Donor of concert hall
NEW YORK -- Alice Tully, who devoted her life to music and gave New York the concert hall that bears her name, died yesterday in her apartment overlooking Central Park. She was 91.
Miss Tully, who suffered a stroke two years ago, had become ill Monday with a fever, said her lawyer, James McGarry.
Born to wealth, she pursued a singing career in her youth as a dramatic soprano, performing in Europe and the United States between the world wars.
She came forward, at first anonymously, with most of the $4.5 million it took to build a chamber music recital hall in the new Lincoln Center. Drawing on her knowledge of concert houses as a performer and spectator, she influenced the hall's look and its amenities. She also helped form its resident company.
When Alice Tully Hall opened on Sept. 11, 1969, Miss Tully's 67th birthday, critics rated the 1,096-seat auditorium as among the best of its kind in the nation.
Miss Tully, born in Corning, was a granddaughter of Amory Houghton Jr., who founded the Corning Glass Works. Her father was a lawyer and two-term New York state senator; Katharine Hepburn was a second cousin.
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