New York, NY: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Country: United States of America
State: New York
City: New York
Borough: Manhattan
Location: Broadway / West 65th Street

Largest cultural complex for the performing arts in the world. Planning phase: 1955-1962. First building opened 23 Sep 1962 (Philharmonic Hall). Lincoln Center Fountain by Philip Johnson opened 6 Apr 1964. Henry Moore's sculpture "Reclining Figure" on North Plaza presented 1 Sep 1965. Alexander Calder's sculpture "Le Guichet" presented 15 Nov 1965. Plaza built 1964-1965 by Harrison & Abramovitz, rebuilt 1984-1985 by Lew Davis, renamed "Paul Milstein Plaza on 12 July 1997). Fountain Plaza renamed "Josie Robertson Plaza" on 15 Sep 1998.

The complex includes the following buildings:

  • David Geffen Hall: Built as "Philharmonic Hall" by Max Abramovitz. Opened 23 Sep 1962. Renamed "Avery Fisher Hall" on 18 Sep 1973. Renamed "David Geffen Hall" in 2015. Home to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 2738 seats. Located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at the corner of Columbus Avenue and 65th Street.
  • David H. Koch Theater: Built by Philip Johnson. Opened 23 Apr 1964 as "New York State Theater". 2008 renamed "David H. Koch Theater". Home to the New York City Opera (until 2011) and the New York City Ballet. 2755 seats. Located on the south side of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street.
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: Built by Eero Saarinen & Associates. Opened 21 Oct 1965. One of the venues of the Lincoln Center Theater. 1200 seats. Located at the northwest corner the Lincoln Center Plaza, at West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. 2012 amended by the Claire Tow Theater, a studio theatre with 112 seats sitting on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
  • Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater: Built as "Forum" by Eero Saarinen & Associates. Opened 14 Oct 1965. Renamed "Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater" on 21 May 1973. One of the venues of the Lincoln Center Theater. 299 seats. Located at the northwest corner of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • New York Public Library & Museum of the Performing Arts (Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center): Built by Gordon Bunshaft. Opened 30 Nov 1965.
  • Metropolitan Opera House: Built by Wallace K. Harrison. Opened 16 Sep 1966. Home to the Metropolitan Opera Company. 3800 seats. Located at the center of the Lincoln Center Plaza, behind the Fountain, at Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th Streets.
  • Damrosch Park / Guggenheim Band Shell: Built by Eggers & Higgins. Opened 22 May 1969. Located at the southwest corner of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Alice Tully Hall: Built by Pietro Belluschi with Helge Westermann and Eduardo Catalano. Pipe organ by Theodor Kuh. Opened 11 Sep 1969. Home to the Juilliard Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 1096 seats. Located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and 65th Street.
  • Juilliard School: Built by Pietro Belluschi with Helge Westermann and Eduardo Catalano. Opened 26 Oct 1969. The building includes four halls, Juilliard Theater (1026 seats), Drama Theater (200 seats), Morse Recital Hall (278 seats), and Paul Recital Hall. Located on 65th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
  • Samuel B. and David Rose Building: Built by Lew Davis, Brody & Associates/Abramovitz, Harris & Kingsland. Opened 19 Nov 1990. Located at 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. On its 7th floor, there is the Clark Studio Theater. Opened 20 Feb 1992. 120 seats.
  • Walter Reade Theater: Cinema, opened 3 Dec 1991. Home to the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 268 seats. Located at West 65th Street, plaza level, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Frederick P. Rose Hall: Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on the fifth floor of the Time Warner Center, at Broadway and 60th Street, adjacent to Columbus Circle. It inlcudes three halls: Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola as well as the Irene Diamond Education Center and Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Other performance spaces in the neighbourhood used by Lincoln Center are: Church of St. Ignatius de Loyola, City Center, Fordham University Theater, John Jay College Theater, La Guardia Concert Hall, La Guardia Drama Theater, Makor Foundation, New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Lincoln Center is home to the following institutions and festivals:

  • American Songbook
  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • The Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Great Performers
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • The Juilliard School
  • Lincoln Center Festival
  • Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education
  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  • Lincoln Center Presents
  • Lincoln Center Theater
  • Live from Lincoln Center
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Midsummer Night Swing
  • Mostly Mozart
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Opera
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Reel to Real
  • The School of American Ballet

Links: www.lincolncenter.org, Wikipedia

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[New York, NY: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts] Picture: very left: David H. Koch Theater, middle: Metropolitan Opera House, right: David Geffen Hall, around Josie Robertson Plaza
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[New York, NY: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts] Picture: around Josie Robertson Plaza, left: David H. Koch Theater, middle: Metropolitan Opera House, right: David Geffen Hall, between Metropolitan Opera House and David Geffen Hall: Vivian Beaumont Theater and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
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