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UPDATED: 10:28, October 06, 2004
Shanghai Concert Hall relocates and reopens
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The 74-year-old Shanghai Concert Hall made a striking reappearance during the weeklong National Day Holiday, which began Oct. 1; the building moved 66.46 meters southeast.

The Concert Hall closed for a facelift on Aug. 31, 2002; the 5650-ton building was then lifted 3.38 meters up and moved. The project cost 150 million yuan (18.1 million US dollars) and is the largest among similar endeavors made by the east China metropolis.

The new hall is four times larger than the old one and is decorated with marble pillars, Roman chandeliers and other architectural designs.

Established in 1930, the Concert Hall used to be the best cinema in Shanghai and was transformed to be a concert hall in 1959. Many widely known musical celebrities such as conductor Tang Muhai and Zhang Guohai started their careers here.

After being reopened with performance by the visiting British Royal Orchestra on Oct. 1, the Concert Hall packed its schedule until 2006. Many well-known foreign and domestic musicians will perform here, said Liu Zhenqiang, the Concert Hall's new art director.

As an endeavor of better serving low-income music fans, the new1,200-seat Shanghai Concert Hall started selling low-price "standing tickets" to people who usually find normal ticket pricesbeyond their reaches. The "standing tickets" to the British Royal Orchestra's performances valued at 80 yuan (9.7 dollars), considerably lower than normal prices ranging from 280 (34 dollars)to 1500 yuan (181 dollars), according to sources with the Concert Hall.

Source: Xinhua

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