Lincoln Center Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Provide Comprehensive Consulting Services to Tianjin, China's Fifth Largest City
Lincoln Center has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI) to provide a broad range of consulting services in connection with building a world-class performing arts complex in Yujiapu, the financial center in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, a central government designated economic zone. The announcement of the MOU outlining a strategic framework for providing these services was made today at Lincoln Center by Katherine Farley, Chair of Lincoln Center, and Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center.
Yujiapu, located 45 minutes from downtown Tianjin and 2 ½ hours by car/45 minutes by a new bullet train from China’s capital city, Beijing, is the financial center of the huge greenfield development of Binhai which is approximately ten times the size of Manhattan. With metropolitan Tianjin’s population of 12 million, and Beijing’s of 20 million, Yujiapu is within easy commuting reach of some 32 million residents. Designated a national central city, Tianjin is in the midst of a dramatic expansion, anchored by the Yujiapu area whose cultural centerpiece will be a major performing arts complex scheduled to open around 2015.
This agreement marks the first time Lincoln Center will be providing professional consulting services to a performing arts project. Drawing on unparalleled 50-year operational and global artistic expertise, as well as extensive experience in building acclaimed, high-profile new performing arts facilities on its 16-acre campus, Lincoln Center will collaborate with TIFI in the planning and construction of brand new performing arts facilities. Subject to completing a binding agreement, Lincoln Center will recommend the content of artistic programming, propose an economic model for the performing arts center’s operations, establish a design and construction process, and provide staff training, all in close cooperation with TIFI.
Commented Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley, “This MOU is an important first step in Lincoln Center’s relationship to TIFI and the city of Tianjin. We look forward to providing assistance to TIFI as it plans, builds and trains its executives to operate this exciting new performing arts center.”
Added Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, “China has identified the importance of arts and culture as a national priority, and, as a result, plans are underway to build an unprecedented number of performing arts centers. Having nearly completed an award-winning $1.2 billion physical redevelopment of Lincoln Center, we’re delighted with the opportunity to use our knowledge and expertise to assist in the creation of world-class facilities and programs and in promoting increased exchanges between Chinese artists and organizations and their American counterparts.”
Alexei Ratmansky just signed his contract through 2023. So in addition to the continued guarantee of his great work with the Company, there will be two Ratmansky premieres at this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival, when the Mariinsky Ballet performs Anna Karenina and The Little Humpbacked Horse. We look forward to enjoying his work here in the decade to come.
This week’s Target Free Thursday is a part of our annual Essentially Ellington festival, presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. An all-star combo of Essentially Ellington alumni plays the music of Duke Ellington, celebrating the 16th anniversary of the annual jazz education event that invites select high school jazz bands from across North America to spend three days immersed in workshops, rehearsals, jam sessions, and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Enjoy this Leonard Lopate interview with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, about last year’s Essentially Ellington festival. Then come to the Atrium this Thursday night and enjoy the concert for free!
Announcing the 41st season of Out of Doors, featuring more than 100 FREE performances to fill the plazas of Lincoln Center July 27-August 14
Opening night features US premiere of folk/rock troubador Billy Bragg’s The Big Busk and world premiere of site-specific dance Water by Eiko & Koma
She’s Got the Power! With Lesley Gore, LaLa Brooks of the Crystals, Maxine Brown, Members of a dozen girl groups, and a tribute to songwriter Ellie Greenwich presented in collaboration with The Ponderosa Stomp (7/30)
Mavis Staples (7/31); Malkit Singh (8/4); Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquino (8/6); Laurie Anderson (8/10); Tan Dun (8/12); Marty Stuart (8/13)
Premieres and Debuts Including:
Dance/Music Collaborations: Burnt Sugar / Danz and Don Byron (7/29); Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) and Preservation Hall Jazz Band (8/3); David Dorfman Dance with The Family Stone (8/11)
Flamenco Guitarist/Producer Javier Limón’s Mujeres de Agua featuring Buika and others (8/5)
Steve Cropper’s Tribute to The “5” Royales with Bettye Lavette, David Hood, more (8/14)
Now approaching the finish line, Lincoln Center’s redevelopment program has won an enviable collection of awards. These include:
2007 AIA New York State Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
2008 International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
2009 Los Angeles Times, Top 10 Architecture Moments of 2009, Alice Tully Hall
2009 The Washington Post, Best Architecture of the Decade, Alice Tully Hall
2009 AIA New York State Merit Award, Alice Tully Hall
2009 New York Construction, Best of 2009, Best Cultural Project, Alice Tully Hall
2009 Society of Registered Architects, Design Award, Alice Tully Hall
2009 Progressive Architecture Award Citation, Alice Tully Hall
2009 Honor Award for Interior Architecture from AIA for the School of American Ballet’s Lincoln Kirstein dance studios (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
New York Magazine’s 2009 Cultural Project of the Year Award for Alice Tully Hall
2010 MASterworks Award, Alice Tully Hall
2010 Ontario Steel Design Award of Excellence, Alice Tully Hall/The Juilliard School
2010 SCUP (Society for College & Urban Planning) Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, The Juilliard School
2010 National Award from the American Institutes of Steel Construction IDEAS2 committee for the Juilliard/Alice Tully Hall project
2010 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Alice Tully Hall
A Citation by the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Design Awards Jury in the Unbuilt category for Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)
2011 AIA Architecture Honor Award for the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant
2011 AIA Urban Design Award for Lincoln Center’s Public Spaces
2011 Interiors Honor Award for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
2011 National Award for Structural Engineering from the American Institutes of Steel Construction, Hypar Lawn & Restaurant
Announcing Midsummer Night Swing June 27-July 16, 2011
A celebration of Soul Train with Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, deejay’d by Biz Markie
New York Debuts of Rio samba sensation Diogo Nogueira, Germany’s Ray Collins’ Hot Club, and The Palmetto Bug Stompers from New Orleans
Electro-swing from Paris with Caravan Palace – with a French Revolution costume contestto celebrate Bastille Day
FREE Opening Night on June 27th – enter by lottery on MidsummerNightSwing.org;
Tribute to Illinois Jacquet and 3rd Annual Ambassador Prize Dance Contest in Memory of the Great Frankie Manning on July 16th
Tickets are on sale now for Lincoln Center’s 23rd season of Midsummer Night Swing taking place every Tuesday through Saturday, June 28—July 16, with an added opening event on Monday, June 27th. Swing’s 16 dazzling nights of dancing will take place at the band shell in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Announcing Mostly Mozart Festival 2011 August 2-27
45th SEASON OFFERS 34 EVENTS INCLUDING OPERA, DANCE, CONCERTS, RECITALS, FILMS AND LECTURES
Maestro Louis Langrée Conducts Eight Concerts with Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Festival Features Stravinsky Too, A Nine-Part Focus on the Music of Igor Stravinsky
Iván Fischer Makes Mostly Mozart Debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a staged concert of Don Giovanni at the Rose Theater August 4 & 6, and Leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in an all-Mozart Program Featuring the Seldom-Heard Vesperae solennes de confessore on August 9-10
New York’s Contemporary Ensemble ICE Appointed to a Three-Year Festival Residency Starting this Summer with Programs that Include Two World Premieres, Two US Premieres, and One NY Premiere in Four Concerts including Stravinsky-Focused Programs Led By Pablo Heras-Casado on August 8 with Pianist Peter Serkin and A Little Night Music Tribute
Mark Morris Dance Group Extends the Stravinsky Focus with the NY Premiere of Renard, Performed with Socrates and Festival Dance August 18-20 at the Rose Theater
Twenty-five Mostly Mozart Festival Debuts Including the US Debuts of Soprano Julia Lezhneva and Pianist Bertrand Chamayou, and the NY Debut of Conductor Jérémie Rhorer
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