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20 Aug 2013

Moscow International Performing Arts Centre

The Moscow International Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC), also known as the Moscow International House of Music, is a public cultural complex which aims at organizing performances of national and foreign symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo instrumentalists, opera singers, ballet dancers, theatre companies, jazz bands, variety and traditional ensembles. It was opened in 2003.

It accommodates three concert halls placed on three different levels and having separate entrances. Each hall is executed in its own style and special array. The rows of seats ascend up in a form of an amphitheatre. There is also a summer terrace on the podium of MIPAC designed for different open-air promenade concerts and festive events.

The centre has become a rehearsal base for such orchestras as "Virtuosi of Moscow", "National Philharmonic of Russia" and "Russian Philharmonic". The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation is also located there.

Three main halls can be identified in the building. The first one, the Svetlanov Great Hall, with 1,734 seats, hosts the biggest organ in Russia. The Chamber Hall, with 573 seats, is the venue for recitals and symphonic concerts. The last space is the Theatre Hall, equipped with 530 seats and hosting performances, concerts, ballets, fashion shows and public events.