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“Modern architecture and high-tech acoustics”

Helsinki Music Centre
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Sibelius Finland Live Music Experience at Helsinki National Hall
Ranked #54 of 282 things to do in Helsinki
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“Modern architecture and high-tech acoustics”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Helsinki's new Music House is one of the best places in Europe for music concerts...
If you get a chance to attend a concert there, I advise highly to take it.
It's right in front of the house of Parliament..

Visited November 2012
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“great centre but some seats in main hall are horrible”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

+ great architecture, fantastic acoustics, very unusual seating
- a lot of seats force you either behind a railing which you have to glimpse through (the ones high up) or block your view in general (if you sit behind the orchestra, e.g. in the first row) - be super careful which seats you book!

Visited March 2013
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Maria Alm, Austria
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“Fine music experience”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Being from Austria, we're pretty particular as far as classical music is concerned, but we were fully satisfied with our evening at the music centre on March 3, 2013, where the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, played Bach (Carl Philipp Emanuel), Paganini and Nielsen. Violin soloist for the Paganini piece was the amazing 20-year old Nancy Zhou from Texas, playing an instrument almost ten times as old. Ms. Zhou gave an additional solo performance after the concert, which was broadcasted live (radio).
Hungry tourists who come directly to a concert without dinner will appreciate the fact that for food before the concert and in intermission you are not restricted to tiny, expensive bites (as in most concert houses all over the world). Moderately priced full-sized sandwiches are available!
The layout of the concert hall is very unusual, with the visitors seated in a full circle around the orchestra, and the acoustics are impressive. We had tickets in the last row but one, behind the orchestra, and yet the sound was perfect.
A concert at this music centre can be a true highlight during a visit to Helsinki. Get the tickets as early as possible!

Visited March 2013
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Soenderborg, Denmark
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“Great music”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Go here for one or some of the concerts, Finland is so famous for. Do check out the free concerts don by the oldest conservatory students. Furthermore,stunning architecture in Nordic style.

Visited April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“a brilliant modern hall for orchestral concerts”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

You can see into this modern hall from the foyer. The seats don't fully surround the stage, but it is not a traditional shape. We saw the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the sound of the full orchestra was powerfully transmitted by good acoustics. The hall was full. We could only get seats directly behind the orchestra for €20, but it gave us a close up view of the percussion section and the conductor's face.
Upstairs, in office hours, is Fuga Music, where they specialise in Finnish composers and performers .... there are many of them ... nurtured by the Sibelius Academy in the same building.

Visited September 2012
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