New York Philharmonic Concert Hall at Lincoln Center to Undergo Major Renovation

By Jeremy Del Nero on 4 December 2019
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The New York Philharmonic’s concert hall at Lincoln Center will undergo yet another renovation in an attempt to “reimagine” the auditorium and improve its much-maligned acoustics.

Originally named Philharmonic Hall, it was renamed Avery Fisher Hall in 1973 in honor of philanthropist Avery Fisher, who donated $10.5 million ($59 million in 2019 dollars) to the orchestra.  It underwent a major renovation in 1976 and a second smaller renovation in 1992, both times to address acoustical issues that had existed since its opening.

The Fisher name was removed in 2014 in order to sell the naming rights to help raise $500 million to refurbish the hall.  It was renamed David Geffen Hall in 2015 after Geffen donated $100 million to Lincoln Center.

The renovation will take place during the 2023-2024 season, which will cause the New York Philharmonic to relocate during that time period.  The capacity of the hall will be reduced by over 500 seats.  Much of the third tier will be eliminated, the rows in the orchestra will be reduced from 43 to 33, and the auditorium floor rake will be increased. The plans also call for the stage to be moved forward 25’ (7.6 m), which will allow the addition of seven rows of seating behind the orchestra. Finally, the distance from the last row of the orchestra to the stage will drop from 119’ (36 m) to 92’ (28 m).

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