When you are visiting New York City, one of the touristic attractions you don't want to miss out is surely Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
This is not just one building, but entire complex of indoor and outdoor cultural institutions, devoted to fine arts: dance, music and theater.
Lincoln Center rests on 16.3 acres of land and is in the immediate neighhbourghood of Manhattan. The complex is home to 12 institutions, of most famous are the New York City Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater.
Lincoln Center in total has 29 indoor and outdoor performance institutions which is why numerous concerts and performances are happening there throughout the year.
Construction of Lincoln center has begun in 1950's on an empty ground west of Central Park, and in next 30 years complex has evloved into new cultural center of the New York City area.
First building that started with the work, in 1962, was Philharmonic Hall, home to the New York Philharmonic. It later changed the name and since 1970s is known as Avery Fisher Hall, after one of its most cheritable donors.
Next cultural institution to open the door just the two years later, in 1964, was New York State Theater, later renamed in David H. Koch Theater. Theater is built in traditional style with front side completely in glass which during night glamurously reflects waters of famous Lincoln Center fountain, situated on Center's main plaza, the Josie Robertson Plaza.
Avery Fisher Hall Photo: Mikhail Klassen
World famous Metropolitan Opera settled in the Lincoln center in 1966 and is the most famous among the institutions in the Center. It is one of the world most renewed operas and looks simply spectacular with its elegant box seats, huge chandeliers, and spiral stairs covered in red carpets.
To perform in the Metropolitan opera is considered one of the greatest privileges, as Opera stages many famous operas every season, as well as many premieres.
One of the world most famous music schools-Julliard School, which has been founded in 1905, has found home in Lincoln Center complex in 1968. Julliard School has yielded some of world finest dancers, muscians and actors, and at the moment is schooling students from approximately 50 countries all over the world.
The building of Julliard School is also location of the Alice Tully Hall, in which resides Chamber Music Society.
Besides already mentioned most famous institutions in the Lincoln Center complex, there are lot more others, assuring that complex buzzes with artistic performances on a daily basis.
Lincoln Center Photo: Robert Mintzes
There is Film Society of Lincoln Center, the School of American Ballet, the New Your Public Library for the Performing Arts-now known as Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center.
Movie art is well presented in the Lincoln Center as there are several theaters: Vivian Beaumont Theater, Claire Tow Theater, The Walter Reade Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, as well as Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
If you are visiting New York City and want to get a feel of this New York City’s monumental artistic Mecca there are several touristic tours offered to the visitors, both group and individual.