by John P. Adamski
Home to the world class Juilliard School of Performing Arts, numerous works of fine art and hundreds of theatrical and musical performances each year, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a New York City icon of culture, class, and excellence.
With more than 16.3 acres of land, Lincoln Center is the largest performing arts center in the world. The campus is located on the Upper Westside of Manhattan between 62nd and 65th avenues and Columbus and Amsterdam avenues about 15 blocks from the main theatre district of the city.
The 2,738-seat Avery Fisher Hall was the first buildingconstructed on the site. It is the home to the New York Philharmonic, which is one of the oldest orchestras in the country.
The Juilliard School of Performing Arts, which is 100 years old, moved there in 1969. Juilliard is one of the premier performing arts schools in the world with only about eight percent of its applicants accepted each year. Many of its alumni perform at one of the many halls and theatres at Lincoln Center.
Each year Lincoln Center hosts daily concerts, many of which focus on music such as contemporary American, jazz, swing, classical, opera to its Emmy-award winning production, Live From Lincoln Center. The summer season really heats up with Midsummer Night Swing and The Mostly Mozart Festival. Lincoln Center is a true melting pot of talent marked by performances in many foreign languages.In 1964 New York hosted the World Fair and Lincoln Center was its performing arts wing.
Most opera enthusiasts recognize the Metropolitan Opera House as one of the best in the world. Situated on the Lincoln Center campus since 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House, which seats almost 4,000, takes pride in providing guests the best show possible with its world-class designers, performers, stage directors, and artists. The Metropolitan Opera is over 120 years old.In 1964 New York hosted the World Fair and Lincoln Center was its performing arts wing.
Lincoln Center occasionally hosts free events, but most concerts, plays, and operas in any of the halls and theatres can cost anywhere from under $50 to $315 per person. Those visiting New York City to sample a taste of its artistic culture must place the Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts as priority on their itinerary.
A 75 minute tour will allow you to learn more about Lincoln Center's iconic landmarks, including the Revson Fountain, the newly transformed Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, and more. Each tour is unique, you might sit in on a rehearsal, step on stage, or meet a star.
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