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“Cultural Center of the Upper West Side”

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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2016-17 Concert Season at the New York Philharmonic
Ranked #35 of 1,079 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Learn more about Lincoln Center’s iconic landmarks—including the Revson Fountain, the newly transformed Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House!Go behind the scenes at venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Renée Fleming, and Bruce Springsteen.Each tour is unique, and you never know what might happen. You might sit in on a rehearsal, walk out onto a stage, or meet a star!Whether you’re just visiting New York City and want a glimpse of performing arts history, or you’re a Lincoln Center regular who wants to see your favorite venues from a new perspective, a guided tour will bring you closer to the world’s premier performing arts center.
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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“Cultural Center of the Upper West Side”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Lincoln Center, opened in 1964, has been a mecca for the performing arts in the TriState Area. I've reviewed the Metropolitan Opera separately. My current rave review is for Alice Tully Hall, home of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center which plays host fo innumerable performances throughout the year. The auditorium, rebuilt a decade or so ago, has fine accoustics and excellent sightlines, with state-of-the-art lighting. While it is handicapped accessible, access for us ambulatory folks requires descending stairs outside the building, while inside there are more stairs from the lobby down to the auditorium and then up or down depending on where your seat is. The cafe in the outer lobby is crowded before performances, serving a variety of sandwiches and other prepared foods as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is a movable bar in the auditorium lobby for use before performances and during intermission. Alice Tully is a perfect venue for chamber music, organ performances, and small choral works. The rest of Lincoln Center consits of Avery Fisher Hall where the New York Philharmonic performs; orchestra seating has good accoustics and sightlines, but the seats in the three tiers of boxes which line the side walls all have partial vision although good accoustics. if you want to be immersed in the music, sit in Box 1 or Box 2 in the Third Tier where you'll be right over the orchestra and feel the sound the way the conductor does. Then there's the renovated David Koch (aka New York State Theater), now the home of the acclaimed New York City Ballet and the former home of the late-lamented New York City Opera, whose demise I am still mourning. And yes, there's the Vivian Beaumont Theater for drama, and the Performing Arts Library with its fine collections. The Damrosch Bandshell in the SW corner is used for various outdoor performances in season, while its plaza hosts the Big Apple Circus annually. And I mustn't forget the Film Society of Lincoln Center with its superb movie theater down the street from Alice Tully, or the Jazz at Lincoln Center suite of performing spaces down at Columbus Circle. Every day of the week there's something special going on.

Visited November 2013
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“One stop arttainment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

They had music, ballet, opera and sculpture exibition. Don't see any of them since it's not my thing. Just ho to the Met Shop to buy some ballet stuff ie dvd, t-shirt for my daugthers.

Visited October 2013
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Riverside, California
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“SF Ballet rocks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

I know this is NYC but SF was visiting with Cinderalla. The theatre was wonderful and the performance a must see. The sculptures in the courtyard make for a good photo moment as well.

Visited October 2013
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Kapaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

Very interesting and more so after this trip traveling to DC. You need to be in it to like it, or you will be very bored. lots of walking.

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Music, dance, sheer beauty...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

There is so much to see and do at Lincoln Center - open rehearsals, concerts, the ballet, opera, workshops, lectures, tours...it's a remarkable cultural complex that even non-arts lovers will enjoy. Great architecture and fun for people watching.

Visited October 2013
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