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Tonhalle Maag in West Zurich

In 2018, Zurich’s 100-strong Tonhalle orchestra celebrated 100 years since its founding. The centenary fell in a time of transition: The previous year, the orchestra’s home, the venerable old Tonhalle on Lake Zurich, had to be vacated for renovation. The interim base of the orchestra until 2020 is a former cogwheel factory in West Zurich. Known as Tonhalle Maag, it was converted into a concert hall at a cost of only 10 million Swiss francs.

Now into its second season, Zurich’s new arts venue is garnering plenty of praise, despite the initial misgivings of many loyal and regular patrons of the old Tonhalle. After all, the latter venue is idyllically located at a tranquil spot on Lake Zurich. But urgent improvements needed to be made to the stage technology, fire protection and backstage, so it was closed for extensive refurbishment in 2017. And the orchestra went into exile – to the fashionable west of the city, the bustling site of many bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

The former industrial quarter Kreis 5 has undergone a complete transformation since the ‘80s. The factories and businesses which used to populate the area were sold, closed, demolished or moved away. In their ...

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BTR Ausgabe 2 2019
Rubrik: English texts, Seite 280
von Iris Abel