THE PALACE
The Small Hall

Called the "Small Hall" due to its small size towards the concert hall - only 300 seats - this space has been designed to meet the elites and scholars. The balcony room carries out on three sides of the door. The walls are paneled with polished black oak, decorated with floral motifs. The central stained glass called "Gabriel Bethlen among scholars" has as subject the Transylvanian prince and the other two present life aspects of Prince Francis Rákóczi II.

The chandeliers falling harmonious overall space discreetly illuminate the room so as not to disturb the atmosphere that the concert room emit. Over time there have been concerts were plays were staged and used as a rehearsal room for the Conservatory. In the modern era, it proved to be a large space for communication sessions, symposiums, and musical evenings.



The interwar period was painted in a few encompassing sentences, which refers at the place of the  Palace of Culture in the city life, as the man of letters Vasile Netea mentions in his memoirs:
"It appears Maximilian Costin, a man of art, musicologist, and writer, director of the Conservatory of Music, disciple, and biographer of George Enescu.

Professor Vancea Octav Zeno, a native of Banat, student of Ion Vidu who - later settled in Bucharest – achieved a brilliant career as a composer and musical ideologue.

Aurel Ciupe painter – settled in Cluj as a first hand artist - about whose exhibitions I would write my first rave plastics. Among the Conservatory students is Constantin Silvestri, future conductor. The conferences of Sulica, rich in their erudition and originality, are considered as indisputable local cultural events, Maximilian Costin's concerts - author of some of the compositions, and Octav Zeno Vancea, they all filled the Palace Hall. Mrs. Olga Costin - Maximilian's wife - was also an excellent pianist, so from a musical point of view, Targu Mures was a true musical metropolis."



Referring to the Small Hall, Netea makes a reference to a reminiscent episode of 1934: "Obviously, the  writers group in Targu Mures surrounded Maximilian Costin, also asking N.D. Cocea, who had evil eyes and a shiny bald as Cincinat Pavelescu, to deliver a lecture about satirical literature and freedom of the artist. The conference, at which associated Professor Gh. Bronzetti to praise the lecturer, was held in the Small Hall of the Palace of Culture (...) To the feast participated lawyer Ion Gheorghe Maurer, without suspecting that we had the honor of being with a future president of the Council of Ministers of the Socialist Republic of Romania". Laureate of the Romanian Academy cultivated and erudite, Vasile Netea who lived in all corners of Romania brings a tribute to his soul town:
"City of my childhood and youth, city of big dreams, city of the first confrontations with life and people, one of his many spiritual children, now entered in the old age, welcomes you with his old awe, with forever love, with admiration for all the brilliance and power that represents the contemporary force - the future."