The Knight Concert Hall: Downtown Miami’s Acoustic Gem
In just 10 years, the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has become one of the most desirable stages for the world’s legendary musicians. Harry Connick, Jr. says it’s “one of the great music halls in the country!” George Benson described it as “magnificent.” And legendary conductor Zubin Mehta says he could hear every stroke of the strings communicate with one another “like no other space.”
The 2,200 seat hall is not only a gorgeously warm hall, it is also technically sophisticated, with grand flexibility. The hall was designed as a shell within a shell to keep out all external noise - a hugely important consideration, given its proximity to the middle of bustling Downtown Miami, directly below the flight path to the airport. The inner shell has 84 movable acoustic panel doors, weighing between 4 – 11 tons each – giving the Arsht Center endless acoustical combinations and possibilities for any artistic presentation.
The unique adaptability makes the Knight Concert Hall tunable, in a sense, like a fine instrument. It can be precisely configured for a 100-piece orchestra one day, and a chamber quartet the next – and it often does just that. In fact, the Knight Concert Hall is a Miami stage for the New World Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra. It is also home to a number of the Center’s Signature Series: Jazz Roots, Live at Knight, Free Gospel Sundays, Free Family Fest and, of course, the Masterworks Classical Series, where the Hall’s acoustic properties can be experienced at their finest.
This season, the Arsht Center has programmed four stellar evenings as part of its Masterworks Classical music series and you may want to put them all on your calendar right now!
“The classical music season represents a depth and richness of music, which will be very exciting for the concertgoer,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center.
Featuring three of the world’s most exciting orchestras and a veritable piano superstar, the season opens January 10, 2017 with the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Osma Vanska, a musical combination acclaimed as “fantastic” by The New York Times. Their thrilling program boasts Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and the intense Gejia, by the contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. The season continues February 11, 2017 with the return of the beloved maestro, Christoph Eschenbach, “a conductor who wants every phrase to have significance,” according to The Washington Post, leading the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s searing “Eroica” Symphony, flanked by the music of Mozart and Bruch. The “hottest artist on the musical planet,” according to The New York Times, arrives next with Lang Lang in recital, February 25, 2017. The piano virtuoso’s return to the Knight Concert Hall is sure to be a highlight of the music season. March 18, 2017 brings the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with the distinguished pianist, Inon Barnatan, in an evening of Mozart and more, including a newly commissioned piano concerto and Copland’s visionary Quiet City.
In addition to the classical series, the Arsht Center has programmed dozens of shows in the Knight Concert Hall this season – from jazz and comedy to musical mashups of all varieties. Make your plans now. Check out the schedule at www.arshtcenter.org and/or call 305.949.6722 for more information and to purchase tickets.