Helmut List Halle
			Helmut List Halle

Helmut List Halle

© Helmut List Halle, Harald Eisenberger

The Helmut List Halle plays a significant role in Graz's cultural scene and is a shining testament to collaboration between engineers and artists.

An exceptional get-together of artists, organizers and acoustic experts, among them Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Beat Furrer, Gerd Kühr , Bernhard Land, Prof. Karlheinz Müller, Mathis Huber and AVL CEO Helmut List marked the beginning of a project that came to be known as paragon for the effective liaison of arts and science.

Together, the group created a concept for a multifunctional venue. Expectations were mooted, possibilities illustrated, questions posed and answers calculated. Just one year later, the fruit of the labor was ready to be presented to the world: in 2003, the Helmut Liste Halle was officially inaugurated with the scenic premier of Beat Furrer's masterpiece Begehren. 

Acoustic Masterpiece

This meeting, the structural restoration of an old factory hall and the pure vision of architect Markus Pernthaler characterize the Helmut List Halle, which has set new standards for contemporary art productions.

The main objective of the new venue was the creation of maximum flexibility within the strict criteria of opera halls and concert acoustics. The acoustic multi-functionality of the unique venue is impressively substantiated at each event that is performed at the wooden structured hall. Theater performances, evenings of classical music, conferences or electronic music festivals – the venue can change to meet the most exacting requirements.

Many music productions of international value have already been performed or even premiered at the Helmut List Halle. Today, the Helmut List Halle is a key cultural hotspot in Graz.

"(…) The liaison of arts and science, of technology and modern culture productions, is reflected in the synthesis of old industrial architecture and contemporary design vocabulary." (Architect DI Markus Pernthaler)

"This new hall is important, especially because of its high demands to acoustics." (Valery Gergiev, ORF, February 21st, 2003)

"This hall, this project – not many cities can proud themselves with such a venture. (…)" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January 11th, 2003)

"The hall already impressed with transparency and flexibility at Beat Furrer's music theater Begehren. This time it was filled with the soundscape of a large symphonic orchestra – and the hall mastered the challenge, rendering the sound compact and frothy even at the most dense forte passages." (Der Standard, February 8th, 2003)

 

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