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Alice Tully Hall

1941 Broadway
New York City, NY 10023
212.875.5050
http://www.lincolncenter.org


 

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York City, NY 10024
212.769.5100
http://www.amnh.org

This museum is a big contributing factor of the Upper West Sides family-friendly reputation. A lush campus with an imposing architectural profile that's chock full of fascinating exhibitions for young and old alike. There's a terrific IMAX theater for watching documentaries. And the state-of-the-art Rose Planetarium a wonderful space for seeing stars.


 

Avery Fisher Hall

132 West 65th Street
New York City, NY 10023
212.875.5030
http://www.lincolncenter.org

Home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel became the music director in late 2002 and has continued to lead this renowned ensemble in their acclaimed performance and recording of both classics and lesser known, more "modern" works. Since 1917, the Philharmonic has created over 2,000 recordings and given over 13,500 concerts. This hall is also host to a wealth of other internationally acclaimed performers.


 

Beacon Theater

2124 Broadway
New York City, NY 10023
212.465.6500
http://www.beacontheatre.com/

This beautiful, historic theater hall is host to some of New York's most notable music events, ranging from rock and pop to hip-hop. There are also occasional stand-up comedians. Beacon Theater is home to the annual holiday performance classic of Dickens’, "A Christmas Carol."


 

Columbia University

2960 Broadway
New York City, NY 10027
212.854.1754
http://www.columbia.edu

Aside from being one of the top universities in the country, Columbia also offers the public an extensive calendar of lectures and cultural events. Visiting professors from all over the world come here to lecture on politics, history, archeology, and art. There are also leading musical performances and film screenings.


 

Frederick P. Rose Hall

33 West 60th Street
New York City, NY 10023
212.258.9800
http://www.jalc.org

This is New York's newest addition to the performing arts scene. The first name in world-class jazz, this snazzy performance venue is located on an upper atrium of the Time Warner Center with views of the city for inspiration. Their program of events is under the supervision of Artistic Director and famed musician Wynton Marsalis. Although not in the main Lincoln Center complex, it stills fall under the moniker of "Jazz at Lincoln Center."


 

Juilliard

60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York City, NY 10023
212.799.5000
http://www.juilliard.edu

Considered among the top conservatories in the world, this school has been training classical musicians for over one hundred years. They also offer a full roster of public performances, featuring their own students and international solo guests.


 

Metropolitan Opera House

Lincoln Center
New York City, NY 10023
212.362.6000
http://www.metopera.org

One of the most esteemed opera venues in the world, the Met has been graced with the finest names in opera, including all three tenors. The colossal stage is equipped to dump over 3,000 gallons of water should the scene require some precipitation. The halls are graced by massive murals by Chagall.


 

Miller Theater

2960 Broadway
New York City, NY 10027
212.854.7799
http://www.millertheatre.com

Although part of Columbia University, Miller Theater warrants distinct recognition for its roster of world-class musical performers. A showcase for everything from Bach Concertos to live jazz, they also sponsor an ongoing project dedicated to the works of Tudor composer, Robert Parsons.


 

New York State Theater

1881 Broadway
New York City, NY 10023
212.546.2656
http://www.lincolncenter.org

Home to the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera, this opera house features a wonderful repertoire of classical performance. The New York State Theater is well-known for their production of the Nutcracker Suite, which is sold out each and every Christmas.


 

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway
New York City, NY 10025
212.864.5400
http://www.symphonyspace.org/

Symphony Space isn't just about music, although they do feature some top-tier musicians. You're just as likely to come across fine, innovative theater, film, and dance. They even offer classes and special family programs, all of which showcase their dynamic, state-of-the-art facilities.


 

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York City, NY 10025
212.316.7490
http://www.stjohndivine.org/

Aside from its historic significance as one of the most architecturally magnificent churches in Manhattan, St. John the Divine also serves as a thriving cultural center and a regular venue for leading musical performances, readings and plays. Of special note is their annual holiday performance of Handel's "Messiah."


 

Vivian Beaumont Theater

150 West 65th Street
New York City, NY 10023
212.368.0088
http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/vivianbeaumonttheater/theater.html

It's easy to overlook this small building at the back of the Lincoln Center complex. Nonetheless, it's as treasured a resource for live events as you will find anywhere. The Vivian Beaumont is dedicated to classic stage performance. One of their recent productions was a revival of the 1942 comedy, "The Rivals." There is also a small 299-seat theater called the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, which similarly showcases interesting, somewhat innovative pieces.


 

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street
New York City, NY 10023
212.875.5600
http://http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/wrt.html

Once upon a time, Manhattan was filled with old movie theaters dedicated to showing golden oldies and obscure foreign films. Then came the video age and, whoosh, theaters were turned into nightclubs and popcorn was suddenly microwavable. A tribute to things past, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honors the age-old tradition of screening classic, international and independent films. The roster is ever-changing, but the fact remains the same: Here you will see movies you'd never have the opportunity to see anywhere else.

 

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