Hamburg's main concert hall for classical works
Built in 1908, when it qualified as German's largest and most modern concert hall, the neo-baroque Laeiszhalle stages classical concerts performed by the Philharmoniker Hamburg and the Hamburger Symphonike. The hall also housed the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra (formerly the NDR Sinfonieorchester), but in January 2017 the NDR became the orchestra-in-residence at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie. Named after the shipping magnate Carl Heinrich Laeisz, who left provisions in his will for the hall's construction, the Laeiszhalle has seen Richard Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith all playing and conducting their own works here. In 1930 violinist Yehudi Menuhin performed in the hall, aged 12, to great acclaim, while Maria Callas wowed audiences in 1959 and 1962. The Laeiszhalle also hosts pop, rock and jazz concerts in both its main hall (2,000 seats) and its more intimate 650-seater, the latter of which was rebuilt in the 1950s in period style.