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March 21, 2019

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Diamond Jubilee Gala

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrates 60th Anniversary with

Diamond Jubilee Gala


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris



The Audrey and Martin Gruss Family

The Rockefeller Family

The Daisy and Paul Soros Family

The Laurie M. Tisch Family



NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2019) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) marks the 60th anniversary of the center’s groundbreaking this May, continuing weekend-long celebrations with the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala on Sunday, May 5. The event will honor four families who have had a transformative influence on Lincoln Center: the Audrey and Martin Gruss Family, the Rockefeller Family, the Daisy and Paul Soros Family, and the Laurie M. Tisch Family. As Lincoln Center renews its commitment to supporting a thriving campus for the next generation, funds raised will help benefit the organization’s artistic and educational activities which reach millions every year on campus and beyond.


Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the evening will look to the future with performances by world-class artists from many of the disciplines represented on campus. The program will also celebrate Lincoln Center’s legacy with a video highlighting the artistic excellence of the past six decades.


The event will begin with cocktails on Hearst Plaza at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier of The Metropolitan Opera House. At 8:00 pm, the festivities move to Alice Tully Hall for the performance and award presentation, followed by dessert and dancing.


LCPA also announces the formation of the Lincoln Center Artist Committee. Serving a two-year term, celebrated artists from a range of disciplines will provide expertise and support for future endeavors. The inaugural Committee includes Christine Baranski, Joshua Bell, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Denyce Graves, John Leguizamo, John Lithgow, Terrence McNally, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Eric Owens, Tiler Peck, and Desmond Richardson.


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 kicks off 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 Josie Robertson Plaza. Additional performances and details about the 60th Anniversary Block Party will be announced in the coming weeks.


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


High-resolution photos are available here.



Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix’s series adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The third season will premiere in January 2019.


Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards and his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Harris served as the host of the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February 2015. Named one of the “2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.


Harris recently also appeared as the host of NBC’s competition series, “Genius Junior.” Previously, he stared as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People’s Choice Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award. Among Harris’ additional television credits include “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Stark Raving Mad,” Joan of Arc, The Man in the Attic, Cold Sassy Tree, My Antonia, The Wedding Dress, The Christmas Blessing and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as “American Horror Story,” "Glee," "Sesame Street," “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Touched by an Angel,” "Ed," and "Will & Grace," among many others.


Under the direction of David Fincher, Harris starred in 20th Century Fox’s Gone Girl. His other film credits include notable roles in Downsizing, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Smurfs 1 & 2, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, Starship Troopers and Clara’s Heart.


A veteran of the theatre, Harris originated the role of Hedwig, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards). His additional theatrical credits include Assassins (Studio 54), Proof (Walter Kerr Theatre), Cabaret (Studio 54), Company (New York Philharmonic), All My Sons (Geffen Theater), The Paris Letter (Kirk Douglas Theater), Sweeney Todd (NY Phil, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra), Romeo and Juliet (Old Globe Theater), Rent (Los Angeles/2nd National Tour), and Luck, Pluck, Virtue (Atlantic Theater Co.) and tick, tick…BOOM! (Menier Chocolate Factory).


Utilizing his theatrical expertise behind the curtain, Harris made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's staging of Jonathan Larson's Rent. His additional directing credits include Nothing to Hide (Pershing Square Signature Center & Geffen Theater), The Expert at the Card Table (Ediburgh Fringe Festival & Broad Stage Theater) and I Am Grock (El Portal Theater). Additionally, Harris recently produced In & Of Itself, an Off-Broadway magic show directed by Frank Oz at the Daryl Roth Theater in New York.


As a result of the 2007-08 Writer’s Guild of America strike, Neil starred as the title character in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning, web-based musical miniseries, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Harris was also one of the leading cast members of the all-star internet hit, Prop 8: The Musical. Most recently, he starred in and executive produced the comedic web series, Neil’s Puppet Dreams.


Harris lengthened his list of credits with his first literary project in 2014, titled Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. He also recently added to his list of titles with the release of a new middle grade fiction series, The Magic Misfits. The second book of the series, The Magic Misfits: The Second Story, was released on September 25, 2018.


The multi-talented Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and screen with an equal measure of success in the world of voice-overs. Among his numerous voiceover credits include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, “Adventure Time,” “The Penguins of Madagascar,” Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” “Yes, Virginia,” “Robot Chicken” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Family Guy,” Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, “Justice League: The New Frontier,” “Spider-Man,” “Capitol Critters,” and “Saints Row 4.”


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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.



The 60th Anniversary Block Party is made possible by Morgan Stanley and The Walt Disney Company.


Additional support is provided by The Starr Foundation and Holland America Line.


Lincoln Center gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of our 60th Anniversary Steering Committee: Sarah Arison, Christina Baker, Michelle Copelman, Beth Dozoretz, Katherine Farley, Roy Furman, Audrey Gruss, Sheryl Kaye, Shelly Lazarus, Tyler Murphy, Jonelle Procope, Randi Rahm, and Tom Schumacher.


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center.

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.




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For more information, please contact:

Michelle Tabnick

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Rosie Marinelli

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