Northeastern is leasing the Cohen Wing of Boston’s Symphony Hall for “student dining, ‘grab ‘n go’ meal distribution, and student collaboration,” according to a letter from Northeastern administrators sent to the Boston Planning and Development Agency July 16. The university intends to use approximately 14,000 square feet of the space for a six-month period, from Aug. 15 to Feb. 14, 2021.
Northeastern Media Relations did not respond to inquiries about the exact use of this space, but the letter states that “no additional use for this space is anticipated at this time” …
In other words, with the orchestra idle all winter, they may as well rent out the hall.
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UPDATE: The BSO would like to clarify that the Cohen Wing (251 Huntington Avenue), which is attached to Symphony Hall is a different building and has a separate address from Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue) The use of the Cohen Wing has no impact on audiences or whether the orchestra is playing in Symphony Hall or not. Also, the current agreement, still in negotiation, is through December, with an option to extend to be decided in November.