The night's eclectic program, which ranged from 15th century Sephardic music to a 1999 Osvaldo Golijov piece, kept things livelier than a passel of Bollywood dancers. The crowd went wild for Leon Fleisher's performance of Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue (he's the great pianist who fell victim to a rare neurological disorder, lost the use of his left hand for four decades, and made an astonishing comeback just two years ago).
We loved the soaring, glass-enclosed lobby-cum-cafe; the auditorium's terrific acoustics, the firm yet comfy seats and the LED-illuminated wood "skin" inside the hall that imparts a rosy glow.
In short, it made us proud to be New Yorkers. And we were even home in time to see Barbara Walters try to out Hugh Jackman.
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Photos by Richard Termine, courtesy of Lincoln Center