701 W Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78704
Since its opening in 2008, the Long Center has become one of the nation’s premier cultural showplaces, a world-class facility that is nonetheless completely and uniquely Austin. A center-stage location on the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake and a unique design that combines history with innovation showcase Austin’s natural beauty and commitment to sustainability. And the story of how the Long Center came to be, featuring a literal cast of thousands, reflects Austin’s community-wide commitment to cultural excellence and quality of life.The Long Center is the climax of a story that goes back nearly 20 years, when leaders of the arts community first coalesced around a vision, a world-class arts center that Austin could call its own and that was fitting to the quality of work being performed here, particularly by Long Center Founding Resident Companies Austin Lyric Opera, The Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin. The need for suitable performance space had always been a challenge for Austin artists.