**** the Oscars! Alice Tully Hall Reopens!

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**** the Oscars! Alice Tully Hall Reopens!

blog_alicetully.jpgFor a lot of people, yesterday was Academy Awards Sunday: An excuse to ogle designer dresses, speculate on stars’ plastic surgery and order in moo shoo pork. But for a certain sector of New Yorkers, February 23 marked a very different event — the reopening of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall after a 22-month renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. While the fashion on display was more Eileen Fisher (well, this is the Upper West Side) than Dior, the musical performances involved nary a snatch of Mamma Mia! nor a single top hat.

blog_alicetully2.jpgThe night’s eclectic program, which ranged from 15th century Sephardic music to a 1999 Osvaldo Golijov piece, kept things livelier than a passel of Bollywood dancers. The crowd went wild for Leon Fleisher’s performance of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue (he’s the great pianist who fell victim to a rare neurological disorder, lost the use of his left hand for four decades, and made an astonishing comeback just two years ago).

We loved the soaring, glass-enclosed lobby-cum-cafe; the auditorium’s terrific acoustics, the firm yet comfy seats and the LED-illuminated wood “skin” inside the hall that imparts a rosy glow.

In short, it made us proud to be New Yorkers. And we were even home in time to see  Barbara Walters try to out Hugh Jackman.

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Photos by Richard Termine, courtesy of Lincoln Center

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