Centennial Concert Hall
Centennial Concert Hall is a Performing arts centre located at 555 Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It began as an urban renewal program in 1960. The Centennial Concert Hall, as part of the Manitoba Centennial Centre, was built as a Canadian Centennial project and is connected to the Manitoba Museum. The venue has a seating capacity of 2,305. The stage is 24 metres wide, 12 metres deep and over 33 metres tall which can accommodate a full orchestra and a choir of 700. The Centennial Concert Hall supports Manitoba visual artists through monthly exhibitions on the Piano Nobile, the Gallery has featured the creations of over 200 Manitoba artists. This spacious area overlooking the main lobby offers high ceilings, majestic chandeliers and a grand piano. Murals by Canadian sculptor Greta Dale and Winnipeg artist Tony Tascona occupy spaces throughout the hall. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Opera perform at the facility. Centennial Concert Hall also hosts a wide variety of local and global artists, dance companies and musicals.
Governor General Roland Michener opened the Centennial Concert Hall 25 March 1968. The architects of the Hall were Green, Blankstein, Russell Assoc., Moody, Moore, Whenham & Partners, and Smith, Carter, Searle Associates, which are all located in Winnipeg. Theatre consultant George Izenour contributed to the design of the Hall, and the acoustic engineering was by the firm of Bolt, Beranek & Newman Inc. The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation describes the design of the building as having a modern influence. The exterior design presents a balance of orthogonal lines and angles, glass and masonry, light cream and dark charcoal tones. The building's coloration complements and parallels those of the Winnipeg City Hall across Main Street – which also features Tyndall stone and deep grey masonry.