Beacon to the World: A History of Lincoln Center

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Beacon to the World: A History of Lincoln Center
A comprehensive history of the creation and growth of Lincoln Center, exploring the interconnections between politicians, financiers, and performing artists

"Masterful. . . . A powerful work of nonfiction with the drama of a novel."--Jaap van Zweden, Wall Street Journal

In this comprehensive history of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, longtime Juilliard president Joseph Polisi guides us through the complex convergence of the worlds of politics, finance, and the performing arts throughout the years of the Center's history, including the roles played by Robert Moses, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Leonard Bernstein, William Schuman, Elia Kazan, Joseph Papp, Alice Tully, Beverly Sills, and many others.

Polisi explores the social and political environment during the Center's history, reflecting the growth and evolution of the performing arts in America from its post-World War II roots to the present day of global interaction. The history of the birth and growth of this unique institution is a story of determination, economic acumen, political machinations, artistic innovations, and above all the strong belief that the arts are at the center of the fabric of American society and that they should be supported and embraced by all citizens.

Publication Date: 
June 14, 2022