The Wuhan Qintai Grand Theater is located near the Yuehu Lake and Hanjing River of the city of Wuhan. It overlooks the Ancient Qintai, a historical site of the Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). As an essential part of Yuehu Lake Culture and Art Theme Park, it is the highest end revenue for cultural performance in the city. Since its opening in 2007, it has more than 120 performances each year. The plays it has performed have received wide attention and earned influence in the local performing market.
The Wuhan Qintai Grand Theater has a 65,650 square-meter architecture, with six floors above ground and one underground. The 40-meter high architecture covers an area of 24,543 square meters. It consists of a 1,802-seat grand theater, a 360-seat multifunctional hall, a rehearsal hall, and an art exhibition hall. There are 29 medium and high-end dressing rooms, and two VIP rooms with very different styles. The theater boasts advanced stage equipment with professional technical standards. It has a whole set of functions of hosting large-scale operas, musicals, plays, traditional Chinese operas, concerts and other artistic performances. The multi-functional hall has a transformable stage that can be lifted and lowered in all directions to meet different demands. Its first-class facilities and complete functions enable it to hold domestic and foreign dance dramas, musicals, dramas, plays and fashion shows.
Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
The Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall is located on the bank of the Yuehu Lake, facing the Ancient Qintai across the lake. It is part of the second phase project of Qintai Culture and Art Center invested by the Wuhan Municipal Government. It consists of a 1,600-seat symphony hall, a 405-seat chamber hall, a rehearsal hall, an art exhibition hall, and logistical rooms such as coffee shops, offices and parking lots. The symphony hall is mainly for a large-scale symphony with natural sounds, and the chamber hall for small indoor music with natural sounds.
In its operation of six years, it has held performances of well-known foreign orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and top Chinese orchestras such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and the Central Military Band of People’s Liberation Army. Top figures like Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ali Wadi, Jodi Saval, Yo-Yo Ma and Wang Jian have performed in the theater.
The Symphony Hall
The Symphony Hall is designed in the European classical style. Its ceiling, with the traditional Chinese festive pattern of fireworks display, is a combination of eastern and western cultures. The hall is mainly designed in red and golden, colors of nobleness and elegance, to try to create a brilliant art atmosphere. There are 1,600 seats in the symphony. The stage in the concert hall is 19 meters high and the orchestra pit is 20 meters wide, 12 meters deep, and 1 meter high. An organ, made by the German family-run organ builder Johannes Kles, which also builds the organ in the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, is in the deeper part of the stage of the symphony hall. The 68-diapason, 4,576- pipe organ has two performance tables. The concert hall has one Steinway piano of Germany and one Bessendorf piano of Austria, two world top brands.
Chamber Music Hall
The Chamber Music Hall is designed on the theme of water, which is always in the blood of the Wuhan people. The idea is to trace image of water back to the classical European civilization, the birthplace of symphony. The walls are covered with flexible patterns resembling water to create a romantic fantasy. With blue being the main color and flying lines, the patterns help bring about a unique charm of the chamber.