Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Avery Fisher Hall - Mostly Mozart Festival
Stage Before Installation
Preparing the Stage
Installing the Canopy
Rendering of Existing
Rendering of Proposed Extension
Rendering of Proposed Extension with Canopy
Rendering of Existing Stage Plan
Rendering of Proposed Stage Plan 
Rendering of Proposed Section
Client:Lincoln Center Redevelopment
Project Category:Renovation and Restoration
Completion Year:2005
Location:New York, New York
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden
Capacity:2,750 seats
The temporary transformation for the Mostly Mozart Festival was first unveiled in August 2005 and has been repeated, to critical and popular acclaim, to the present day. A temporary stage installation designed specifically for the Festival places audience members onstage, both on the sides and behind the musicians. The transformation is remarkable. The orchestra has been moved 30' out into the hall on a platform that extends over what are normally the first eleven rows of seats. Where the stage used to be, and on both sides of the orchestra, there are now 250 seats in tiered rows facing the conductor.  

A temporary canopy is suspended above the new orchestra location to provide acoustical reflections to help the musicians hear themselves, and visually reduces the height of the room. A new ring of silk-shaded lighting pendants and a bold red Brazilian bloodwood floor give the stage a warm gentle glow.