Geffen Hall rebuild speeded due to virus, reopen in fall '22
The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts are accelerating the reconstruction of Geffen Hall because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and plan to reopen the auditorium in fall of 2022, about 1 1/2 years ahead of the original schedule.
New York Philharmonic cancels entire 2020-21 season
NEW YORK – The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. Orchestra musicians are receiving 75% of base pay, which comes to a weekly total of about $2,200, and some pay over scale has been restored. Borda said she hopes the full orchestra can resume performances next summer with performances in New York City parks and its residency in Vail, Colorado. The Metropolitan Opera, which initially hoped to reopen on Dec. 31, called off its entire 2020-21 season on Sept. 23. Tickets for the current Philharmonic season will be credited for 2021-22, or buyers may ask for refunds or donate the value.
NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild
NEW YORK The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start of Geffen Halls reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestras absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Wednesday that she hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6. While the Vienna Philharmonic resumed performances in Austria last weekend with just 100 people in the audience, U.S. orchestras cant afford to perform without ticket revenue. People say, well, the European orchestras are doing this, how come the American orchestras arent? Another $9 million in ticket revenue will be lost due to the cancellation of the fall season.