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The Groundbreaking Ceremony of Lincoln Center

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With remarks by Leonard Bernstein and President Eisenhower, plus music by the New York Philharmonic, Juilliard Chorus, and the Metropolitan Opera, ground broke on Lincoln Center.

Great Performances: The Opera House, the new documentary by multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke (Grey GardensLalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton) surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York City. Premieres Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps.

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From Broadway and 64th Street in New York City WCBS-TV brings you the groundbreaking ceremony of a Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Featuring an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and music by the New York Philharmonic conducted by its the Juilliard Chorus and Metropolitan Opera Stars Risë Stevens and Leonard Wood And now Mr. Burns ladies and gentlemen with this playing of Aaron Copland's fanfare For the common man We have duly assured in the first stage of a remarkable project the culmination of three years of planning to give New York and the whole American nation a great center of the performing arts The like of which the world has never seen Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to announce the arrival at Lincoln Center of the President of the United States.

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