New York Philharmonic on the move during Geffen Hall renovations

Posted on: October 4, 2021

“With the Philharmonic’s home, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, in the midst of a $550 million renovation, the orchestra is plunging into its new season as an orchestra without a hall of its own,” writes Adam Nagourney in Friday’s (10/1) New York Times. After a concert at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the orchestra “prepared to head to its next temporary home: the Rose Theater, a few blocks south. ‘We are nomads,’ Jaap van Zweden, the orchestra’s music director, said…. This 2021-2022 season is shaping up as a militarylike exercise of logistics, dexterity and scheduling. For each move, over the course of 86 concerts in four main locations, six crew members will have to pack up to 30 cases of instruments and equipment and load them into a 24-foot-long truck for hauls that will range from five blocks (from Tully to the Rose) to three miles (Riverside Church) and later in the season to its old home, Carnegie Hall. The cargo includes eight cellos, six double basses, and six timpani…. Musicians who play smaller instruments will move them themselves…. Geffen Hall has been stripped to its bones … until [reopening in] October 2022.”