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Philharmonie Luxembourg

concert hall
1, place de l'Europe L-1499 Luxembourg

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Posted on: Sat Jan 2015

The Philharmonie Luxembourg, or Grand-Duchesse Josephine-Charlotte Concert Hall with its imposing columns and dynamic architecture, represents a cultural beacon featuring three concert halls which welcome orchestras, solo recitals, and jazz concerts. Combining the proven acoustics of shoe-box concert halls, the Grand Auditorium boasts the qualities of a Shakespearean stage. The hall features eight lateral towers and an orchestra pit that makes the audience feel very close to the musical performance. Seating can accommodate up to 1,500 spectators. It’s an architectonic gem both from the outside and inside.

The building itself features a unique oval shape as designed by French Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc. The design was made possible through the use of colonnade screen constructed by more than 823 steel columns. Located at the centre of the Luxembourg’s European quarter on the Kirchberg plateau, the concert hall draws in a large public due to its outstanding accoustics, spectacular programme and world class performers that turn it into a magical experience altogether.

World-class programme
Indeed, The Philharmonie features a concert programme which it is hard to do justice to, as a long list of ‘who’s who’ of classic and contemporary grands are performing throughout the year. Each year in September/October, the Philharmonie releases its new concert agenda for the upcoming year that has numerous highlights as such the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra for this season. The concerts on offer are very diverse and of course the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL) are performing numerous concerts from Tchaikovski to Mendelsohn or Strauss. Very popular with the audience are also films with live music and it is difficult to get tickets for OPL’s Christmas Gala Concert, this year with the Wiener Sängerknaben (11.12.14) or the New Year’s Concert (08.01.15).

Good idea

The Philharmonie features a concert organ built and installed by Karl Schuke Berliner Orgelbauwerkstatt. The organ features 4 manuals, 2.5 octave pedal-boards, 81 registers, and 6738 pipes.
check out this impressive 360 degree view of the Philharmonie
– photos worth seeing at Christian Protzamparc’s.

Good to know

– The Philharmonie is well connected with one of the main bus lines to the airport (no 16) stopping right outside. (waiting time under 10m)
– There is sufficient underground parking.
– A shuttle bus from Trier brings in visitors from Germany. (check out details here)

Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1933,as the in-house orchestra of RTL Radio, Henri Pensis was its founder. OPL has risen to fame under the leadership of several outstanding directors and is currently led by Emmanuel Krivine. www.philharmonie.lu

Venue details

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opening hours
  • concerts take place throughout the week and tend to start at 8.00 pm

contact +352 26 43 35

location Kirchberg, right after the 'red bridge' at the place de l'Europe.
From Trier (Germany) to the Philharmonie with the shuttle bus.

website www.philharmonie.lu/en

entrance fee depending on the concerts, the Philharmonie is know though for excellent value

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'The Philharmonie has an excellent orchestra and world-class musicians visiting. Tickets come at affordable prices which makes it great value for money. It is probably one of the most understated things to do in Luxembourg and simply fascinating to witness and absorb the atmosphere. - It's one of our favourite escapes.Five months prior to the hall's opening, the Grand Duchess Josephine-Carlotte, after whom the conert hall is named, died on Jan 10,2005.'Tripadvisor 'Certificate of excellence 2014'

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