When President Dwight D. Eisenhower wielded a shovel during the official groundbreaking ceremony for Lincoln Center on May 14, 1959, the nation’s first major cultural complex was born. WNET debuted three years later, with Edward R. Murrow ushering in the maiden broadcast. In 1965, WNET aired one of the first public television programs filmed at Lincoln Center – Three Premieres, a Lincoln Center: Stage 5 episode featuring choreography by Anna Sokolow.
An historic partnership was born, culminating in the opening of The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in April 2010.
That relationship continues today with Live From Lincoln Center and other specials, including Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center With Patti LuPone, a new documentary on the recent renovation and fascinating history of the storied performing arts center. LuPone, a graduate of the Juilliard School who has appeared on almost every stage at Lincoln Center, hosts and narrates.
The film showcases the stunning architectural renovations that are opening up Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus in surprising ways, from a glass box dance studio that juts out over Broadway to a new Atrium that invites visitors to buy discount tickets, take tours, or enjoy free performances. Rare archival footage reveals Lincoln Center’s colorful history, with insights from The New Yorker’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Metropolitan Opera executive producer Peter Gelb, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ president Reynold Levy, and artists and architects who worked on the renovation.
Major support for Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center with Patti LuPone is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, and the Metropolitan Media Fund.