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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Center is the mecca of performing arts in New York City. The 16.3-acre complex is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. On any given day, the cultural destination offers numerous performances from world-class musicians, actors, opera singers, dancers, and more. Lincoln Center is home to 11 arts institutions: Lincoln Center Theatre, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and School of American Ballet. There are 15 performance venues in total, and Lincoln Center Theater’s spaces include Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, and two Off-Broadway spaces, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and the Claire Tow Theater. The sprawling complex provides many photo ops, including The Revson Fountain and one the complex’s newest additions The Hypar Pavilion, an undulating turf-covered rooftop.
  • Fun Facts About Lincoln Center
  • The Revson Fountain, which sits at the heart of the complex, has appeared on the silver screen in films such as “The Producers,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
  • The crystal chandeliers that rise above the auditorium at the Metropolitan Opera were a gift from the Austrian government.
  • LED lights are embedded behind the walls of Alice Tully Hall, which slowly change from light orange to bright red at concert time.
  • A total of 57 people work backstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater to help coordinate the costumes, scenery, and lighting for New York City Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”
Notable Shows and Performances: George Balanchine's “The Nutcracker,” a perennial favorite presented by the New York City Ballet, premiered in 1954. “The Light in the Piazza” opened on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2005. The Metropolitan Opera presented the U.S. premieres of Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” “Das Rheingold,” “Siegfried,” “Götterdämmerung,” “Tristan und Isolde,” and “Parsifal.”
New York, NY 10023
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