A first look at Minnesota Orchestra's $50 million remodeling project

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 9:54 PM

$50 million in remodeling and expansion work is complete, but little music will be played there.

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  • First look at the New Orchestra Hall. The sound cubes have been preser...

  • First look at the New Orchestra Hall.

  • First look at the New Orchestra Hall. The sound cubes have been preserved but all new seating with more room have been added. ] BRIAN PETERSON ‚Ä¢ brianp@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN - 09/08//2013

  • The hall, which used to be a sea of 1970s orange, now has its seats clad in a near-black color known as thundercloud. The auditorium floor is white oak. The new color scheme was picked by KPMB Architects, a firm from Toronto.

  • Out front, the lobby is now the Grand Foyer. It is double in size and open on all four levels with large glass walls open to the downtown skyline.

  • ORCHESTRA HALL

    AT A GLANCE

    Cost

    About $50 million, including $14 million from the state of Minnesota

    Lobby

    Expanded from 16,101 square feet to 35,640 square feet

    Auditorium

    2,085 seats — 365 fewer than before — and the seats were widened, with legroom added

    Restrooms

    58 women’s, up from 27 39 men’s, up from 22

    Musicians’ practice rooms

    8, up from three

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