History and museums
Musikhuset Aarhus (Aarhus Concert Hall) is a large concert hall complex in Aarhus, Denmark. Commissioned by Aarhus Municipality, the building was designed by Kjær & Richter and completed in 1982.
Located in the city centre, Musikhuset is Aarhus's main venue for music. A lofty foyer with glazed facades on three sides leads into an anteroom and then into the main auditorium. Thanks to its fully equipped stage, it is designed for both concerts and opera. There is also a smaller auditorium seating 325. In 2011, Mogens Gissel redecorated the main auditorium in "wine red, curry yellow, mouse grey, nut brown, azure blue and pitch black".
The complex is home to Den Jyske Opera (sometimes referred to as the Danish National Opera), Aarhus Symfoniorkester (Aarhus Symphony Orchestra) and Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg). With seating for 3,000, it is the largest concert hall in Scandinavia.
As a result of extensions carried out by C. F. Møller Architects in 2007, in addition to the Symphonic Hall accommodating an audience of 1,200, there is a Rytmisk Sal (Rhythmic Hall) and a Chamber Music Room. There are also special facilities for the conservatory, the symphony orchestra and the opera company. The Symphonic Hall, based on the proportions of the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, allows adjustments of the walls, carpeting and acoustic panels to be made in order to ensure the very best delivery of symphonic music.