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Live from Lincoln Center

Live From Lincoln Center is an ongoing series of musical performances produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with WNET in New York City. It is aired by PBS stations nationwide on a periodic basis. Some of its episodes are viewable online.[1]

Live From Lincoln Center
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Genre Musical performance
Created by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Based on Concerts, ballets, operas, and recitals
Developed by John Goberman
Directed by Kirk Browning (1976 – 2008); Alan Skog (2008 – present)
Presented by Martin Bookspan (1976 – 2006); Fred Child (2006 – present)
Country of origin US
Producer(s) Lincoln Center Media Productions
Location(s) Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Distributor WNET
Original network PBS
Original release January 30, 1976 (1976-01-30) – present
External links
Network website



A series of concerts, ballets, operas, and recitals telecast, as the title says, live from Lincoln Center, it was created and developed by executive producer John Goberman,[citation needed] and premiered on January 30, 1976 with a concert featuring André Previn and Van Cliburn. It has presented performances by such artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Sir James Galway, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Audra McDonald, the New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the American Ballet Theatre, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Opera.

Announcer Martin Bookspan was with the program from its premiere in 1976 until his 2006 retirement, when Fred Child, took over. Hosts have included Dick Cavett, Hugh Downs, Sam Waterston, Garrick Utley, Patrick Watson, and Beverly Sills, with Downs serving the longest.[citation needed] Sills was the host from 2000 until two months before her death in 2007. In recent years the host position has been filled by Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Lesley Stahl, and Audra McDonald.[2] The program was principally directed by Kirk Browning from its inception in 1976 until 2008. Since 2008 Alan Skog has been primary director.


Live From Lincoln Center has won thirteen Emmy Awards and fifty-three Emmy Award nominations, as well as two George Foster Peabody Awards. Two recordings made from concerts presented on the show have won Grammy Awards.

With commercial television networks no longer airing as many classical music programs as they once did, Live from Lincoln Center, along with its companion program Live from the Met (also on PBS), has become the primary source of classical music on American television.[citation needed] Recently though, even the Lincoln Center telecasts have become less numerous, and some PBS affiliates, who are allowed the option of not showing some PBS programs, often air other material, such as Antiques Roadshow, in the time slot that PBS airs Live from Lincoln Center in New York. In an article written especially for the Wall Street Journal, media critic Terry Teachout criticized PBS for this.[3]

Notable broadcastsEdit


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  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel. "Audra McDonald to Host ‘Live From Lincoln Center’". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Teachout, Terry."Bringing Art Back to PBS" Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2010

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