State Grand Concert Hall Named After Salikh Saidashev

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The Grand Concert Hall (GCH) is the place for classical music in Kazan, boasting a large but cosy auditorium, quality acoustics (the acoustic metrics were calculated in England by some of the world's best in the field), and a Flentrop Dutch-made organ. The current incarnation and name of the concert hall date back to 1996. There had stood a glassy building of the Kazan National Conservatory Ballroom, built in 1967, where the classical-looking Grand Concert Hall is now. The name of composer Salikh Saidashev was awarded to the concert hall in 2000.

The GCH is the main stage for the performances of the National Symphony Orchestra, National Chamber Choir and String Quartet of Tatarstan. It hosts the "White Lilac" Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival of Classical Music, and "Concordia" Sofia Gubaidullina Contemporary Music Festival, as well as relevant pop and jazz acts, such as Denis Matsuyev and Igor Butman.

In addition to its main concert space, which seats 700, the GCH incorporates a 70-seat chamber music room, a rehearsal space, separate spaces for choir and orchestra practice, and individual acoustic rooms.