The $1.2 billion redevelopment of the 50 year-old Lincoln Center campus, including the renovation of the State Theater, Alice Tully Hall, the Juilliard School, the School of American Ballet and the fountain plaza, is slated for a 2011 completion, according to The New York Times.
Several projects in the redevelopment will be completed in 2009. Among them are the State Theater, Alice Tully Hall and the fountain plaza.
Also part of Lincoln Center's transformation is the privately owned Harmony Atrium, which will serve as a visitor information center as well as a day-of ticket kiosk for all Lincoln Center performances. The Times reports that the ticket booth will operate in similar fashion to the Theatre Development Fund's TKTS booth, offering discounts of up to 50 percent on tickets.
On May 14, 2009, Lincoln Center officially turns 50. The year-long celebration will boast performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at the Guggenheim Bandshell in Damrosch. The program is slated for broadcast on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center."
A commissioned opera from John Adams is on the bill, as well as works from choreographer Mark Morris and a production of the Philip Glass opera "Einstein on the Beach" at the renovated State Theater. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is planning an exhibit on the illustrious history of Lincoln Center, while the Paley Center for Media intends to present unreleased television programming, including the 1962 opening of Avery Fisher Hall, "The New Met: Countdown to Curtain" and "Juilliard Comes to Lincoln Center."