The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center Induction Ceremony & Gala 2017: Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo Among Inductees by Lisa Pacino
The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center Induction Ceremony and Gala, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage, New York, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong (deceased 1971), Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, and Harold Prince are the first to be inducted into the First Class of Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame— Black Tie for cocktails, induction ceremony, and dinner.
The event was hosted by journalist and current co-anchor of CBS This Morning Norah O’Donnell; those in attendance with the inductees were Ms. Leontyne Price’s brother and manager Brigadier General George B. Price (retired) and his wife Dr. Laura Kafka-Price (on behalf of Leontyne Price who is 90 years old), José Plácido Domingo Guerra and Alvaro Maurizio Domingo (the sons of Plácido Domingo on behalf of their father), Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voight, Joel Grey, Alan Alda, Gavin Creel, Heather Headley, Jared Grimes, Tina Fey, Ron Perelman, Dennis Miller, Terrie Williams, Loreen Arbus, Eduardo Donati, Hall of Fame Founding Members included: Wynton Marsalis, Gordon J. Davis, Bernard Gerstein, Gregory Mosher, and Charles Wadsworth. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Chairman Katherine Farley and President Debora L. Spar.
The ceremony was directed by Christopher d’Amboise and featured original music by Stephen Flaherty and Adam Gwon with special tribute performances. The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center is the first hall of fame devoted to excellence in the performing arts, and celebrates the achievement of artists and leaders who contributed to genres including music, dance, theatre, opera, film, and more.
Other performers and attendees included James Monroe Iglehart, Lindsay Mendez, Ashley Brown, Emily Skinner, Bria Skonberg, Joanna Coles, Jimmy Hicks, Jaclyn Davis, Samesh S. Khanna, Miltos Catomeris, Leila Worrell, Mike Hulbert, James and Melissa Shaughnessy, Ruth and Elizabeth Goodstein, Srinija Srinivason, Waynes Uindborne, Pat Cruz, Agnes and Alissa Hessel, Mike James, Alice and David Hunt, Kirtna Pai, Asheet Mehta, Washington National Opera, LA Opera Young Artists Programs, The Silk Road Ensemble, Rosie’s Theatre Kids Chorus, Operlia Competition singers, and participants in the Louis Armstrong Summer Camp Program.
The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center is the first hall of fame that honors the artists and leaders whose exceptional creativity and tenacity have shaped and continue to shape the performing arts across the globe. Lincoln Center hosted its first gala recognizing its Founding Members and the inaugural class of Inductees, which included Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, and Harold Prince. The gala featured special tribute performances and a celebratory dinner. The wonderful evening was a fête to these incredible artists.
Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino is the Director of the Exclusive Worldwide Official Leontyne Price Fan Club.
Please visit our previous article with the inducted honorees brief bios, list of the founding members, and much more— Inaugural Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center, NY 2017: Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo Among Inductees by Lisa Pacino:
Operatic icon soprano Leontyne Price. Photograph by Brian Lanker.
Source: Press Releases, Lincoln Center News, New York, 2016 and 2017.