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December 26, 2019IM -
After years of delays, plans are set to begin renovations of the New York Philharmonic’s David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in 2022. The renovation project will cost $550 million and is anticipated to be completed March 2024. There has been $360 million already raised.
Plans for the concert hall include acoustical improvements and more intimate aesthetics. More than 500 seats will be removed, the stage will be pulled forward, and new seating will wrap around the sides and back of the stage—bringing 90% of the seats within 100 feet of the performers. Upper tiers will be rebuilt with seats facing toward the stage and the orchestra will be seated on stepped risers, making players at the back more visible. Acoustically, walls will be resurfaced to improve resonance.
In 2015, a $100 million donation from David Geffen initiated the project and gave the hall its name—construction stalled, however, due to logistical problems. Part of the issue was concern over displacing the orchestra for multiple years. Under the current plan, although some adjustments to season scheduling will be made during the first year of construction, the philharmonic will only be fully displaced in the second year. The orchestra, whose musicians are members of Local 802 (New York City), will perform temporarily at Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and other locations around the city.