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New Hamer Hall welcomes almost 400,000 patrons in first year of operations

New Hamer Hall welcomes almost 400,000 patrons in first year of operations
December 18, 2013

Almost 400,000 people attended concerts at Arts Centre Melbourne's redeveloped Hamer Hall in the year from its re-opening on 26th July 2012, roundly cementing its reputation, according to Arts Centre Melbourne management, as the "people's concert hall".

In this time, its stage has been shared by international stars such as k. d. lang and Kristin Chenoweth, and Australian luminaries like Barry Humphries and Meow Meow, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and some great community celebrations.

Commenting on the venue's performance, Victorian Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria stated "Hamer Hall has been returned to Victorians as a 21st century civic centre for culture, community and entertainment.

"The outcomes of the redevelopment have been applauded by musicians and audiences alike, and put Hamer Hall on the map as an outstanding performing arts centre of international renown."

Arts Centre Melbourne Executive Performing Arts Tim Brinkman added "we have been thrilled at Hamer Hall's new capabilities and the vast range of entertainment that it is now able to present to audiences. It has been wonderful to see such a huge variety of people heading in the doors to enjoy such a wide variety of artists."

After a two-year closure and $135.8 million redevelopment, the new Hamer Hall reopened on 26th July 2012 with a significant refurbishment of the building's design, acoustics and technological equipment. The building's façade was altered to open up to Southbank's lively riverfront and internally the auditorium was reshaped to improve acoustics. State-of-the-art technologies, including an acoustic reflector and new audio visual equipment, were also installed to bring Hamer Hall up to international standards.

294 performance events have been presented at Hamer Hall in the year since 26th July 2012, including numerous performances by resident companies Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra, together with visits by the Czech Philharmonic, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and The Impossible Orchestra 24-Hour Concert. Big bands were on the bill too, including The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Mnozil Brass.

The new Hamer Hall has also reinvented itself as a popular venue for contemporary music, attracting music legends like David Byrne & St Vincent, Bobby Womack, The Hollies, Cliff Richards and Paul Kelly, while Tina Arena, Macy Gray, Sarah Blasko and The Scissor Sisters brought a swell of new audiences through the door. Meanwhile The Wiggles, Bill Bailey, Julie Andrews, Sumi Jo, Chucho Valdes, Vienna Boys Choir and Australian Girls Choir also lit up the stage.

Hamer Hall's new multi-purpose functionality has been utilised by innovative events like the MSO's Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean screenings, and theatrical productions including the hip-hop dance spectacular Blaze the Show, the classical music/dance show Red Bull Flying Bach, and the ever-popular Shane Warne: The Musical.

The extraordinary music event, Raising the Roof, was the community event of the year, connecting a range of Victorian community music groups with Arts Centre Melbourne on an unprecedented scale as part of the Hamer Hall Opening Celebrations. The culmination of six months of outreach workshops, it featured almost 500 performers, including 250 singers from regional choirs across Victoria and a participating audience of 5,960 people.

29th November 2012 - HOSTPLUS AGREES FIVE YEAR ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE SPONSORSHIP

17th July 2012 - SPECIAL EVENTS TO MARK HAMER HALL RE-OPENING


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