History of Lincoln Center: the 1990s

  • November 19, 1990
    The Samuel B. and David Rose Building opens. The architects are Davis, Brody & Associates and Abramovitz, Harris, Kingsland. The primary architect is Lew Davis.
  • January 27, 1991
    The Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center opens with concerts held at Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. It is the world's largest and most comprehensive tribute to the life and works of Mozart.
  • May 9, 1991
    Cafe Vienna, a re-creation of a Viennese Kasffeehaus, opens in Avery Fisher Hall.
  • December 3, 1991
    The Walter Reade Theater opens.
  • February 20, 1992
    Lincoln Center Institute's Clark Studio Theater opens.
  • January 12, 1993
    Lincoln Center Institute announces the creation of the Association of Institutes for Aesthetic Education.
  • June 13, 1994
    Beverly Sills elected Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. on June 13, 1994. She is the first woman and the first professional musician to be elected to this position. She serves as Chairman until May 1, 2002.
  • August 1, 1994
    The Lincoln Center Community Arts Project begins its first full season of operation. The project offers a financial subsidy to small performing arts organizations in the metropolitan New York City area enabling them to present their works at Alice Tully Hall.
  • July 1, 1996
    Jazz at Lincoln Center is elected a constituent.
  • July 22, 1996
    The Lincoln Center Festival begins.
  • November 30, 1996
    Reel to Real for Kids, combining classic films with live performances, begins in the Walter Reade Theater. This series is a collaboration between Lincoln Center, Inc., and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • July 12, 1997
    The Paul Milstein Plaza is dedicated. It was suggested by Robert Moses in 1958. Designed in 1964–65 by the firm of Harrison & Abramovitz, the plaza was partially redesigned in 1984-85 by Lew Davis of Davis & Brody/Abramovitz, Harris & Kingsland.
  • September 15, 1998
    Fountain plaza is named the Josie Robertson Plaza in honor of the wife of Julian Robertson.
  • February 5, 1999
    Lincoln Center's American Songbook series begins.