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David Geffen Concert Hall
A rendering of the refurbed concert hall. (Courtesy of Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic)

Major Refurb Planned For New York’s David Geffen Concert Hall

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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — The New York Philharmonic, and Lincoln Center have unveiled plans for a $550 million reimagining of the iconic David Geffen concert hall and its related public spaces.

The revised concert hall will be based on a “single-room” concept, eliminating the proscenium and moving the stage forward by 25 feet. The new hall will feature flexible seating and staging but will see an overall reduction in capacity by 500 seats to 2,200.

The hall will also feature a steeper rake on the orchestra level that is intended to improve both acoustics and sightlines at the venue, as well as enhanced access for patrons with disabilities.

“As a veteran of two major concert hall projects, I can say that the clear goals, the rigorous planning, and the actual design for the new David Geffen Hall give me confidence that this will be a singular success. The partnership we have formed with Lincoln Center is very real and very critical to all that is occurring. At long last, David Geffen Hall will be a superb and connected musical venue,” said Deborah Borda, President, and CEO of the New York Philharmonic.

The planned upgrades will also see David Geffen Hall’s main lobby will double in size and open up on three sides to connect with the campus; a new Welcome Center on Broadway will offer an entry to Lincoln Center for the public.

Union Square Hospitality Group is serving as consultants for food and beverage planning in the new David Geffen Hall, which will include new casual restaurants that will be opened throughout the day and after concerts

Diamond Schmitt Architects, led by Gary McCluskie, has been retained to design the concert hall.

Of the estimated $550 million construction for the project, Lincoln Center and the New York Phil said they have already secured approximately 2/3rds or $360 million.

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