Lincoln Center

Go to fullsize imageLincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center.

Located on 16.3 acres in New York City, the Lincoln Center complex's comprised of 12 Resident Organizations, & Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.'s one of those 12. The 11 other organizations're The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, & the School of American Ballet. Each organization has its own administration and its own board of directors. Together, these 12 institutions present thousands of performances, educational programs, tours & other events each year in 22 separate performance venues on the Lincoln Center campus.

Since Lincoln Center 1st opened its doors, it has been a major contributor to NYC’s cultural & intellectual life, with an internationally recognized dedication to artistic excellence.

Perhaps less apparent is the extent to which Lincoln Center serves as a dynamic economic engine for the region, hosting some five million visitors annually and transforming the Upper West Side into an exciting neighborhood that is now one of NY’s most desirable places in which to live & work.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (LCPA) is one of the 12 Resident Organizations of Lincoln Center, and serves three primary roles:
LCPA's the world’s leading presenter of performing arts. Its series (“Lincoln Center Presents”) include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. These programs offer more than 400 performances of music, opera, theater, dance, and multi-media events each year, ranging from authentic kabuki theater and dance premieres from world-renowned choreographers to traditional Iranian theater; outdoor dancing to live music on Josie Robertson Plaza; opera performed with life-size puppets; and free performances of Korean drumming and African dance. In the 2005–-06 season alone, these events brought more than 3,000 artists from every corner of the globe to Lincoln Center. In addition, Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center telecasts, the only series of live broadcast performances on American television today, extend the reach of Lincoln Center to millions of Americans nationwide.

LCPA is an international leader in arts and education and community relations, taking a wide range of activities beyond its concert halls through its educational arm, Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), as well as offering arts-related symposia, family programming, and other community initiatives. LCI’s programs serve more than 200,000 students enrolled in over 400 schools grades K-12 throughout the metropolitan area and across the nation. In addition, educational institutes in Australia, China, Mexico, and South Africa incorporate the Institute’s model into their curricula. In the community, LCPA expands it presence with a host of initiatives to make the arts more accessible, including Meet the Artist, the Young Music Makers community band program, and Programs and Services for People with Disabilities.

LCPA is manager of the Lincoln Center campus, providing support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its Resident Organizations. LCPA maintains and improves the complex’s facilities, coordinating such services as the Performing Arts Shop, security, and parking for the benefit of millions of patrons, visitors, and employees annually. On behalf of the Resident Organizations, LCPA is also leading a major capital, campus-wide redevelopment project, for which construction began in spring of 2006.

Highlights of 2006–07 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. Events (Lincoln Center Presents):

  • A landmark, multi-media staging of Wagner’s complete opera, Tristan und Isolde
  • The hottest American Songbook stars, ranging from rapper Mos Def to classic song stylist Betty Buckley, and music from Bob Dylan to Sinatra and beyond
  • A rare, ten-part film series on Glenn Gould, one of the 20th century’s most unconventional piano virtuosos
  • The Kirov Opera led by Valery Gergiev in a groundbreaking, all-Russian production of Wagner’s complete masterpiece, Der Ring Des Niebelungen
  • Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center telecasts reaching out to 35 million viewers
  • 100,000 happy feet kicking up their heels under the stars to the sounds of Big Band Swing, Tango, Salsa, Disco, and Funk
  • Dance premieres by such celebrated choreographers as Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, and Trisha Brown
  • A digital public art installation of Mozart’s music using more than a quarter-million lines of computer code
  • The New York premiere of an opera by Broadway’s Academy Award-winning director, Julie Taymor
  • Free outdoor concerts for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers by legends like Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Ricky Skaggs, and Garth Fagan and Martha Graham Dance

Transforming Lincoln Center
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