Jun 08, 2012

John Goberman Is Departing as Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center After 39 Years

Mr. Goberman was cited by Symphony Magazine as one of the 50 most important people who have made a difference in the history of American music.

June 8, 2012

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John Goberman, who created the groundbreaking Emmy, Grammy and Peabody Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center series that brings the world’s greatest artists on Lincoln Center’s renowned stages to millions of homes across the country, is departing as Executive Producer on June 30 after more than 200 live national telecasts. The only live performing arts series on television, Live From Lincoln Center is in its 37th season and will continue airing on PBS this fall.

Mr. Goberman was cited by Symphony Magazine as one of the 50 most important people who have made a difference in the history of American music. As a leader in bringing the finest of the performing arts to American audiences, Mr. Goberman pioneered the video and audio technology by which concerts, opera, ballets and plays could be telecast during live performances without disruption of performers and audiences. His work on television has received 13 national Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards and the first Television Critics Circle Award for Achievement in Music.

Noted Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center: “As the founding creator of the multiple award-winning Live From Lincoln Center series, John is a true pioneer in bringing the finest in live performance into the homes of millions of people. John and his team set the television standard by which the performing arts could be appreciated outside of the concert hall. His innovative work not only influenced creative and production professionals in the arts, but it also had an impact on the way news and sports events are covered.”

Mr. Goberman commented: “During my many years at Lincoln Center, it has been a great thrill to have dealt with the best there is in the performing arts and to have shared it with millions all over the nation. Because of a remarkably talented group of producing and technical colleagues, Lincoln Center’s artists and resident organizations have been well served over many years.”

In addition to his accomplishments at Lincoln Center, Mr. Goberman also created the concept of “Symphonic Cinema” in which great orchestral scores are performed live to the films for which they were commissioned. Mr. Goberman will leave his full-time position at Lincoln Center to focus on these events, as well as staging concert galas and video presentations across the country.

As Live From Lincoln Center enters its new season, Lincoln Center will incorporate distribution of the series and related, newly-produced content on additional platforms as part of its commitment to broadening public access to world-class performing arts experiences.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of some 5,000 programs annually, LCPA complements the extraordinary offerings of the 10 other Lincoln Center resident organizations, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to hundreds of thousands of people each year through a variety of popular series. These programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center.


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