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Shanghai Concert Hall

Add:523 Yan'an Rd E., near Xizang Rd S.

Tel:021-5386 6666

Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available

2012-08-23

Shanghai Concert Hall is the first concert hall built in the People's Republic of China. The predecessor of the Hall, Nanking Theatre, was designed by two Chinese architects, then 37-year-old Fan Wenzhao and 32-year-old Zhao Shen. They were among the first generation in China to study abroad. After learning architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1920s, they returned to China and designed this building, bestowing a western classical architectural style upon it. 

Its charm lies in the variety of delicate layouts, showing the techniques of the Renaissance period. The porch pillars, winding staircase, auditorium walls, and vault are all of western classical style. The building was one of the very rare western style buildings designed by Chinese architects. 

Nanking Theatre was opened to the public by premiering the US musical film "Broadway" on March 26, 1930. At that time, it mainly served as a cinema, but it also gave other performances like Peking Opera, Shaoxing Opera and concerts. 

In 1959, it was renamed Shanghai Concert Hall, becoming the first concert hall in new China. It has a two-floor auditorium with over 1,200 seats. Since then, excellent artists have performed on its stage such as the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, violinist Isaac Stern and Salvatore Accardo, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Alicia de Larrocha. 

In 2002, to make room for the construction of Yan’an Road elevated highway, the hall was uplifted 3 meters and moved 66 meters away to the southeast of its original site. Some expansions and renovations were made without harming the original building. It was reopened to the public on October 1, 2004.

Tips
Weekly radio concerts/low-price concerts to promote classical music among ordinary audiences, are held every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Tickets of these concerts are comparatively cheap. (50/40/30 yuan)
As one of China's heritage architecture buildings, Shanghai Concert Hall is very popular among newlywed couples who like to take wedding photos in front of the building. The illuminated night scene of the Hall is extremely beautiful. 

Reminder
You can enter the hall 40 minutes before the performance starts.
Please enter the auditorium on time. Late arrivals are requested to wait outside the auditorium and enter during the intervals.
Please do not take photos or make video recordings during the performance.

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