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Behind the Scenes

114 Cubes of Various Sizes

There are many things that set the Minnesota Orchestra's downtown Minneapolis home apart from other excellent concert halls in the country—and perhaps one of the most recognizable features is the 114 acoustical cubes placed along the walls and ceiling of the auditorium. A trademark of architect Cyril Harris, the cubes weren't placed simply as an architectural embellishment, but have served an important acoustic purpose for both the musicians onstage and the audiences listening to them since 1974.

The iconic cubes of Orchestra Hall are a testament to the science and art of cutting-edge acoustic design and are one of the main reasons our Hall is highly regarded as one of the best-sounding venues in the country. Violinist Hanna Landrum narrates with commentary from Sound Space Vision's Robert Essert and Marianne McKenna of KPMB Architects.

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