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 LincolnCenter, 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.
Bruce Adolphe recordings
Marita and Her Heart’s Desire