Friday, October 30, 2015

New York Philharmonic May Be Headed to the East Side


The New York Philharmonic may move into the Hunter College auditorium during the planned two-year renovation of David Geffen Hall in 2019. Both sides say it's a strong possibility, although Hunter's 2,000-seat facility, located at East 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, would first need some $25 million worth of renovations.

The orchestra still needs to raise an additional $400 million for the renovation of its home base. And since the first $100 million came from David Geffen, for whom the hall is now named, future naming opportunities for other large gifts would seem severely limited.

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab has confirmed "serious conversations" about the move; Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien concurs.