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How Lincoln Center manages the kind of programming L.A. Music Center needs
How Lincoln Center manages the kind of programming L.A. Music Center needs

From the day it opened, Lincoln Center, one of the world's grandest arts complexes, has struggled to get it right. That first night in 1962 in Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall and soon to be renamed after David Geffen) was not a great success. It was obvious almost from the evening's first downbeat that the New York Philharmonic had traded the acoustical glories of Carnegie Hall for a new building with a dry sound that robbed a great orchestra of presence and bloom. Even so, there could be then, and there can be now, no overestimating Lincoln Center. The institution has always wanted to be more than just a landlord and babysitter for its resident companies, which...

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