NY Philharmonic launches hall renovation

After a false start four years ago, the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center have launched a $550 million project to rebuild the orchestra’s venue, David Geffen Hall, long derided as a cavernous space with mediocre acoustics.

The new plan calls for extension of a terraced stage into a hall with about 2,200 seats (500 fewer than the present capacity) surrounding the stage, all seats less than 100 feet from the orchestra. Deborah Borda, the philharmonic’s president, says the reconfiguration will produce “a much more real, visceral reaction” of listeners to performances.

The projected completion date is March 2024, The New York Times’ Michael Cooper and Robin Pogrebin report (the picture is an artist’s rendering of the redesigned hall):

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