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.
|Live From Lincoln Center|
|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|
|Original release||January 30, 1976– present|
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, 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. 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. 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. 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.
||This article contains embedded lists that may be poorly defined, unverified or indiscriminate. (January 2014)|
- 1976: Swan Lake, The Barber of Seville
- 1978: The Saint of Bleecker Street
- 1979: Street Scene
- 1980: A Tribute to John Huston, Isaac Stern's 60th Birthday Celebration
- 1981: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance, An Evening with Danny Kaye
- 1982: A Tribute to Billy Wilder, James Galway Plays Mostly Mozart
- 1983: A Tribute to George Balanchine, Marilyn Horne's Great American Songbook
- 1985: Great Russian Theater Music, Juilliard at 80, Aaron Copland's 85th Birthday
- 1986: Candide
- 1987: A Comedy of Errors by The Flying Karamazov Brothers
- 1989: Ray Charles in Concert, A Classical Jazz Christmas with Wynton Marsalis
- 1990: Yo-Yo Ma in Concert, A Little Night Music
- 1991: Mozart Bicentennial Birthday Serenade
- 1992: New York Philharmonic 150th Anniversary
- 1994: Jessye Norman: Women of Legend, Fantasy, and Lore
- 1997: A Celebration of the American Musical
- 1999: Uptown Blues: Ellington at 100
- 2002: Porgy and Bess (New York City Opera version), Contact
- 2003: Marsalis at The Penthouse
- 2004: Jazz At Lincoln Center Grand Opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall - One Family of Jazz
- 2005: American Songbook - Passion, Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
- 2006: The Light in the Piazza, The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years, American Songbook: Audra McDonald & Friends Build A Bridge, Audra McDonald Sings the Movies
- 2007: Mozart Dances, Red Hot Holiday Stomp
- 2008: Madama Butterfly
- 2009: New York City Ballet: Romeo + Juliet, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: "Hampson, Gershwin, Copland, and Broadway"
- 2010: Joshua Bell with Friends @ The Penthouse, South Pacific, Baroque Holiday with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- 2011: Wynton at 50, The Nutcracker (Balanchine), New York Philharmonic: Bernstein and Gershwin New Year's Eve
- 2012: Renée Fleming @ The Penthouse
- 2014: The Nance at the Lyceum Theatre (broadcast on PBS 10 October 2014)
- Wakin, Daniel. "Audra McDonald to Host ‘Live From Lincoln Center’". New York Times.
- Teachout, Terry."Bringing Art Back to PBS" Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2010