Hamburg, Germany, will unveil its much-anticipated new concert hall in January, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be there to celebrate.
There's plenty of reason for jubilation. The task of building the Elbphilharmonie (www.elbphilharmonie.de/en) — nicknamed "Elphi" — was something close to herculean. The structure opens nearly a decade after construction started and six years after the initial scheduled completion date.
The first concert is slated for Jan. 11.
While the construction time frame was longer than expected, so was the final bill. The Elbphilharmonie's cost came in...