Fifty years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower broke ground for Lincoln Center in New York in 1959, President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address about arts policy there in May as part of the center’s 50th anniversary celebrations. But first, Lincoln Center will fete its milestone with 50 dinners around Manhattan on December 8, hosted by the likes of Agnes Gund and Paul Soros. There’s a lot to celebrate, too: a $1.2 billion campus, including a new Juilliard School and a renovated Alice Tully Hall, which will be the site for a special performance by Michael Feinstein after the December 8 dinners. And, starting February 22, the spiffed-up space will play host to a two-week music festival.
50th Anniversary Dinners and Preview Concert