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Avery Fisher Hall

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Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 6.6-hectare complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Jed Bernstein began as president in 2014. The center has 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities.
Lincoln Center was built in the 1950s and 1960s during an urban renewal called “Lincoln Square Renewal Project”. The center’s three buildings are the Avery Fisher Hall by Architect Max Abramovitz, the David H. Koch Theatre by Philip Johnson and the Metropolitan Opera House by Wallace K. Harrison. All three buildings opened in the 1960s.

The Center may have been named Lincoln Center because it was located in the Lincoln Square neighbourhood. The area itself was named in 1906, however, it remains unclear whether it was as a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) or to a local landowner.

The New York Philharmonic

The Avery Fisher/ David Geffen Hall is the home of the New York Philharmonic, which is one of the oldest American musical institutions and one of the leading American orchestras commonly referred to as “Big Five”. The Hall was named after the philanthropist Avery Fisher.

The Avery Fisher/ David Geffen Hall is a 2,738 seat auditorium which was opened in 1962. The facility, designed by Max Abramovitz, was originally named Philharmonic Hall and was renamed in honor of philanthropist Avery Fisher, who donated $10.5 million to the orchestra in 1973. In November 2014, Lincoln Center officials announced Fisher's name would be removed from the Hall so that naming rights could be sold to the highest bidder as part of a $500 million fund-raising campaign to refurbish the Hall. David Geffen has donated $100 million US dollars to rename the Hall after him. The facility is renamed David Geffen Hall in 2015.

New York City Ballet

The David Koch Theatre, also with more than 2,700 seats, is home of the New York City Ballet. The Theatre is named after the oil-and-gas billionaire David H. Koch who supports the theatre with a total of 100 million USD to be spent between 2008 and 2018 for renovation and operating maintenance. The theater is to bear this name for at least fifty years, after which it may be renamed. The Koch family retains the right of first refusal for any renaming. Some people continue to refer to the theater by its original name New York State Theater.

Met Opera Company

The Metropolitan Opera House with 3,900 seats is home of the Met Opera Company. Music director since 1973 is James Levine, principal conductor since 2011 is Fabio Luisi. The Met is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season from September to May. The operas are presented in a rotating schedule with up to 7 performances of 4 different works every week.

Juilliard School

The Lincoln Center also includes the Juilliard School which is one of the world’s leading music schools for dance, drama and music with some of the most prestigious art programs. Located within the Juilliard School is the Alice Tully Hall which is the home of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The New York Philharmonic Season

Season Highlights 2015-2016, principal conductor Alan Gilbert

Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival
The Philharmonic’s first-ever Rachmaninoff festival features three nonstop weeks of the composer’s masterpieces, including four of his spectacular piano concertos performed by the electrifying Daniil Trifonov.
Nov. 11–17 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and more
Nov. 19–21 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Symphony No. 3, and Russian Song
Nov. 24–28 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphonic Dances
Nov. 28 Saturday Matinee: Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances

Esa-Pekka Salonen
The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence
New York magazine says, “in his own works, the orchestra swivels, surges and throws off sparks. ... He is a master of the long and lovely meditation.” Our new Composer-in-Residence contributes three original compositions to our season.
Sep. 25–26 LA Variations
Mar. 17–19 Karawane
June 11 World Premiere (part of NY PHIL BIENNIAL) 
 
Eric Owens
The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-ResidenceThe renowned vocalist, whose “huge, lyrical bass-baritone expresses boundless optimism” (Wall Street Journal), joins the Philharmonic for a wide range of concerts.Oct. 14–15 In Their Footsteps: Great African-American Singers and Their Legacy
Dec. 18–19 Holidays with the Philharmonic
Jan. 7–12 Strauss songs, selections from Wagner’s Die Walküre
May 12–14 Selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn
May 14 Young People’s Concerts: Story and Song


Superstar Soloists
Emanuel Ax — “One of the world’s finest, he played each piece with insight and consummate flair” (San Jose Mercury News) — performs Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Sep. 30–Oct. 3.
Other world-class guest soloists include Joshua Bell, who plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Dec. 29–Jan. 2, and
Yefim Bronfman, who plays Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Feb. 18–23.


Messiaen Week
Explore the many dimensions of this freethinking French composer’s music in this week-long festival of concerts and events.
Mar. 10–12 Turangalîla-symphonie with Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Mar. 13 Quartet for the End of Time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur, with Alan Gilbert, violin
TBA CONTACT! concert and Messiaen symposium

World Premieres
Oct. 1–3 Marc Neikrug Canta-Concerto
Dec. 10–12 Andrew Norman Piano concerto (Jeffrey Kahane, piano)
Apr. 27–30 Franck Krawczyk new work tba

 
THE ART OF THE SCORE: FILM WEEK AT THE PHILHARMONIC
On the Waterfront
Friday, September 18, 7:30pm
Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor
Experiencing Marlon Brando’s white-hot Oscar-winning performance is reason enough to see On the Waterfront; pair it with Leonard Bernstein’s shattering score performed live by the full New York Philharmonic, and it’s a must-see.

THE ART OF THE SCORE: FILM WEEK AT THE PHILHARMONIC
The Godfather
Saturday, September 19, 8:00pm
Monday, September 21, 7:30pm
Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor  
Brando’s second Oscar-winning role, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic saga, and Nino Rota’s unforgettable music performed live by the New York Philharmonic — it’s an offer you can’t refuse.


Opening Gala Concert
Thursday, September 24, 7:30pm
Alan Gilbert and Lang Lang in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Also on the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

 
Maurizio Pollini
Friday, October 16, 8:00pm
In his historic return to the Philharmonic after 20 years, this grand master of the piano performs Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky and Berlioz.


Chinese New Year
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30pm
Featuring Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women by Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), a multimedia symphony for harp, orchestra, and film. Long Yu conducts.


Holidays with the Philharmonic
Friday December 18, 8:00pm
Saturday December 19, 2:00pm
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus joins the Philharmonic for a heart-warming concert of holiday favorites. Bonus: Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens performs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”


New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
Thursday December 31, 7:30pm
Ring in the New Year with an evening of fizzy French treats, including selections from Offenbach’s Gaîté parisienne and Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. Conducted by Alan Gilbert, and featuring pianists Makoto Ozone and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

The Met Opera

The following Productions will be presented in the 2015-16 season, principal conductor Fabio Luisi

1. Anna Bolena, Gaetano Donizetti 
2. The Barber of Seville - Holiday Presentation, Gioachino Rossini
3. La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini
4. Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni / Leoncavallo
5. Don Pasquale, Gaetano Donizetti
6. La Donna del Lago, Gioachino Rossini
7. Elektra, Richard Strauss
8. L'Elisir d'Amore, Gaetano Donizetti
9. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10. Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss
11. Lulu, Alban Berg
12. Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini
13. Manon Lescaut, Giacomo Puccini 
14. Maria Stuarda, Gaetano Donizetti
15. Le Nozze di Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
16. Otello, Giuseppe Verdi
17. Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Georges Bizet
18. Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi
19. Roberto Devereux, Gaetano Donizetti
20. Simon Boccanegra, Giuseppe Verdi
21. Tannhäuser, Richard Wagner
22. Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
23. Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi
24. Turandot, Giacomo Puccini