A new concert hall is scheduled to open next month in Puerto Rico as the home of the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico. The new 1,300-seat Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals will host a variety of musical performances, serving a range of symphonic, chamber, and popular music styles. Architect Rodolfo Fernández designed the hall, which is named after cellist and conductor Pablo Casals, whose mother was born in Puerto Rico. Casals founded the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico in 1958, and the Musical Conservatory of Puerto Rico in 1959. Acentech’s Studio A did the acoustical work. The work included a house sound system with a retractable main loudspeaker cluster that can be hoisted into the attic during symphony concerts when amplification is not required.
The Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico’s 2009-2010 season features many international guest artists including Kirill Gernstein, Barry Douglas, and Leila Josefowicz.