Hadid takes on Bach

Friday 26 Jun 2009

Manchester Art Gallery transformed as concert hall for International Festival

Zaha Hadid Architects and Manchester International Festival, with Manchester ArtGallery and three of the world’s leading concert soloists, will present a uniquecollaborative work for the 2009 Festival. Zaha Hadid Architects will visually andacoustically transform one of the exhibition spaces in Manchester Art Gallery into anintimate chamber music hall in which to hear the solo works of J S Bach.

Across a series of nine concerts, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyrasand violinist Alina Ibragimova will perform J S Bach’s solo instrumental works for a smallaudience of 200 people at each performance. The new space will also be open to thepublic during usual gallery hours.

Zaha Hadid said: “As an articulation of the rhythmic and harmonic range Bach was able toachieve within the mathematical framework of his music, Zaha Hadid Architects’ designwill explore this multiplicity by developing a coherent integration of formal andstructural logic”.

Of this commission, Festival Director Alex Poots said, "The aim is to create a near-perfectvisual and sonic environment for the audience to experience some of the world’sbest-loved chamber music. Zaha Hadid Architects consistently come up with challengingand innovative ideas. It will be intriguing to see what they produce on this intimate level."

More information about performances at the hall can be found at our EVENTS page.

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