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One of New York's most iconic cultural institutions, Lincoln Center is the largest performing arts mecca in the world. The 16.3-acre complex houses 11 resident organizations that deliver a cornucopia of performance in multiple disciplines—symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film and arts education--to the masses. From its glorious signature fountain (used to great romantic effect in Moonstruck) to attractions like the Metropolitan Opera House (which, like Cher, is known simply by one name: The Met), Lincoln Center inspires, edifies and challenges audiences. Ever since ground was broken in 1959, Lincoln Center has been a creative force to be reckoned with, attracting many of the world's premier artists to its stages. During its 2003-2004 season alone, movie stars Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke tackled Shakespeare, rock legend Elvis Costello presented a three-night concert and Luciano Pavarotti bid farewell to opera forever. In addition to its seasonal offerings, Lincoln Center presents a number of beloved annual festivals and series, including Mostly Mozart, the Lincoln Center Festival and the American Songbook. Whether it's Shakespeare or Schoenberg, Sondheim or Scorsese, Lincoln Center has something for everyone obsessed with culture. Lincoln Center uses more than 20 performance spaces located both on and off the premises. Major venues include: Alice Tully Hall (which re-opened in 2009 after a major renovation) for grand concerts; Avery Fisher Hall which is home to the illustrious New York Philharmonic; Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center, the new place to see the celebrated Jazz at Lincoln Center series; the Metropolitan Opera House, the best venue in which to see opera in the city; David H. Koch Theater, host of the New York City Ballet and New York City Opera; the Vivian Beaumont Theater, one of the country's premier not-for-profit theaters; and the Walter Reade Theater, home to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the annual New York Film Festival.

See It

- The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: The world's most extensive collection of circulating, reference and rare archival performing arts material. Photocopy sheet music, watch videos of vintage Broadway shows or listen to impossible-to-find original cast albums.

- Clark Studio Theater: Located on the 7th floor of the Rose Building at 165 W. 65th St. near Amsterdam Ave., the Clark Studio Theater is easy to miss. Take the time to find this intimate, black box space that showcases repertory productions mounted by the members of the Lincoln Center Institute, the educational branch of Lincoln Center.

- The Walter Reade Theater: When not serving as the home base for the New York Film Festival, this 268-seat movie theater shows an eclectic selection of classic and international cinema with state-of-the-art sound and picture.

- Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater: Although this 334-seat venue lives in the shadow of its big Broadway sister, the 1,000-plus-seat Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Newhouse presents its own solid season of plays and musicals.

- Lincoln Center Out of Doors: An annual festival that began back in 1970, Lincoln Center Out of Doors showcases multicultural entertainment from all over the world including jazz, dance, world music and experimental performances. And unlike the Lincoln Center Festival, it's free.


Book all tours in advance. Call 212-875-5350 for reservations.

- The Lincoln Center Tour: One-hour tour visits three of Lincoln Center's grand theaters: the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theater and Avery Fisher Hall.

- Starry Nights: The LCT, plus a full meal at a fine restaurant, a Lincoln Center performance; and for groups, a Meet-the-Artist group event and conversation with a leading artist. Not a formal tour.

Special Events

- Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A free annual August festival that presents all kinds of performances including world music, dance, performance art and jazz.

- Mostly Mozart Festival: This annual one-month festival celebrates the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and other maestros in a comfortably informal atmosphere.

- Lincoln Center Festival: Another multi-genre summer festival, although this one is indoors, costs money (tickets range from about $25-$150 each), and often features famous performers. Past participants include actor Nathan Lane, musician Elvis Costello and performance artist Karen Finley.


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