New York Philharmonic Will Open Geffen Hall Two Years Ahead of Schedule

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After decades of false starts, Covid-19 allowed a construction blitz on the $550 million David Geffen Hall.

April 11, 2022
James Tarmy - Bloomberg

After decades of setbacks, the New York Philharmonic will finally perform in a gut-renovated concert hall in October.

“The key is—two years early—on budget and on schedule,” says a triumphant Deborah Borda, the president and chief executive officer of the New York Philharmonic, standing under a scaffold in what will be the completely revamped concert hall.

A happy ending was by no means guaranteed.

The venue, set at New York’s Lincoln Center, had problems almost as soon as its doors opened in 1962. Concertgoers and performers complained that the sound was muddy and deadening.



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