Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Montreal Concert Hall Revealed

Place Des Arts

From The Globe And Mail:

This is a day of beginnings and endings for l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, which will play its final concert of the season just hours after Quebec's ministry of culture unveils an architect's model of a $110-million symphony hall planned for a narrow site adjacent to Place des Arts in downtown Montreal.

Three years after Quebec Premier Jean Charest pledged that his government would build a concert home for the OSM on the 15,000-square metre plot of land on the Centre's northeast corner, the Premier will present a scale model of Toronto architect Jack Diamond's design for a 1,900-seat, shoebox-shaped hall.

The project puts the province in partnership with Ovation, a consortium of six companies that includes Montreal construction firm Groupe Aecon and engineering company SNC-Lavalin. Workers have already begun preparing the site for the building, which is expected to be completed by the summer of 2011.

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