On Tuesday, May 6, Lincoln Center will hold a press conference announcing the special programming planned for the Alice Tully Hall opening celebration. The hall has been closed for some time now to allow for renovations, but is expected to reopen in early 2009 accompanied by a celebration starting February 22 and running until March 8. The conference, which will provide further information, will be held at 10 a.m. in Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center.
Although it is one of the most utilized venues, Alice Tully Hall is also one of the less recognized at Lincoln Center. It has not had a renovation since its opening in 1969 and construction will address several functional issues, including outdated public amenities and inadequate performer support. The hall will undergo a major aesthetic transformation as well, in an effort to make it more welcoming. A planned expansion to the east will offer a three-story all-glass lobby framed by The Julliard School’s new extension. The interior will feature a new palette of materials utilized to produce an intimate space for concerts. Alice Tully Hall will also be equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities for concerts, film showings, theater performances, and dance recitals.
Located on Broadway at 65th Street, the hall’s renovation is being managed by the Turner Construction Company. Pietro Belluschi, the original architect of The Julliard School, produced the plans for the improvements.