Concert Hall Review
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in concert halls, usually as a performer. Being in one of these halls is special, especially if it is your first time, either performing or listening. Each hall has a unique way of greeting people in the foyer. Most concert halls that host professional events usually have some form of refreshment table and have more open foyers to create a larger, social atmosphere. Smaller concert halls that host non-professionals often are simpler because they don’t have the luxury of gathering massive audiences. However, most concert halls themselves are built similarly because of the effects of sound waves. As concert halls get bigger and bigger, they retain the same basic shape.
Concert halls are built to make bands sound better. The structure of the halls is based around the premise of how sound waves move and act, but because of this, first-timers will notice a significant difference between a practice room, which is designed to deaden sound, and the concert hall, which was designed to amplify sound. The hall itself is massive, which may shock anyone who has never been in a concert hall, and to increase the sense, all concert halls are built using a cone shape, with the band towards back, and the audience having seats tiered upward. These halls typically have a number of practice rooms as well. Concert halls are typically open to the public, so they have to be able to accommodate many people that want to practice.
Although spaces like these are built for talent to be appreciated, there is a big flaw in their design, and it’s something that cannot be fixed. the biggest problem with these big concert halls is not in their design, but in the events they host. In order to make a performance worthwhile to a performer is if there are people there to listen, and while this is not hard for professional bands, for amateur groups, getting a crowd that is larger than family and friends is hard. Furthermore, sometimes a group is scheduled for a bad play time, and they attract a small crowd. This is harsh to most amateur musicians, especially if they choose it as a way of life. In addition to this, if there are massive festivals going on, making exact plans is difficult as performances tend to run long. It is hard to accept it, but these things happen, and it is all part of life. It sucks, but something happens like this sometimes.
As stated previously, I have spent a good deal of time in concert halls because I am a performer. I am lucky enough to have been able to experience what it was like to both perform and listen to a performance in a concert hall on multiple occasions each, and it is an experience that I highly recommend to anyone, especially if you enjoy live music. As a special note to all amateur musicians who are about to have their first concert, it isn’t that bad. It seems intimidating at first, with the giant hall, and the bright lights streaming down on you, but that’s part of the experience. In short, go to a concert if you have time, it is a great experience, one that should never be overlooked.
Top left: The concert hall as seen from the back of the hall.
Top right: The concert hall as seen from the stage.
Below: Foyer of PAC from entrance.