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David Geffen Donates $100 Million for Naming Rights to Lincoln Center Venue

David Geffen has donated $100 million for the renovation of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, which will be renamed for the showbiz mogul in the fall.

Lincoln Center is in the midst of a $500 million fundraising campaign for the overhaul of the venue designed by Max Abramovitz that opened in 1962 and is home to the New York Philharmonic. The revamped David Geffen Hall will house a new Lincoln Center Hall of Fame when it opens in September with the kickoff of the Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season.

“As a native New Yorker, I recognize that Lincoln Center is a beacon to artists and musicians around the world,” Geffen said. “To be involved with such a beloved and iconic institution is deeply satisfying.”

The original hall was the first building in the Lincoln Center campus to open its doors. It was originally dubbed Philharmonic Hall and in 1973 was named after audio technology pioneer Avery Fisher. Fisher’s children cut a deal with Lincoln Center officials last November to allow for the naming rights to be put up for grabs in order to help fund the renovation.

“The new David Geffen Hall will be a superb venue for classical music and a place that will inspire innovations in how audiences enjoy music for years to come,” said Lincoln Center prexy Jed Bernstein.

Geffen’s other major philanthropic gifts have included the seed money for the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and the endowment of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

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