Severly damaged during the war, the Konzerthaus only reopened in 1984, following restoration as a Concert Hall. The Berlin Symphony Orchestra performed the inauguration gala concert on October 1, 1984 and the opening ceremony of Berlin’s 750th anniversary. On Christmas day 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with its famous Ode to Freedom accompanied by an international orchestra and choir. The Berlin Symphony orchestra was renamed Konzerthausorchester in 2006.
Queens Hall opened in 1893 as a classical music concert hall and was famous as the original home of the Proms. It remained extremely popular until its destruction by an incendiary bomb during the blitz of A hotel now stands on the site.