In Tuesday’s (4/20) New York Times, Robin Pogrebin reports, “Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have decided to extend their operating agreement to give both parties more time to resolve questions about a renovation of the orchestra’s home, Avery Fisher Hall. With a new chairman at the Philharmonic, the investment banker Gary W. Parr, and an incoming chairwoman at Lincoln Center, the real estate executive Katherine G. Farley (who takes over in June), the organizations hope to make progress on the building project. It has been stalled since the orchestra board approved a redesign of Avery Fisher by the British architect Norman Foster in 2005. … The Philharmonic and Lincoln Center renewed for three years their existing constituency agreement, which was due to expire in June 2011. … During the period of the renewed agreement, the two parties will tackle several outstanding questions about the fate of Avery Fisher, which was originally designed by Max Abramovitz and opened as Philharmonic Hall in 1962. … Lincoln Center and the Philharmonic have each appointed a subcommittee to address these issues over the next three years. In the meantime, both groups have agreed to proceed with plans for some possible short-term upgrades to Avery Fisher, like repaired elevators and seat upholstery.”

Posted April 20, 2010