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March 29, 2007

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to Hold "Good Night Alice" Gala Benefit on April 30, 2007

Transforming Lincoln Center

March 29, 2007

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Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by David Robertson are among those performing at concert hosted by Tom Brokaw in salute of famed Alice Tully Hall as it closes temporarily for dramatic renovation; dinner to follow performance.

On Monday, April 30, 2007, Lincoln Center will say “Good Night Alice” with a star-studded gala concert and benefit saluting one of New York’s most celebrated venues, Alice Tully Hall. The gala concert will be the last in the hall before its temporary closing to complete renovations begun in summer 2006 as part of Lincoln Center’s multi-year transformation. Proceeds from the evening will help support Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and its redevelopment project. The “Good Night Alice” benefit co-chairs are Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer and Charles Prince and Margaret Wolff.

The “Good Night Alice” gala kicks off with cocktails from 6:15–7 p.m., to be served in the hall’s lobby and, for the first time, its auditorium. The evening’s program pays tribute to Alice Tully Hall with performances by internationally-acclaimed artists and the world-renowned Lincoln Center resident organizations who regularly appear there. Scheduled to perform in the 7 p.m. concert are The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Broadway star Audra McDonald, composer/performers Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass, and the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by David Robertson. Also participating is the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The program will include archival film showcasing the hall’s remarkable history, a reel of New York Film Festival highlights, and footage of what’s in store when Alice Tully Hall re-opens its doors in late fall 2008. Following the concert, guests will proceed to dinner, (8:45-10:30 p.m.) in an elegantly-bedecked party tent in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Tom Brokaw will be honored for his support of Lincoln Center.

A T.V. broadcast of the concert, “Lincoln Center Special: A Gala Night at Alice Tully Hall” will air nationwide on May 3 on PBS as part of the Live From Lincoln Center series made possible by a major grant from MetLife.

Since it opened in 1969, Alice Tully Hall has been the setting for thousands of stellar events, from Lincoln Center performance debuts and world premieres, to openings and galas including the annual New York Film Festival. Luminaries ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Spike Lee, Sir Harold Pinter to David Byrne , Yo-Yo Ma to Rosie O’Donnell, and Beverly Sills to Clint Eastwood have graced its stage. After nearly 40 years of year-round use, public amenities and theater facilities will receive much-needed upgrades. In addition, aesthetic transformations to the interior and exterior, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FX Fowle Architects, will create a soaring, three-story, all-glass outer lobby that will welcome patrons with public amenities, including a larger lobby area and expanded food service. The Hall’s auditorium will be transformed with new palettes and finishes and innovative lighting features, including translucent walls that will envelop the audience in a warm glow.

Named for its principal benefactor, the influential arts patron Miss Alice Tully, the elegant 1,100-seat Alice Tully Hall is considered one of New York City’s premier theater venues. It is also among the most comfortable, with particularly generous legroom. This was a feature demanded by the tall Miss Tully so she, and her 6’3” friend Edward Graeffe, could stretch their legs at concerts.

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 more than 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, 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.

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