A rendering of the renovated David Geffen Hall showing the orchestra on stage and the audience sitting in the round
Rendering of the reimagined David Geffen Hall. Coming Fall 2022.

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic have accelerated the renovation of David Geffen Hall, which will re-open in Fall 2022. The Philharmonic will hold our 2021–22 season concerts at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Three goals underlie all the planning and aspirations for the project: to create a premier home for the New York Philharmonic, to welcome and better connect with our communities, and support the comeback of New York City.

The reimagination of the new David Geffen Hall will reflect both the essential role that the arts play in our lives, as well as the comeback of the most dynamic city in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am a New York Philharmonic subscriber. What will happen to my seats?

    The 2021–22 subscription season will take place in Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Priority seating for Curated Subscribers will be made available through presale access in June for the 2021–22 season, during which time the New York Philharmonic Customer Relations team will assist with seating locations in these two venues.

    The New York Philharmonic will return to David Geffen Hall for the 2022–23 season, at which point Curated Subscribers will be able to renew their original seats, or the closest available equivalent. The New York Philharmonic’s Customer Relations team will contact any subscriber whose seating is affected, and work with you to secure comparable seating. We are confident that every seat in the reimagined hall will be an upgrade, both acoustically and visually.

    For further questions, please contact Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656, or customerservice@nyphil.org.

  • What changes are being made to improve sightlines and acoustics?

    The number of seats will be reduced from 2,738 to 2,200 in order to optimize acoustics and be much closer to the originally intended capacity.

    The stage is moving forward by 25 feet, with all seats being closer to the stage, plus the addition of wrap-around seating surrounding the orchestra, providing acoustical and visual intimacy for the entire audience. This is similar to the staging for Mostly Mozart Festival.

    Sightlines will improve by restoring the original 1962 steeper seating rake (incline) on the orchestra level while also improving accessibility throughout the hall.

  • What changes are being made to the public spaces?

    The lobby will double in size, welcoming the community to convene, connect, and socialize in a more comfortable setting.

    Additional performance spaces, including The Sidewalk Studio, will create dynamic opportunities for intimate performances and educational activities to engage the community.

    There will be two new Patron Lounges.

    The addition of a new Welcome Center will provide event information and ticketing services.

  • Will there be improvements to accessibility?

    Creating an accessible experience for all artists and guests is at the forefront in planning the reimagined David Geffen Hall. State-of-the-art assistive listening technology will be installed. There will be more accessible seating locations in varying positions throughout the hall and additional accessible restrooms.

  • Where will the Box Office be located while David Geffen Hall is closed for construction?

    The primary box office for the 2021–22 season will be located at Alice Tully Hall.

  • Where can I find out more?

    Visit workinginconcert.info for further information.