The New York Philharmonic's home, now called David Geffen Hall, has finally reopened. It has been 60 years since the grandly disappointing opening of Philharmonic Hall,

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50 years since the first failed attempt to improve the acoustics, 30 years since the second failed attempt to fix what was then called Avery

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Fisher Hall, and 18 years since planning began for a third try. This time, there was neither a half measure nor a three-quarter measure:

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The building's insides have been taken out and replaced with new ones. This makes it almost like a whole new building wrapped around its skeleton

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and inside its shell. On opening day, this afternoon, people who had never been there before

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and people who remembered how its old sound was sometimes loud and overpowering and sometimes quiet

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and far away came ready to judge the acoustics. Did the auditorium's complicated shape make it possible for the different sounds

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the orchestra to stay separate while also coming together in a colourful tapestry of sound? Did the music draw people in instead of yelling at them from far away?

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The results of the first tests were both tentatively good and definitely not clear. The first band to play was Etienne Charles' jazz combo.

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An offstage sound engineer kept the right balance between his trumpet, flute, sax, drums, piano, electric guitar, and upright bass.

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