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Paris is known for its many Belle Epoque cultural landmarks – ornate museums, gilded theaters, the stately Eiffel Tower.This is La Philharmonie, Paris' new, bigger home for orchestral events.Wednesday will see its opening with a gala concert attended by French President Francois Hollande. His presence after last week's carnage by Islamist gunmen in Paris and resulting massive weekend rally is a testament to the importance of the concert hall, both financially and in terms of prestige.The idea to have the stage surrounded by seats, like in Berlin's Philharmonie, is to have the farthest spectator just 32 meters from the orchestra conductor instead of 47 meters in Paris' Salle Pleyel, located on the other side of the city near the Champs-Elysees and until now the premier concert hall in Paris.
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