Beacon to the World: A History of Lincoln Center (Hardcover)

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Beacon to the World: A History of Lincoln Center (Hardcover)
by Joseph W. Polisi

In this comprehensive history of the creation and growth of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, longtime Juilliard president Joseph Polisi guides us through the complex convergence of the worlds of politics, finance, and performing artists throughout the years of the Center’s history, including the roles played by Robert Moses, John D. Rockefeller III, Leonard Bernstein, William Schuman, Elia Kazan, Joseph Papp, Alice Tully, Beverly Sills, and many others.

Polisi explores the social and political environment during the Center’s history, reflecting the growth and evolution of the performing arts in America from its post-World War II roots to the present day of global interaction. The history of the birth and growth of this unique institution is a story of determination, economic acumen, political machinations, artistic innovations, and above all, the strong belief that the arts are at the center of the fabric of American society and that they should be supported and embraced by all citizens.

Joseph W. Polisi is president emeritus (1984–2018) and chief China officer of the Juilliard School. He is the author of The Artist as Citizen and American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schuman.

“Masterful…. A powerful work of nonfiction with the drama of a novel.” – Jaap van Zweden, Wall Street Journal

  • Publisher: Yale University Press (June 14, 2022)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages 
  • Dimensions: 6.12” W x 9.25” H


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History

About The Metropolitan Opera

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera moved to its Lincoln Center home in 1966.  

The opera house was designed by Wallace K. Harrison. Five distinctive arches clad in white travertine form the entrance. The lobby is dominated by a cantilevered stairway, two murals by Marc Chagall, and 11 crystal chandeliers resembling constellations or starbursts.

The two paintings by Marc Chagall decorate the front lobby. On the south wall is “The Triumph of Music,” on the north wall is “The Sources of Music.” There are also statues by Aristide Maillol and Wilhelm Lehmbruck.

The crystal chandeliers in both the lobby and auditorium were conceived by Tad Leski of Harrison & Abramovitz and the design developed and fabricated by Hans Harald Rath of J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna.

Numerous portraits of great Met artists of the past are on display in Founders Hall, on the lower level of the lobby, and costume and memorabilia displays can be found in several locations in the lobby.
 

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