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February 03, 2009

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates the Opening Night of the New Alice Tully Hall with the Gala "Leading Ladies of New York Celebrate Alice Tully" on Monday, February 23, 2009

Transforming Lincoln Center

February 3, 2009

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Kate Merlino


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Performing will be soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Emerson String Quartet

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s leading performing arts center, will celebrate the grand re-opening of the spectacularly transformed Alice Tully Hall after a 22-month hiatus. To mark this historic occasion as the Hall resumes its leading role among New York’s concert halls, Lincoln Center plans a magnificent gala celebration, “The Leading Ladies of New York Celebrate Alice Tully,” on Monday, February 23, 2009. As Alice Tully was a leading lady of her time, the Gala will pay tribute to today’s leading ladies, whose philanthropy and strong commitment to the arts help make Lincoln Center such a remarkable place.

This very special gala performance will include appearances by several notable artists who have long been associated with Alice Tully Hall, including soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Emerson String Quartet. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. in the Morgan Stanley Lobby of the new hall, followed by the performance at 7:00 p.m. in the hall’s Starr Theater. A gala dinner in the Tent at Damrosch Park concludes this unforgettable evening. The evening’s honoree is Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch are the Journal Co-Chairs. Bank of America is the Gala’s Corporate Underwriter.

The “Leading Ladies” who will be recognized at the Gala, in addition to Laurie Tisch, include Emily and Carolyn Tisch Sussman, Billie Tisch, Joan Tisch, Lizzie Tisch, Mary Lake Bennack, Katherine Farley, Elizabeth Levy, Ingeborg Rennert, Alice N. Rogoff-Rubenstein, Anne Finucane and Ann Ziff.

Hermès, the French luxury goods company, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center with an exclusive coloration of their silk twill scarf, La Musique des Spheres. Hermès will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each scarf to Lincoln Center. The scarf, in shades of orange and deep pink, is available from the Hermès boutiques at 691 Madison Avenue and their Wall Street location, 15 Broad Street in New York. In addition, Graff, the noted jewelry house, has joined the Gala as a sponsor.

The design of the Leading Ladies Gala, by Design Management Company, will be environmentally friendly as well as stylish. Sustainable cotton will be used to drape the dinner tent and a combination of ice sculptures and cut flowers from farms that maintain high sustainability standards will be used for the centerpieces. Green, both in hue and in practice, will set the tone for the evening.

Alice Tully Hall, originally completed in 1969, was the last theater in the original Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex to be built. It serves as home of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as presentations by Lincoln Center, Inc., The Juilliard School, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and others. Scheduled to open to the public on February 22, 2009, its opening will be the first significant public component of the dramatic transformation of Lincoln Center’s 16-acre urban campus and a prelude to the institution’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The hall, redesigned by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FXFowle Architects, will open with a two-week Opening Nights Festival of exciting performances.

50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center Lincoln Center, the world’s leading performing arts complex representing the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphonic and chamber music, theater, jazz, dance, film, and arts education, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary beginning in May 2009. Comprised of 12 world-class resident organizations, Lincoln Center is home to thousands of performances and events with 5 million visitors and education programs reaching over a million students annually. After nearly five decades of artistic excellence and service to its community, the nation, and the world, Lincoln Center has embarked on the most significant transformation since its founding, a dramatic redevelopment project that will modernize and revitalize its 16-acre urban campus. This boldly imagined transformation, currently scheduled for completion during the 50th Anniversary year, will make Lincoln Center a more open, accessible and vibrant urban destination. The exciting year-long 50th Anniversary celebration will officially kick-off on May 11, 2009 and run through May 2010. The year will include a wide-range of distinctive commemorative events and ribbon-cuttings, world-class artistic programming and commissions, and a variety of dynamic educational and community initiatives.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of over 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival and Live From Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

WNBC/WNJU are Official Broadcast Partners of Lincoln Center, Inc.

Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center, Inc.

Nokia is the Official Mobile Equipment Provider of Lincoln Center, Inc.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

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