Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) is the preeminent performing arts complex in the United States. Situated on 16.3 acres on New York City's Upper West Side, the complex is home to 12 performing arts companies and educational institutions dedicated to the arts of music, dance and drama, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The other 11 companies include the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Juilliard School, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the School of American Ballet.

LCPA is the world’s leading presenter of performing arts. Its series (“Lincoln Center Presents”) includes American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, and the Mostly Mozart Festival.

These LCPA programs offer more than 400 performances of music, opera, theater, dance, and multimedia events each year, ranging from authentic Kabuki theater and dance premieres from world-renowned choreographers to groundbreaking outdoor video installations; outdoor dancing to live music on Josie Robertson Plaza; opera performed with life-size puppets; and free performances of Korean drumming and African dance.

In 2009, Lincoln Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with a year-long celebration of special events, commissions and performances. 

Programs for Seniors
Lincoln Center's Programs and Services for People with Disabilities (PSPD) includes a Community Outreach Program that brings Lincoln Center entertainment to the physically challenged, including the elderly, residents of hospitals and nursing homes. Participants in this program include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Juilliard School. This program runs each spring has served 28 facilities in the metropolitan New York City area. Call (212) 875-5375 for more information.


Guided tours of the Lincoln Center complex are offered daily for individuals and groups. Guests gain entry into world renowned performance halls including: Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, David H. Koch Theater, Vivian Beaumont Theater and the dramatically transfromed Alice Tully Hall.  Along the way, visitors will hear fascinating stories about what happens on and off the stage, art, history and architecture, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a rehearsal in progress.  Reservations recommended as times and availability change.

For Children with Disabilities:

Passport to the World of the Performing Arts provides a window on the performing arts for children with disabilities and is divided into two components. The first provides children with disabilities, their parents and siblings an opportunity to come to performances at Lincoln Center on weekends. The second components provides children with disabilities an opportunity to come to Lincoln Center during school hours to attend the Meet the Artist School Series. This program celebrates the diversity of the performing arts by exploring opera or the silent art of mime, Broadway or the new beats, improv or tap. Each program offers exciting performances as well as direct instruction and inspiration from the artists. For additional information , click here or call (212) 875-5375 or TTY 212-875-5409.


Meet the Artist is a program uniquely designed for schools or private youth groups. With equal finesse, it targets classrooms with specific field trip requirements and the needs of professional tour operators or affinity groups looking for unforgettable, custom, cultural experiences.

The Meet the Artist School Series presents a wide range of performances, giving students the chance to learn about the performing arts from professional artists of diverse artistic disciplines.  Whether the presentation is based in opera, dance, jazz, classical, musical theater or even drama, each program showcases a unique blend of performance, participation and education to provide students the opportunity to experience the arts first-hand and to talk with lively talent.  Each program ties into academic currciula ranging from foreign language study and literature to mathematics and social studies.  The Meet the Artist School Series includes a guided tour of Lincoln Center, its theaters and its history.  Combined, this highly interactive experience lasts approximately two hours.  $10 per student.  Programs are all inclusive and offered for young people with physical and/or mental disabilities.  Click here for more detailed information.

Meet the Artist custom programs are the perfect solution for group leaders or trip planners hosting student audiences.  Visitor Services staff match performers to a group's tastes with a one-hour music, theater or dance performance. The visit culminates in a question-and-answer session between audience and artists where talent quite literally steps out of the spotlight to interact and share personal stories.  The program occurs in the intimate space of Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse.  Prices vary by group size and selected artist(s).  Click here for more detailed information.

Master Class is an innovative program inviting your group to bring its instruments, voices or dance shoes and learn from the best.  These 90-minute clinics provide expert instruction by a maestro, chorale master, drama coach or dance captain and can be followed by a tour of the campus or the opportunity for students to perform on campus. Click here for more detailed information.

Youth groups or individual guests can pre-book guided tours to our premier venues including Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, the David H. Koch Theater, the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the boldly restyled Alice Tully Hall.  Groups will learn the history of the world's largest performing arts center, perhaps catch a rehearsal in progress and get the inside story on Lincoln Center's unprecedented redevelopment project. Click here  for more detailed information.  Student and/or group rates apply.