Where’s the Best Seat in the Concert Hall?

Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. ( Jeff Goldberg / ESTO )

Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
(Jeff Goldberg / ESTO)

A concert hall can have thousands of seats. Prices can range from affordable to exorbitant. So where are the best seats with respect to sound? Is more expensive always better?

To answer this burning question, we turned to Raj Patel of the design and engineering consulting firm Arup Group and Kate Wagner of the viral architecture blog McMansion Hell. She’s also studying acoustics at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, synthesizing her interests in music and architecture. What did we learn? Those expensive seats up front aren’t always your best bet, and that the best seat in a concert hall actually depends on the style of the hall itself. Let’s take a look at some of them. Full story.

James Bennett, II (WQXR) / August 16, 2017

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