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John Goberman

About this Artist

JOHN GOBERMAN is probably best known as the creator and founding producer of  LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER. This award-winning series of television specials has brought the finest of the performing arts to American audiences for over 35 years.  To produce the series, Mr. Goberman developed the video and audio techniques and technology by which concerts, opera, ballets and plays can be telecast during live performances without disruption of performers and audiences.  He has produced more than 200 national performing arts specials with the constituents of Lincoln Center, from the New York City Ballet to the New York Philharmonic with programs ranging from Genius has a Birthday: Stravinsky and Balanchine to Marsalis on Armstrong.  As Executive Producer/Television for Lincoln Center, he also produced a companion series, BACKSTAGE\LINCOLN CENTER, as an introduction to the performing arts including “This Old Cello”, with Yo-Yo Ma and “Stagefright” with Luciano Pavarotti.


He is also the creator of a new form of film/concert presentation, symphonic cinema, performing 20th century symphonic works composed for film and orchestra, consisting of the film classics ALEXANDER NEVSKY and SCENES FROM IVAN THE TERRIBLE, selected offerings from Hollywood films in the presentation of A SYMPHONIC NIGHT AT THE MOVIES (A Night at the Oscars, Great Loves of the Silver Screen, Screen Classics, Hitchcock, Gotta Dance! and Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies) and the latest additions, the full-length feature films Wizard of Oz and Psycho, Casablanca and Singin’ in the Rain.  He co-produced the theatrical film, DISTANT HARMONY: PAVAROTTI IN CHINA, and has made films for museums across the country, ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Mariners’ Museum.  He has produced numerous opera, ballet and concert telecasts from major performing arts institutions both here and abroad and produced The White House: In Tune with History a film for PBS about the history of music at the White House.

For his work on public and commercial television, Mr. Goberman has received 13 National Emmy Awards; 3 Peabody Awards; 8 Sigma Alpha Iota awards; the first Television Critics Circle Award for Achievement in Music and has 53 Emmy Award nominations.  He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport and was cited by Symphony Magazine as one of the fifty most important people who have made a difference in the history of American music.