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October 26, 2006

The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the World's Most Prestigious Cultural Organization - LINCOLN CENTER: A Promise Realized, 1979-2006

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The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the World’s Most Prestigious Cultural Organization

LINCOLN CENTER: A Promise Realized, 1979 - 2006


Soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the internationally respected Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of the great cultural success stories of our time. LINCOLN CENTER: A Promise Realized, 1979-2006 (Wiley, November 2006), the first book in a new alliance between Wiley and Lincoln Center, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the growth and maturation of this celebrated institution. Lincoln Center insiders Stephen Stamas and Sharon Zane reveal the triumphant yet often complex route the Center took to prosper and produce a half-century of excellence in its offerings to the public. They explain in fascinating detail how Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., has worked with its bevy of resident organizations—the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Juilliard School, to name but a few—achieved consensus for innovative designs to transform the campus, and how it became the world’s largest performing arts center.


Under the terms of the publishing alliance announced in July of 2006, Lincoln Center and Wiley will collaborate to publish a minimum of 15 books. These books will draw on Lincoln Center’s community of performing artists, global presentations, and Lincoln Center Institute’s educational expertise, as well as Lincoln Center’s archives. The range of works is targeted to families, general interest consumers, educators, and performing arts professionals. Other books in the planning stages include one on the acclaimed List Poster and Print Program and a series of family focused concert going companion books.


About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide. Its core businesses include scientific, technical, and medical journals; encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and educational materials for undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learners. Wiley has publishing, marketing, and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb. Wiley’s internet site can be accessed at www.wiley.com.


About Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) www.lincolncenter.org, serves three primary roles: presenter of 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 popular series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. The Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center extends Lincoln Center’s reach to millions of Americans nationwide. As a leader in arts and education and community relations, LCPA takes a wide range of activities beyond its halls through the Lincoln Center Institute, as well as offering arts-related symposia; family programming; and accessibility. And as manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 11 other resident organizations, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and School of American Ballet.


About the Authors

Stephen Stamas (Scarsdale, NY) was vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 1986 to 1996. Sharon Zane (New York, NY) is an oral historian who has been associated with Lincoln Center since 1990.


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LINCOLN CENTER:

A Promise Realized, 1979-2006

By Stephen Stamas and Sharon Zane

Wiley, Publication Date: November 2006

$40/Cloth, ISBN: 0-470-10123-7



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Praise for LINCOLN CENTER:



"I was 13 years old when ground was broken for Lincoln Center - it has been a vital part of my life as a New Yorker and musician since then. How wonderful to have a book that contains so many fascinating insights into the campus's past and, even more exciting, its future!”

— Emanuel Ax, pianist, graduate of the Juilliard School, and frequent Lincoln Center performer

"LINCOLN CENTER: A Promise Realized, 1979–2006 reveals the behind-the-scenes stories audiences rarely get to see or hear. It tells of the artistic choices, programming decisions, leadership and fiscal challenges, and leading personalities that have shaped the last twenty-five years at the world's preeminent performing arts center."

— Audra McDonald, four-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer, graduate of the Juilliard School, and frequent Lincoln Center performer

"LINCOLN CENTER: A Promise Realized, 1979–2006 offers an insider's account of the leadership challenges that shaped Lincoln Center throughout its maturation to become what it is today: a civic and cultural treasure. The multifaceted management concerns in working with the world-class arts organizations are fascinatingly recounted. That legacy of talented and wise stewardship, combined with a current corps of determined and resourceful loyalists, will undoubtedly convert Lincoln Center's ambitious current plans into a sparkling reality."

--- Jerry Speyer, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer Properties



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