Sonically, the hall remains a gem.
Larry Fuschberg, Star Tribune.
Originally opened in 1974, Orchestra Hall’s acoustics whilst treasured by audiences, were troublesome onstage. In April 2010 the Minnesota Orchestra and KPMB Architects unveiled their plans for renovations to Orchestra Hall.
SSD conducted a structured collaboration with musicians and orchestra administration to determine good and bad qualities of the sound on stage and in the audience, resulting in the acoustics brief to accompany architectural brief. We designed materials and surfaces to improve the acoustics on stage without negative impact on the already excellent acoustics in the audience, and with a low degree of visual impact.
Over the course of 2 years, SSD spent considerable time conducting sound trials and full-scale mock-ups with the Orchestra, both in Minneapolis and whilst on tour, to finesse the on-stage acoustic design. This included detailed binaural and 3D acoustical measurements and recordings on stage and in the audience area, using techniques helpful to musicians and to translating musicians’ concerns to physics and architecture. Detailed computer simulations were used to further refine the acoustical scheme.
Sound Space Design brought in sound system experts, Engineering Harmonics to guide the planning for a new sound system that improves the audio experience, programming flexibility and income potential for the orchestra. Opened Autumn 2013.