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March 07, 2019

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Six Decades

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrates Six Decades


Groundbreaking of Leading Performing Arts Center
Marked by Free Block Party on the Plaza – Sat, May 4


NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2019) — This May, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) marks the 60th anniversary of the center’s groundbreaking. A bold idea at the time of its inception, Lincoln Center has grown to become home for eleven distinguished cultural organizations and is an international leader in arts education, serving more than 6 million people on campus annually and millions more through broadcast and digital channels.


A block party anchors the celebratory events on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, with free activities, performances, and community art-making from the constituent organizations that comprise Lincoln Center. Musical Director Sunny Jain will coordinate the day’s performances, leading a series of concerts on the plaza. Additional performances and details about the block party will be announced in the coming weeks.


“The spirit of community is central to Lincoln Center,” said incoming President and CEO, Henry Timms, whose tenure begins on May 6. “As we mark this anniversary and look to the future, we are so proud to bring together our phenomenal constituent organizations and invite all New Yorkers to celebrate the power of the performing arts across our campus.”


In front of a crowd of 12,000 and a TV audience of millions, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over Lincoln Center’s groundbreaking on May 14, 1959. He described it as “a great cultural adventure,” saying, in part, “Here will occur a true interchange of the fruits of national cultures. From this will develop a growth that will spread to the corners of the Earth, bringing with it the kind of human message that only individuals—not governments—can transmit.” The ceremony included a performance of the U.S. national anthem by the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard Chorus, as well as solo performances by singers from The Metropolitan Opera, with Leonard Bernstein as master of ceremonies. Additional history may be found in this photo and video slideshow and at


A Diamond Jubilee Gala fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 5:30 pm. The evening will honor four families who have shown exemplary service to Lincoln Center: The Audrey and Martin Gruss Family, The Rockefeller Family, The Daisy and Paul Soros Family, and The Laurie M. Tisch Family. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Please click here to download high-resolution images.


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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)?serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning?Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at [email protected] or 212.875.5375.




Saturday’s Block Party has been sponsored by

The Walt Disney Company and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center.

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.


Lincoln Center thanks 60th anniversary task force co-chairs Sheryl Kaye and Tom Schumacher.




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Twitter: @LincolnCenter





For more information, please contact:

Michelle Tabnick

[email protected]



Isabel Sinistore

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