They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Reynold Levy Reflects on His Time at Lincoln Center

Encore: June 24, 2015

Lincoln Center is one of the world’s most prominent cultural institutions and certainly the country’s most vibrant performing arts destination. So, why did so many friends and colleagues tell Reynold Levy he was nuts when he applied to become president of that venerable institution back in 2002?

In his book They Told Me Not to Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics and the Transformation of Lincoln Center, Mr. Levy answers that question and, in the process, tells the inside story of the dramatic 12 years he spent guiding Lincoln Center through a major campus redevelopment and more than a few conflicts, challenges and crises.

Read an excerpt from They Told Me Not to Take That Job below.

The following is an excerpt from THEY TOLD ME NOT TO TAKE THAT JOB: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center by Reynold Levy.  Reprinted with permission from PublicAffairs.


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