Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame

Last night at Alice Tully Hall, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center held its first-ever induction ceremony and gala. The inaugural class of honorees included legendary artists Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price, Harold Prince, and Louis Armstrong. The event also honored Lincoln Center's founding members, whose spirit of innovation made Lincoln Center possible. Hosted by CBS's Norah O'Donnell, the-one-night only exclusive celebration raised $1.1 million for the 10 arts organizations of Lincoln Center.

Creative luminaries and patrons braved the unseasonably chilly night to toast these legends in their respective disciplines. Tina Fey, Alan Alda, Renée Fleming, Joel Grey and Denyce Graves (who also performed) were among the evening's presenters. Performers included Gavin Creel, Jared Grimes, Emily Skinner, the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bria Skonberg. A stirring highlight was Adam Gwon's original composition for Audra McDonald performed by James Monroe Iglehart, Ashley Brown and Lindsay Mendez, backed by Rosie's Theater Kids chorus. Operalia Competition singers, and vocalists from the Washington National Opera and LA Opera Young Artist programs also performed.

A common theme expressed by honorees and presenters alike was their deep admiration for Lincoln Center and an unwavering belief in the performing arts as a connecting thread for all of humanity. Wynton Marsalis said of his hero Louis Armstrong: "The depth of his humanity is what made him great." Yo-Yo Ma observed "Music is a human interaction. Think about the power of art for ourselves and our society." Meanwhile Audra McDonald thanked her Lincoln Center family for giving her the life she is so fortunate to lead.

The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center honors artists and cultural leaders who embody greatness in their field. It recognizes the dynamic creativity, tenacity, and innovative spirit that characterizes these artists and inspires future generations of arts pioneers. Never before has there been a hall of fame dedicated solely to the performing arts, and Lincoln Center, as the nation's leading performing arts center, is proud to host the very first.

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Alan Alda, James Monroe Iglehart, Yunpeng Wang, Petr Nekoranec, Lindsay Mendez, Gavin Creel, Ashley Brown and performers attend Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Gavin Creel poses backstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
James Monroe Iglehart performs onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
(L-R) Ashley Brown, James Monroe Iglehart and Lindsay Mendez perform onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Ashley Brown performs onstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Performers onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Lindsay Mendez performs onstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Joel Grey onstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Joel Grey (L) and Hal Prince onstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Emily Skinner (L), Gavin Creel and dancers perform onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Emily Skinner (L), Gavin Creel and dancers perform onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
(L-R) James Monroe Iglehart, Tina Fey, Ashley Brown, Audra McDonald, Lindsay Mendez and Norah O'Donnell attend Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Hal Prince speaks onstage at Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Emily Skinner performs onstage at the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) Photo Flash: Hal Prince, Audra McDonald, and More Inducted Into Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Inductee, Audra McDonald speaks onstage during the Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lincoln Center)

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