NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will return to Geffen Hall after a $550 million renovation on Oct. 7 with a concert led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden before an invited audience to thank healthcare, emergency and and building.
The program kicks off what the orchestra calls a “Home” festival, the Philharmonic Orchestra announced on Monday. The concert will feature “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; the New York premiere of a new work by Carlos Simon; “Juba” from Forence Price’s Symphony No. 4; the overture to “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini and the allegro from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Van Zweden will conduct a pair of free one-hour concerts on October 8, followed by the first four subscription concerts from October 12-18 with the world premiere of Marcos Balter’s “Oyá” for light, electronics and orchestra, John Adams’ ” My father knew Charles Ives”, “Stride” by Tania Tania León and “Pines of Rome” by Respighi.
The rebuilt hall will have a capacity of less than 2,200, down from 2,738, with the orchestra rows reduced from 43 to 33, and the stage moved forward 25 feet, allowing seven rows of wraparound seats behind the orchestra. About two-thirds of the third tier will be eliminated.
The concerts will stream for free in the lobby on a 50-foot-long digital wall, and the venue will include a new, small Sidewalk Studio.
Two galas are scheduled for October 26 and 28 to celebrate the reopening, with programs to be announced, followed by an open house on October 29 and 30.
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