Lincoln Center - David Geffen Hall - New York Philharmonic

63rd Street at Columbus Avenue

David Geffen Hall is home to the New York Philharmonic and is located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, with main entrances facing the Plaza'a main fountain. New York Philharmonic concerts begin promptly at the announced starting ti... more

David Geffen Hall is home to the New York Philharmonic and is located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, with main entrances facing the Plaza'a main fountain. New York Philharmonic concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Ticketholders who come late will not be seated in the hall until after the conclusion of the first work on the program. We suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. That will give you ample time to find your seat, relax, read the Program Notes, and watch the musicians as they take the stage. Designed by Max Abramovitz, the hall opened in 1962 as the new home concert venue of the New York Philharmonic. In 1973 the hall was renamed for Avery Fisher, a member of the Philharmonic board of directors, following his $10.5 million donation to the orchestra, and in 2015 renamed for David Geffen after his generous support. The hall has a capacity of 2,738 seats, larger then originally intended, and the acoustics have been a source of controversy over the years. Robert C. Ehle succinctly states the issues surrounding the acoustics: "The seating capacity is large (around 2,600 seats) and the sidewalls ... more

David Geffen Hall is home to the New York Philharmonic and is located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, with main entrances facing the Plaza'a main fountain.

New York Philharmonic concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Ticketholders who come late will not be seated in the hall until after the conclusion of the first work on the program. We suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. That will give you ample time to find your seat, relax, read the Program Notes, and watch the musicians as they take the stage.

Designed by Max Abramovitz, the hall opened in 1962 as the new home concert venue of the New York Philharmonic. In 1973 the hall was renamed for Avery Fisher, a member of the Philharmonic board of directors, following his $10.5 million donation to the orchestra, and in 2015 renamed for David Geffen after his generous support.

The hall has a capacity of 2,738 seats, larger then originally intended, and the acoustics have been a source of controversy over the years. Robert C. Ehle succinctly states the issues surrounding the acoustics: "The seating capacity is large (around 2,600 seats) and the sidewalls are too far apart to provide early reflections to the center seats. The ceiling is high to increase reverberation time but the clouds are too high to reinforce early reflections adequately. The bass is weak because the very large stage does not adequately reinforce the low string instruments." In order to address the acoustic deficiencies as well as modernize some of the amenities, the hall is slated to undergo renovations in 2017. The shell of the building will be left intact and work will focus on improving the hall’s poor acoustics, modernizing patron amenities and reconfiguring the auditorium.

The hall is accessible through automated doors from the Josie Robertson Plaza, via the accessible ramp on the corner of 65th Street and Columbus Avenue, and from the handicapped parking area in the Lincoln Center Park-and-Lock Garage. Elevators on the concourse level, located to the left of the Cork Gallery from the West 65th Street entrance to the garage, provide access to the David Geffen Hall Box Office, Josie Robertson Plaza, and all levels of the concert hall. Security guards are posted in the area and available to assist all patrons.

Open 1 hour before showtime through intermission nightly and during matinees. The hall also features full-service bars with cocktails, wine, beer, coffee, sandwiches and snacks in the Promenade lobby.


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Lincoln Center - David Geffen Hall - New York Philharmonic is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The home of diverse cultural attractions, the Upper West side is sandwiched between Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. Both parks are excellent leisurely green spaces to spend a day. Central Park is especially notable, as it is New York’s "flagship" park. With over 843 acres of land, it is home to 275 species of birds. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day there too, as the park has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ball fields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.

In addition to being the most densely populated area of the United States, the Upper West Side is the home of several academic institutions and a litany of famous people too numerous to list here. The American Museum of Natural History is among the most notable museum in the neighborhood. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods including some magnificent dinosaur fossils. Other nearby cultural institutions worth checking out include the New York Historical Society, and the new Rose Center for Earth and Space which houses the Hayden Planetarium; the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence.

The Upper West Side also contains some of the greatest venues to hear classical music. There is the Metropolitan Opera House —one of the world’s leading opera companies since its opening in 1883—as well asAvery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the renowned New York City Opera. Additionally both The Julliard School and Fordham University grace the area.

You’re bound to get hungry while visiting the neighborhood, but fear not -there are plenty of famous places to nosh or grab some classic New York smoked salmon in the Upper West Side. There’s Zabar’s—a heavenly deli if there ever was one; Fairway Market which has a huge, gourmet selection of just about everything; Citarella, with fresh fish and much more; and Murray’s Sturgeon Shop—just to name a few. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, head to Prohibition, an upscale restaurant and bar. The interior, which invokes the glamour and romance of the Prohibition-Era style of the twenties and early thirties, helps create terrific ambience. All of this has made Prohibition a mainstay on the Upper West Side. There's also the takeout booth at Carmine's. Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of homestyle antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large; an entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. After your weekend mid-day meal, take a walk back through Riverside Park or stroll down Riverside Drive and admire the impressive monuments, grand apartment buildings, and views of the Hudson River, all while burning off a few calories of course.

Given the number of attractions and cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Upper West Side is an ideal location to spend your stay in New York. The charming Excelsior Hotel is located right near the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Meanwhile, the cozy and reasonably priced Belnord Hotel is another conveniently located option for the budget conscious traveler, as is the Comfort Inn Central Park West.

New York Philharmonic: Jonathan Cohen - Handel's Messiah

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New York Philharmonic: Jonathan Cohen - Handel's Messiah

New York Philharmonic: Jonathan Cohen - Handel's Messiah

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New York Philharmonic: Philip Smith - Holiday Brass

New York Philharmonic: Philip Smith - Holiday Brass

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New York Philharmonic: Constantine Kitsopoulos - Home Alone In Concert

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