Located at 3 Symphony Circle in Buffalo, NY, the 2,400 seat Kleinhans Music Hall is one of the finest acoustical concert halls ever built in America. The principle architect was Eliel Saarinen, who is most famous for his National Museum of Finland. His son, Eero, designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center in NYC, Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C, and had a hand in helping with the Kleinhans project.
On a recent excursion to the Queen City, I was able to swing by this graceful masterpiece in the heart of the Allentown Historic District. There are several notable features that strike the senses about this building. The reflecting pool is certainly one. The shape of the building is another (some say it is shaped like a cello, while others contend that it is most certainly a violin). But it is the acoustics inside that have garnered Kleinhans’ international reputation as a world class performance venue. Pianist Arthur Rubenstein once said, “Any artist gives his best in a hall such as this.”
Text and photos by George Cassidy Payne