Critic: fanciful and practical fixes for New York Philharmonic’s concert hall

Posted on: September 9, 2016

“Of course they need to fix the acoustics. And the architects and designers planning the coming gut renovation of David Geffen Hall must also make weighty decisions about a host of questions,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (9/8) New York Times. “But what about the little things that can make all the difference when it comes to creating a concert hall that people will fall in love with? … I have a few modest proposals…. Perhaps the Geffen Hall designers could fetch … some comfy chairs. (Plush, but not too plush: Few things are more distracting at a concert than snores.) … How about a little more space between the rows of seats? Restrooms. Lots of them. Especially for women…. How about locker rooms … for people to stow their bags and coats? … Risers. If you are lucky enough to score floor seats to see a great orchestra, it would be nice to be able to see that orchestra…. People could tell which woodwind player was actually creating that eerie effect…. If [the Philharmonic’s popular film-with-orchestra] programs are going to continue in the future, the orchestra should think about investing in a bigger screen—would Imax be possible?”

Posted September 9, 2016