One of the first memories I have of the Lisinski concert hall are of its chandeliers. For the first five years of my life I lived across the street from Lisinski, and I’d go in quite often to play – back then the words concert hall didn’t mean too much to me, it was a big interesting building with gorgeous chandeliers and many many secret corners to discover.
This wasn’t too difficult to do since back then on Sundays there were puppet shows and concerts for kids where my parents would always take me, but I preferred to sneak out and go wander around the building itself.
Not to mention Lisinski was the place of my first dance performance when I was 7, so indeed it holds a special place. These days however, I have to admit I’ve become an adult, so my visits to Lisinski are more serious – everything from the live broadcasts from the Metropolitan on Saturdays, to concerts ranging from the Zagreb symphonic orchestra to Nick Cave to Jazz concerts – Lisinski concert hall has one of the most interesting music repertoires in Zagreb, a bit expensive sometimes but well worth the visit.
Even just for the architecture (maybe those childhood memories left a trace, but I have a weak spot for socialist-realist architecture) or the chandeliers, as Lisinski marches toward the future with its head held up high even after 45 years in service.