Avery Fisher Hall


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Avery Fisher Hall is a concert hall in New York City, and is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex. Avery Fisher Hall is the home of the New York Philharmonic, with a capacity of 2,738 seats.
Designed by Max Abramovitz, the hall opened in 1962 as Philharmonic Hall, as the new home concert venue of the New York Philharmonic, after the orchestra moved from Carnegie Hall. The hall was renamed for Avery Fisher, a member of the Philharmonic board of directors, following his US $10.5 million donation to the orchestra in 1973.
Avery Fisher Hall is used today for many events, both musical and non-musical.
For example, Avery Fisher Hall is a frequent location for graduation ceremonies for high schools and universities, such as New York Law School, Columbia University Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Stuyvesant High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, Polytechnic University of New York, Bronx High School of Science, Marymount Manhattan College, Juilliard School and St. George's University School of Medicine. Weddings are held there as well.
Another television concert from Avery Fisher Hall again featured Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in one of their Young People's Concerts, the first of the many Young People's Concerts televised from that venue (They had formerly been televised from Carnegie Hall). The program concentrated on concert hall acoustics, and, like the opening night concert, was shown over the CBS television network. Avery Fisher Hall was entitled "The Sound of a Hall". At that time, the building was still known as Philharmonic Hall. The PBS series Live from Lincoln Center continues to feature performances from Avery Fisher Hall.
In addition, Lincoln Center presents visiting orchestras in Avery Fisher Hall, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, as part of their "Great Performers" series.
Artists that have performed at the Avery Fisher Hall include Philip Glass, Queen, Tangerine Dream, Prince and The New Power Generation, among others.
Queen performed two shows at the hall during their Sheer Heart Attack Tour on February 16, 1975, the first at 8:00pm and the second at 11:30pm.