Immerse youself in the world of the stars, experience at first hand the playing of world-class orchestras in the largest Austrian concert hall outside Vienna, let the stunning sound get under your skin – and be a part of musical history, a chapter which began with the star conductor Herbert von Karajan. And all this on the „beautiful blue Danube“ ... in the Brucknerhaus Linz.
An excellent acoustic, comfortable seating for 1,540 enthusiastic audience members, and a stage where Herbert von Karajan conducted the Vienna Philharmonic. By far the most beautiful concert hall on the blue Danube. No-one who has experienced a concert in this space will ever forget it. Acoustical brilliance, architectural pefection and an elegant atmosphere – the Main Hall is the heart of the Brucknerhaus. This is where the Vienna Philharmonic played the inaugural concert under the baton of Herbert von Karajan.
The Main Hall, also called the Bruckner Hall, is in every way worthy of its eponymous composer. The most beautiful concert hall on the Danube can accomodate an audience of 1,540; 1,440 seated and 100 standing. The seating is laid out in 21 rows in the stalls plus three extra rows (ABC) if needed; upstairs in the gallery are five additional rows. But it is not only the impressive dimensions and the variety of viewpoints from the seats that impress; it is above all the breathtaking stage area. With an area of 200 m2 and room for up to 220 performers it fulfills all the possible requirements of a modern concert hall.
Another highlight of the Main Hall is the new organ, which was built by the Vorarlberg company Rieger Orgelbau in record time in summer 2018. The special acoustics of the room are due to the wooden panelling. The thickness of the wood is at least 6 cm and the different structuring of the wood directs the sound. In addition, the sound is dispersed by hanging aprons. The reverberation time of 1.7 seconds is also an impressive reference figure for a modern concert hall.
In the auditorium there are 66 point hoists with a load capacity of 250 kg each, four retractable step podiums and two stage lifts. The capacity of the lifts is remarkable. The orchestra lift, for example, is 29 m² in size and has a lifting capacity of four tons as well as a lifting height of 8.5 metres. The piano lift has an area of 19.5m², a payload of two tons and a lifting height of 8.8 metres.
To sum up:
The Main Hall of the Brucknerhaus is an architectural gem, which has the decisive advantage of combining excellent statistics with outstanding acoustical properties.
The so-called „Middle“ Hall has marked the starting point of many impressive careers. This is where the Young Classics play, and where an audience of up to 392 listens to lively evenings of chamber music. A hand-woven carpet by the Korean artist Anne Tredjan, hanging on the wall at the back of the stage, is a 350 kg symbol of the interculturality of the Brucknerhaus.
A versatile space: a business academy, a violin recital, the celebration of an artist's birthday – the Middle Hall can be set up for individual requirements, without sacrifing any of its excellent acoustic qualities. With its own foyer and bar it is also ideal for events in an exclusive setting.
Stifter's stroke of genius
A literary genius is the nominal patron of the Middle Hall: Adalbert Stifter. And the space itself really is a stroke of genius. There is room here for 392 people, 352 seated and 40 standing, distributed across 15 rows of seats. The stage can be altered to fit individual requirements, and the seating area is also variable – normal concert seating, with conference tables or as a dance floor. The space varies according to the function.
The work of art hanging on the rear wall of the stage is particularly eye-catching. It is a hand-woven carpet of 42 m² by the Korean artist Anne Tredjan, woven from sisal and silk and weighing 350 kg.
For exclusive events in a smaller space the Small Hall is ideal. There is room for 150 seats. The space is suitable for receptions, select gatherings or intimate performances.
The smallest concert hall in the Brucknerhaus, the Kepler Hall, has seating for 150 guests and can be divided into three sections.
A window facade opens onto the 2nd floor with a striking view of the illuminated buildings on the Danube.
Lounge furniture can be used to create a relaxed and cosy atmosphere for exclusive events, lectures, background discussions or receptions.
The Kepler Hall is also provided with a catering kitchen a few steps away, as well as an integrated projector screen.