Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) รณ The New York Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United States, has decided to solve the acoustic problems at its concert hall by reconstructing the interior.
The Philharmonic is so bothered by the problems at Avery Fisher Hall, in Lincoln Center, that last year it tried to move to Carnegie Hall. Those plans fell apart.
The renovation, which could cost as much as $300 million, also calls for creating a more intimate setting and updating the hall's bars, restaurants and staircases, The New York Times reported in Thursday editions. The exterior will be left intact.
Work would not begin until 2009 and would require the Philharmonic to find another location for one or two seasons.
"We need to make the hall more livable, more attractive," said Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic's executive director. "There's nothing wrong with bringing it into the 21st century. New York deserves that." The orchestra and Lincoln Center would share in the fund-raising efforts.

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