A smaller venue then Avery Fisher Hall, this Lincoln Center mainstay features a long roster of world-renowned classical musicians, with a particular emphasis on chamber music and young instrumentalists. They also play host to the annual New York Film Festival.
Home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel became the music director in late 2002 and has continued to lead this renowned ensemble in their acclaimed performance and recording of both classics and lesser known, more "modern" works. Since 1917, the Philharmonic has created over 2,000 recordings and given over 13,500 concerts. This hall is also host to a wealth of other internationally acclaimed performers.
Home to the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera, this somewhat lesser known opera house features a wonderful repertoire of classical performance. Known for putting on a stellar production of the Nutcracker Suite, which is sold out each and every Christmas, New York City Opera is often overshadowed by the Met. That's unfortunate, as it tends to be somewhat more daring in repertoire and approach. Debuting on this stage, Beverly Sills served as the general director of City Opera for over ten years before heading a few feet over to the Met.
Considered among the top conservatories in the world, this school has been training classical musicians for over one hundred years. They also offer a full roster of public performances, featuring their own students and international solo guests.
One of the most esteemed opera venues in the world (the likes of La Scala), the Met has been graced with the finest names in opera, including all three tenors. The colossal stage is equipped to dump over 3,000 gallons of water should the scene require some precipitation. The halls are graced by massive murals by Chagall. To many, the fountain at Lincoln Center is the nucleus of life as we know it.
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This is New York's newest addition to the performing arts scene. The first name in world-class jazz, this snazzy performance venue is located on an upper atrium of the Time Warner Center with views of the city for inspiration. Their program of events is under the supervision of Artistic Director and famed musician Wynton Marsalis. Although not in the main Lincoln Center complex, it stills fall under the moniker of "Jazz at Lincoln Center."
It's easy to overlook this small building at the back of the Lincoln Center complex. Nonetheless, it's as treasured a resource for live events as any you will find, anywhere. The Vivian Beaumont is dedicated to classic stage performance. One of their recent products was a revival of the 1942 comedy, "The Rivals." There is also a small 299-seat theater called the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, which similarly showcases interesting, somewhat innovative pieces.
Once upon a time, Manhattan was filled with old movie theaters dedicated to showing golden oldies and obscure foreign films. Then came the video age and, whoosh, theaters were turned into nightclubs and popcorn was suddenly microwavable. A tribute to things past, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honors the age-old tradition of screening classic, international and independent films. The roster is ever-changing, but the fact remains the same: Here you will see movies you'd never have the opportunity to see anywhere else.
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