A new, improved Alice Tully Hall

Posted on: January 30, 2009

3771-lead.pngIn a front-page story in Wednesday’s (1/28) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin reports, “With giddiness and glee, musicians tested the acoustics of the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, less than a month before it reopens after a $159 million, 22-month upgrade, a major milestone in Lincoln Center’s $1.2 billion remaking. … The musicians, acoustical experts and Lincoln Center officials in attendance all proclaimed the hall much more present, alive and reverberant than the old Tully.” Commenting on the hall’s architecture in the February 2 issue of The New Yorker, Paul Goldberger writes, “Large sections of the surrounding Juilliard building have been renovated, and almost nothing about approaching, entering, and being inside the complex is the way it was. … Almost every change has made this building better—both more alive and more functional.” Goldberg states that the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro might have been a surprising choice initially, but “they have turned out to be exactly what the place needed. So far, their Lincoln Center work—which will include several additional phases of reconstruction, beyond Alice Tully—shows a rare talent for being assertive without being egotistical.” Other renovation work at Lincoln Center will be completed in stages over the next couple of years.

Rendering: Diller Scofidio + Renfro