Oslo Konserthus is located in Vika, which is a part of the center of the city of Oslo in Norway. The concert hall is the home base for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, it is the premier music venue for general cultural and music life in Norway. There is a variety of musical styles that play here from world music to classical, to popular entertainment from both international artists and Norwegian artists. There are over 300 events held here each year and over 200,000 people visit the Oslo Konserthus every year.
For many years there was not a proper concert hall in Oslo. The Oslo Philharmonic did not have a regular place to hold their rehearsals and often would have different locations for practice each day throughout a project.
After many years of debate, in 1955 an architectural competition was created. The final drafts for the concert hall were presented in the year 1965 based on the winning proposal from Goats Abergh. The concert hall was founded in October of 1966 and it was finally opened on the 22nd of March in the year 1977. In September of 1977 a specialty organ that had 7000 pipes was installed. The organ came from Gottingen, Germany. This was the largest organ in the country until 2014.
Oslo Konserthus consists of 2 concert halls, practice rooms, several meeting rooms, large bars and foyers, an office wing and a box office. The maximum capacity of the main hall is 1600 and the maximum capacity of the smaller hall is 266.
The foyers are often used as exhibition areas and the bars can serve as many as 1400 people. The open area located in front of concert hall as well as the premises located below belong to Oslo Konserthus AS. This is where the Stenersen Museum is located.
Oslo Konserthus Photo Gallery
Oslo Konserthus video guide
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