Lincoln Center now a more inviting presence

Posted on: January 4, 2011

In Saturday’s (1/1) New York Times, Anthony Tommasini writes about multiple aspects of Lincoln Center’s $1.2 billion renovation, which is 90 percent complete: “While trudging up a snowy Broadway sidewalk Tuesday night en route to a concert by the New York Philharmonic, I ducked into the new David Rubenstein Atrium just north of 62nd Street and was surprised to find the place hopping. … On this wintry night, with much of the city still being dug out, there were people in the atrium just gathered there, working on laptops, having a snack and chatting. … As someone who grew up going to Lincoln Center in its early years (if I remember, my first Philharmonic concert at what was then Philharmonic Hall was in 1964), I am delighted and surprised that the center has been able to make itself so much more inviting, to blend into the neighborhood. … The major question that still hovers over Lincoln Center is what to do about Avery Fisher Hall. The Philharmonic, which opened Lincoln Center with a concert in 1962, has long been dissatisfied with it. On any given night, when the Philharmonic is inspired, the orchestra can sound terrific in that space. Still, the acoustics are nothing special…”

Posted January 4, 2011