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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3 acre (61,000 m²) complex of buildings in New York City which serves as home for 12 arts organizations: 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, School of America Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. It was built during Robert Moses' program of urban renewal in the 1960s, by a consortium led by, and under the initiative of, John D. Rockefeller 3rd. It was the first gathering of major cultural institutions into a centralized location in a United States city, and is located between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues and between West 62nd and 66th Streets on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Lincoln Center cultural institutions also make use of facilities located away from the main campus. In 2004 Lincoln Center was expanded through the addition of Jazz at Lincoln Center's newly built facilities (Frederick P. Rose Hall) at the new Time Warner Center, located a few blocks to the south. In March 2006 Lincoln Center launched construction on a major redevelopment plan that will modernize, renovate, and open up the Lincoln Center campus in time for its 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (also called "Lincoln Center Presents" or LCPA) is one of the 12 resident organization listed above, and serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of more than 400 events annually, its programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center.

In July 2006, LCPA announced it will join with publishing company John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to publish at least 15 books, which will focus on performing arts, and will draw on Lincoln Center Institute’s educational background and archives. [1]

In March 2006, and continuing through 2009, Lincoln Center launched the 65th Street Project, a redevelopment plan to create a new pedestrian promenade designed to improve accessibility and the aesthetics of that area of the campus.[2][3]


[edit] Performance facilities

[edit] Other associated and local theatres and facilities

Lincoln Center and public art: Nancy Rubins's Big Pleasure Point, August 2006

[edit] Resident Organizations

Lincoln Center houses several cultural companies and institutions, including:

[edit] Architects

Architects who designed buildings at Lincoln Center include:

[edit] Historical events

  • April 21, 1955 - Lincoln Square designated for urban renewal.
  • June 22, 1956 - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. incorporated.
  • May 14, 1959 - Ground breaking ceremony with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • September 23, 1962 - Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) opened.
  • April 6, 1964 - Lincoln Center Fountain opened.
  • April 23, 1964 - New York State Theater opened.
  • October 14, 1965 - Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Forum (now Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater) opened.
  • November 30, 1965 - The Library & Museum of the Performing Arts opened.
  • September 16, 1966 - The Metropolitan Opera House opened.
  • September 11, 1969 - Alice Tully Hall opened.
  • October 26, 1969 - Juilliard School opened.
  • October 19, 1976 - Avery Fisher Hall re-opened after renovation to improve acoustics.
  • December 4, 1981 - The Big Apple Circus performed at its winter home in Damrosch Park for the first time. The circus has performed every winter at Lincoln Center ever since.
  • September 7, 1982 - New York State Theater re-opened after renovation to improve acoustics.
  • May 22, 1969 - Damrosch Park and the Guggenheim Band Shell opened.
  • September 2, 1986 - Former Jewish Defense League National Chairman Chaim Ben Pesach throws a tear gas grenade during a performance of Soviet ballet in the Metropolitan Opera House as a protest against the Soviet practice of not letting its Jews emigrate to Israel.
  • November 19, 1990 - The Samuel B. and David Rose Building opened; houses the Walter Reade Theater, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Rehearsal Studio, the Clark Studio Theater, and Juilliard School student residences, as well as office space for a number of the member organizations.
  • December 3, 1991 - The Walter Reade Theater opened within the previously completed Samuel B. and David Rose Building.
  • July 12, 1997 - The Paul Milstein Plaza dedicated.
  • October 18, 2004 - Jazz at Lincoln Center opened.
  • March 2006 - Preliminary construction on the West 65th Street Project begins
  • June 8, 2006 - Plans for Lincoln Center to transform the nearby Harmony Atrium into a public space for the arts open to the public, neighbors, students, and Lincoln Center patrons are announced.
  • June 12, 2006 - The Lincoln Center Promenade initiative to revitalize Lincoln Center's Columbus Avenue frontage and the iconic Josie Robertson Plaza is unveiled.
  • August 20, 2006 - Paul Milstein Plaza dismantled as part of 65th Street Redevelopment project.

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