Liz Diller Is Tone Deaf

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

Or so she just told WNYC. The clip was aired during Morning Edition, but as Soterios Johnson (LOVE HIM!) directed us to the web for a complete recap and more, the interview actually appears to be from yesterday’s episode of Soundcheck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find the full clip above, as well as a video tour after the jump. And as Johnson gamely noted, be sure to tune in Sunday for the building’s debut performance, which will air live. Think those improved acoustics carry over to radio.

If this weren’t enough, Soundcheck host Jonathan Schaefer shares his thoughts on the Alice Tully on the Soundcheck Blog:

Alice Tully Hall is in exactly the same place as it always was; the renovation was unable to change the “footprint” of the hall within the larger building, or to move walls or even seats. These restrictions make the changes that have been made all the more impressive. The vaguely modernist look of the hall has changed to an organic warmth.

[...]

It used to be that walking into Alice Tully Hall was like boarding a submarine – there was no natural light to speak of, and the lobby had all the charm of a Knights of Columbus hall. Now, everything is glass; you can see across 65th Street, or out to Broadway. It’s a phenomenon familiar to any NYC apartment dweller: you don’t realize how important natural light is to an apartment until you finally get a place that actually has it. Then you wonder how you ever lived in the half-lit dingy old place of yours for so long.

Obviously, Mr. Schaefer is a Manhattanite. We’ve got plenty of sky here in Brooklyn. Lincoln Centers, not so much, though. We’ll call it a draw.

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