Camps visits the Masterclass Hall of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Oct 2, 2005
The President of the Valencia Regiona Government, Francisco Camps, this week talked about the huge potential of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, as “aside from the pleasure of coming to listen to a concert or watch a performance in one of its halls, one can walk around the building at any time of the day or night”.
Camps stated this after visiting for the second time the construction works of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía accompanied by the Valencia architect Santiago Calatrava, in the Palau’s Masterclass Hall, “ a room that will host the best events in lyrical opera to be found anywhere in the world” said the President.
Aula Magistral (Masterclass Hall)
The Masterclass Hall is located at the western end of the main building. It is accessed via two main outside staircases, although there are also lifts for visitors with reduced mobility.
The Hall has a foyer completely in glass (with a bar and toilets), which is the visitor’s introduction to the facility, as it is located above the gangway that is the public access to the building.
This Hall also has all the necessary equipment for holding conferences and other events as well as for staging performing arts. It includes a simultaneous translation system, a projection screen, a projector and several video cameras.
The Hall also has excellent lighting and sound equipment, loudspeakers distributed over the stage and a control booth, among other facilities planned.
- Capacity: 384 people
- Stage area: 104 m2
- Maximum width of the hall: 24.4 m
- Length of the hall: 19 m
- Maximum height: 9.6 m
- Area of the hall: 290 m2
- Volume of the hall: 2,200 m3
- Cladding finish: Birch wood
The Regional Government of Valencia wants to involve the entire public in the inaugural concerts of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Tickets for the 9th and 25th October will therefore be given out free of charge to residents of the Valencia region.
The series of inaugural concerts at the Palau de les Arts commences on the 8th with a concert attended by Queen Sofía, with the participation of Lorin Maazel and Enrique García Asensio. Celebrities from the cultural, social and political world will also be invited.
The concert to be held on the 9th, which begins at 8pm, will follow the same programme as the day before, with slight variations. On the 25th of October maestro Zubin Mehta will conduct the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, also starting at 8pm.
For the concert on the 9th October, the Government is inviting the public as well as all the Mayors of the Valencia region to represent everyone in the region at this historic event to be held on the Day of the Valencian Community at the majestic cultural coliseum that is the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
Tickets will be distributed among the public free of charge on the 4th of October from 10 am at the following points: Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (Valencia): Teatro Arniches (Alicante) and Teatro Principal (Castellón).
Before the concert, on the 9th, the Regional Government of Valencia has organised a free musical event for the Day of the Valencian Community.
In these parallel events, the Government has given a starring role to music groups. A total of 30 groups from the three provinces of the region will take part in a huge procession that will set off from different points in the city and then come together at the Palau de les Arts. These open-air performances will come to a close with a musical performance by the composer Llorenç Barber outside the coliseum, a street theatre performance by the Valencian company, L’Ull, and a huge firework display.
On the 25th October, with the concert given by Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Regional Government of Valencia wishes to acknowledge Valencia’s great cultural and musical tradition best exemplified by its musical bands.
For this reason, representatives from all the bands in the Federation of Musical Societies of the Valencia Region will be invited. The Government thus fulfils its aim to pay homage to a group that has created a cultural heritage for the people of Valencia and is a hallmark of its identity.
The Government will also be handing out free tickets to the public, which can be picked up on the 20th of October from 10am also at the following places: Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (Valencia): Teatro Arniches (Alicante) and Teatro Principal (Castellón).
In the programme of inaugural concerts given on the 8th and 9th of October, a leading role will be given to the best Valencian and Spanish composers of symphony, lyrical, opera and zarzuela, represented by Ruperto Chapí, José Serrano, Manuel Penella and Joaquín Rodrigo and featuring international stars in these genres.On the 25th, there will be a performance of Symphony number 9 in D minor, opus 125, "Choral". This concert will conclude with the Valencia regional anthem performed by the tenor Javier Palacios.