to the public in the Auditori with a brand-new display of its instrument collections and musical documents.
The new permanent exhibition gathers nearly five-hundred instruments from various periods and cultures, a collection that is considered one of the most important in Spain. Structured into various fields and with audiovisual materials −music, images and text− the Museu de la Música invites visitors to acquaint themselves with the world of music in a direct and experiential way and to discover how throughout history, humankind has used music as a vehicle for communication and expression.
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