History of Lincoln Center: the 1980s

  • July 1, 1980
    The Lincoln Center Theater Company becomes a constituent.

  • June 1, 1981
    Martin E. Segal is elected Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until June 2, 1986.

  • September 7, 1982
    The New York State Theater re-opens after an acoustical reconstruction. The architects for the reconstruction are Philip Johnson and John Burgee of Johnson/Burgee; the acoustician is Dr. Cyril Harris.

  • March 1, 1983
    Glenn W. Ferguson is named the fifth President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until January 15, 1984.

  • March 12, 1984
    Nathan Leventhal is named the sixth President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until December 31, 2000.

  • June 2, 1986
    George Weissman is elected Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until June 13, 1994.

  • June 23, 1986
    The Martin E. Segal Award for Young Performers is established.

  • May 4, 1987
    The School of American Ballet becomes a constituent.

  • August 3, 1987
    Classical Jazz, Lincoln Center's first concert series devoted exclusively to jazz, begins in Alice Tully Hall.

  • July 7, 1989
    Midsummer Night Swing begins as a celebration of Lincoln Center's 30th Anniversary