History of Lincoln Center: the 1970s

  • May 11, 1970
    Amyas Ames is elected Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until June 1, 1981.
  • May 11, 1970
    The Consolidated Corporate Fund Drive begins.
  • August 19, 1971
    Everyman-Community Theater Festival is launched as a two-week festival of street theater groups.
  • July 24, 1972
    Mostly Mozart, originally called Midsummer Serenades - A Mozart Festival gets its official name.
  • January 1, 1973
    The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center legally becomes a constituent.
  • May 21, 1973
    The Forum is renamed the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
  • May 30, 1973
    The New York Shakespeare Festival becomes a constituent.
  • June 2, 1973
    The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center ceases to be a constituent.
  • September 18, 1973
    Philharmonic Hall is renamed Avery Fisher Hall in honor of a generous donation made by Avery Fisher.
  • May 20, 1974
    The Lincoln Center Institute is officially founded.
  • August 20, 1974
    Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors begins as a two-week summer festival. The Everyman Street Theater Festival becomes a part of this larger festival
  • September, 1974
    The Music Theater of Lincoln Center, Inc. ceases to be a constituent.
  • October 22, 1974
    The Avery Fisher Artist Program is established to give outstanding American instrumentalists significant recognition on which to continue to build their careers. It includes both The Avery Fisher Prize and the Avery Fisher Career Grants.
  • November 4, 1974
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center becomes a constituent.
  • January 30, 1976
    The first live telecast of Live from Lincoln Center is broadcast over PBS.
  • October 19, 1976
    Avery Fisher Hall re-opens after its acoustical reconstruction. The architects for the reconstruction are Philip Johnson and John Burgee of Johnson/Burgee; the acoustician is Dr. Cyril Harris.
  • August 7, 1977
    The New York Shakespeare Festival ceases to be a constituent.