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“We are extremely proud to honor this inaugural class of inductees whose deep generosity of spirit and passion and exceptional creativity and tenacity have shaped and continue to shape the performing arts. As a class, they represent the diversity of the arts and artists celebrated at Lincoln Center each and every day and their contributions have added joy and wonder to our lives,” said Bernstein. Said Yo-Yo Ma, “I am honored to be among the inaugural inductees to the named Legends of Lincoln Center, and to share this distinction with such an illustrious group. In creating this new Legends Hall of Fame, the Center not only celebrates the performing arts but also pays tribute to the extraordinary vision, dedication and contributions of those who founded this great cultural center.” Commented Harold Prince, “I don’t spend much time looking back. What excites me so much about this honor is the chance to communicate my love of the performing arts to new audiences each day, with each visitor who spends time on this beautiful campus.” Reflected Audra McDonald, “Ever since I moved to New York to attend The Juilliard School, I’ve spent so much of my life at Lincoln Center that I consider it my home away from home. To receive this honor and be included among this incredibly esteemed group of artists is beyond my wildest dreams.”
To honor and memorialize the Legends, their names will be integrated into the paving stones on Josie Robertson Plaza, the heart of the world’s largest performing arts complex. Each inductee will become part of the fabric of Lincoln Center. The inset names will each be accompanied by a marker, unique to each individual and highlighting their role, which will enable an interactive experience through a free app. Visitors may scan the individual markers with their mobile devices to access interpretive content and stories about the inductees. The free app will also allow visitors to navigate additional exhibitions in other venues at Lincoln Center and give them the opportunity to share their stories and memories. With the plan for the interactive app in the markers embedded in Josie Robertson Plaza, Legends at Lincoln Center advances Lincoln Center’s commitment to being a destination to visit anytime, by making interactive exhibits and installations available for free in campus buildings and public spaces to educate, inspire, and entertain new and existing audiences. As previously announced, to accomplish this, Legends at Lincoln Center has partnered with award-winning design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates and renowned design and technology firm Potion for conceptual design of the space, exhibits, and installations.
The six inaugural inductees were selected through a substantial and rigorous process created by Legends at Lincoln Center, through campus-wide collaboration. All 11 resident organizations were invited to participate in the nomination process, which also included expert input from a body of nine performing arts professionals who form the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee narrows the list of nominees and publishes a final ballot that is voted upon by an expanded Voting Committee. The Voting Committee is comprised of delegates invited by the Lincoln Center resident organizations as well as Nominating Committee members and, in future years, living inductees. The creation of Legends at Lincoln Center which will celebrate all of the performing arts with an annual induction ceremony recognizing career achievement, exhibitions/installations, and displays in each venue on campus, was announced last month. All campus resident organizations—The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts— are participating.