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David Geffen Donates $100 Million To Lead Transformation of Philharmonic's Concert Home, To Be Renamed David Geffen Hall

Posted March 04, 2015

Avery Fisher Hall NY Philharmonic

In the word of New York Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, "Wow."

The New York Philharmonic is thrilled that music and media executive David Geffen has given $100 million to lead the transformation of the Philharmonic's concert home, which will become David Geffen Hall as of the Opening Night of our 2015–16 season on September 24, 2015.

Schafer added: "This remarkable gift will help pave the way for the Philharmonic to realize its vision in creating a revitalized hall suited to the excellence of this Orchestra. The gift also unlocks so many possibilities in the future. We are really excited by this inspired gift."

Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic, said: "We applaud David Geffen for making possible the creation of a dynamic new home for the New York Philharmonic here at Lincoln Center, something so paramount in helping us achieve our vision of an Orchestra for the 21st Century. We look forward to working together with Lincoln Center to create a revitalized hall that will allow us to imagine new possibilities, reflecting the way in which our art form and audiences are evolving, and that will inspire the great legacy of musicians and artists who will grace its stage."

"It was a quick yes for me," Geffen told The New York Times. "I’m a kid from Brooklyn — it’s a big deal. I watched them build this building."

(Photo: Julie Skarratt)