Recognized as one of New York City’s best live music venues, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts was recently reopened in time to celebrate 40 years of great music and performances at Lehman College’s Bronx campus. The new renovation and addition breathes new life into to a 1970’s brutalist structure and creates a vibrant new entrance to the college. The primary mission of the Center is to bring affordable, high quality and culturally diverse performances from around the world to the Bronx. In addition to its central functions as a concert and performance hall, the facility is an integral component in the life of the college and the surrounding neighborhood; hosting a range of functions including lectures, seminars, recitals and graduation ceremonies for many of the area high schools. Seen from the elevated subway station to the east, the new addition to the Performing Arts Center is a glowing and visible presence in the wider community.