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Casa da Musica

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The Casa da Música is an important concert hall space in Porto, Portugal which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras Orquestra Barroca, Orquestra Nacional do Porto and Remix Ensemble. The Casa da Música was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and was built as part of Porto's project for European Culture Capital in 2001 but was only completed in the first half of 2005. As soon as it was completed the concert hall became a popular icon in the city. There was an opening day concert that took place on the 14th of April with Clã and Lou Reed, however, the building was inaugurated on the 15th of April 2005 by the Portuguese president. The Prime-minister and many other notable politicians and Porto society were present for the concert by the Orquestra Nacional do Porto. The building has received much acclaim from all over the world. This is one of the most important concert halls that have been built in the last 100 years. The Casa da Música has two main auditoriums, though there are many other areas of the building that can be adapted for concerts and other musical activity. The large auditorium has an initial capacity of 1,238 people. The small auditorium is tremendously flexible, and has no definite number in relation to the capacity. It can seat an average of 300 people or 650 people standing and possibly much more depending on the arrangement of the stage and sound equipment. The restaurant at the top of the building was opened much later than originally planned. The restaurant has been functioning since August 2006; the restaurant's original planned capacity for 250 people was decreased to space for some 150.





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