Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts is the largest of its kind in the world and the twelve
constituents include orchestras and ensembles such as the Chamber Music
Society, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. They gave their debut concert in the
Alice Tully Hall in 1969 after the composer William Schuman,
also the President of the Lincoln Center, had started
to plan for them in 1965.
They began as a small repertory company under the artistic direction
of Charles Wadsworth and the patronage of Alice Tully and now have 35
permanent members as well as featuring guest artists. Educational programs are run by the
society for children and adults alike, with family concerts such as Meet
the Music and school-based programs such as Teens Take Charge. They have commissioned over 135 new
works from composers including Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Adolphe, Samuel
Barber and Peter Schickele and have made many international and national
concert tours and are often heard on the NPR series Performance Today.
Their discography includes Bach's Complete Brandenburg Concertos and
the Grammy Award nominated The Complete Chamber Music of Claude Debussy.
Her Heart's Desire