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Inaugural Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center, NY 2017: Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo Among Inductees by Lisa Pacino

The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center, New York inaugural induction ceremony gala will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, and Harold Prince will be the first to be inducted into the First Class of Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

The first annual inductee ceremony was originally scheduled for June 20, 2016 but had been postponed for a year.

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The Metropolitan Opera chandelier, Lincoln Center, New York. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino is the Director of the Exclusive Worldwide Official Leontyne Price Fan Club.

 Lisa Pacino was the House Photographer for the 2012 Tony Award winning Broadway revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

The inaugural class of Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, which celebrates unparalleled excellence in the arts, was announced by Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The inductees for the 2017 inaugural class are: Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, and Harold Prince. The inductees will be acknowledged with an award designed by Thomas Heatherwick of London’s Heatherwick Studio, one of the firms selected for the redesign of David Geffen Hall. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Lincoln Center and its resident organizations.
“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.
THE HONOREES:
LEONTYNE PRICE
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: The Metropolitan Opera, The Juilliard School (graduate and guest artist), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York Philharmonic
Juilliard School graduate Leontyne Price, the first African-American opera singer to gain international attention, sang the lead role of Cleopatra in opened the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966 as Cleopatra in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, the opera that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House in 1966. Price’s debut with the company at its previous home on Broadway at 39th Street in 1961 as Leonora in Il Trovatore marked the beginning of her career as one of The Met’s reigning sopranos. She performed with the company more than 200 times. Some of her signature roles at the Met include Aida, in Aida, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Leonora in La Forza Del Destino, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, and Leonora in Il Trovatore. She gave her farewell performance in the titular role in Aida in 1985, which was telecast, and hailed as one of the most successful performances in the Met’s history.  A graduate of the Juilliard school, Price’s  other Lincoln Center appearances include a 1982 Pension Fund Benefit Concert for the New York Philharmonic;  the 1983 Live From LincolnCenterbroadcast, Leontyne Price, Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic; 1985 Antony and Cleopatra at The Juilliard School; and a 1988 Great Performers concert for  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center
The late Louis Armstrong’s music and legacy have touched musicians and non-musicians for nearly a century. A trumpeter, composer, and vocalist, he is regarded as one of the greatest jazz musicians and improvisers of all time. Armstrong performed on several occasions with the New York Philharmonic, including with Leonard Bernstein at Lewisohn Stadium, to sellout crowds. His music is frequently featured by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, whose members consider Armstrong a strong and abiding influence, at home and on tour around the world. The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation first began fundingJazz for Young People, a program of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in 1992 under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  When Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, extended the campus of Lincoln Center to Columbus Circle, the Foundation supported the development of the Louis Armstrong Classroom, now the site of hundreds of early education programs for children each year.  Over the years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has produced many concerts and events honoring and performing Armstrong’s music.
PLÁCIDO DOMINGO
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic
Since 1968 when Plácido Domingo made his company debut in as Maurizio in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, he has worked with The Metropolitan Opera both as a vocalist and a conductor in virtually every season. He has sung over 800 performances with the company at home and on tour including: Tosca, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Faust, Don Carlo, La Bohème, Aida, Andrea Chenier, Rigoletto, Werther, Otello, Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Francesca da Rimini, Lohengrin, Romeo et Juliette, Turandot, Stiffelio and more. He has opened the Met’s season no fewer than twenty times, breaking the record set by Enrico Caruso. Additionally he has performed in a number of concerts and benefit concerts with the New York Philharmonic over the years. He made his Lincoln Center debut in the title role in the New York City Opera production of Alberto Ginastera’sDon Rodrigo, the first City Opera production at Lincoln Center.
YO-YO MA
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School (former student), and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Yo-Yo Ma has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center’s Great Performers and Live From Lincoln Center) and with the New York Philharmonic in more than 30 programs. His career as a performer, which began at the age of five, has led to Ma recording more than 90 albums, and performing with orchestras and in recitals around the world. At the age of seven, Ma appeared on American television on The American Pageant of the Arts, in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He joined the junior department of The Juilliard School as a pupil of Leonard Rose and continued his studies there through 1971. He made his Lincoln Center debut in 1978 with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall.  Mr. Ma is known for exploring a wide range of musical traditions and collaborating with great artists across many musical genres and artistic disciplines. In 1998 he founded the Silk Road Project, an organization that promotes cross-cultural performance and collaboration. He currently serves as the organization’s Artistic Director.
AUDRA MCDONALD
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: The Juilliard School (graduate), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Philharmonic
Emmy and Grammy award-winner Audra McDonald holds the distinction of being the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer with six Tony Award wins in her career to date.  Her affiliation with Lincoln Center and its resident organizations is inspiring. One year after graduating from The Juilliard School in 1993, McDonald made her Lincoln Center Theater debut in 1994 in a Tony Award-winning performance of Carousel. Since then, she has performed numerous times for Lincoln Center Theater, the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and as a guest artist for The Juilliard School. She currently serves as the host of Live From Lincoln Center. Her appearances at Lincoln Center over the years include Marie Christine(1999), Lincoln Center Theater; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2000, in concert), New York Philharmonic; 2001 Concerts in the Parks, New York Philharmonic; Henry IV, 2003, Lincoln Center Theater; Charles Ives: An American Original in Context, 2004, New York Philharmonic;  Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2005; New Year’s Eve 2006 with Audra McDonald and Members of the New York Philharmonic; Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, 2010, New York Philharmonic; One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, 2012, New York Philharmonic; and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2014, Live From Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic.
 HAROLD PRINCE
Affiliated Lincoln Center Organizations: Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (board member)
Harold Prince, is one of Broadway’s most celebrated producers and directors with more Tony wins than any other individual. Over the course of his illustrious career, Prince has worked with George Abbott, Robert Griffith, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and John Kander and Fred Ebb, producing and directing such favorites as The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, and Sweeney Todd. He made his Lincoln Center debut directing The Ballad of Baby Doe for New York City Opera in 1976, which was the first of his three Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts. He subsequently made his Met Opera debut with a 1990 production of Faust. In 1991 he returned to the Met with Faust and a Benefit for The Metropolitan Opera Pension Fund in celebration of the 25th company anniversaries of Mirella Freni, Alfredo Kraus, and Nicolai Ghiaurov. In 1999 he co-conceived and directed Parade at Lincoln Center Theater. Price is also a board member for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 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. For more information, visit lincolncenter.org

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A special class of 30 Founding Legends, whose work forms the foundation of Lincoln Center, exclusively selected by the Lincoln Center resident organizations: The inaugural group of Founding Legends in alphabetical order: Amyas Ames, George Balanchine, Morton Baum, Vivian Beaumont, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Bing, Anthony Bliss, Gordon J. Davis, Avery Fisher, Bernard Gersten, Lincoln Kirstein, James Levine, John V. Lindsay, Wynton Marsalis, Peter Martins, William F. May, Peter Mennin, Carlos Moseley, Gregory Mosher, Mitzi E. Newhouse, Jerome Robbins, John D. Rockefeller III, Richard Roud, William Schuman, Martin E. Segal, Beverly Sills, Charles M. Spofford, Carleton Sprague Smith, Alice Tully, and Charles Wadsworth.

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 Source: Original Press Release, Lincoln Center News, New York, February 11, 2016 (updated April 27, 2016 and April 4, 2017)
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