New concert hall of Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra to open on May 21


The new state-of-the-art concert hall of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra will open on May 21 with the exclusive concert including Macedonian renowned pianist Simon Trpceski as soloist, under the baton of famous conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska said at Friday’s press conference the concert would include pieces by Macedonian composer Trajko Prokopiev, as well as Russia’s Sergei Prokofiev and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“After 73 years of its existence, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra will finally get its own home. The new concert hall will write Macedonia’s music history, present the creative potentials of our artists, musicians, composers, conductors, but also foreign ensembles and guests”, said Kanceska-Milevska.

According to her, the new building will have a large, 1,000-seat capacity hall and a small multifunctional 310-seat hall.

“The large hall has exceptional acoustics and a state-of-the-art audio and video equipment”, added Kanceska-Milevska.

Philharmonic director Maja Canacevic aid the new hall was the realization of a dream of the institution’s founders and generations of musicians.

“The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra is probably the first such institution in the region with its own concert hall. This is a historic event for Macedonian culture”, she added.

Minister Kanceska-Milevska said the cost for the new concert hall exceeded EUR 37 million.


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