Spring is finally here, and there's no better reason to come out of hibernation than to attend a free event at Lincoln Center. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
April 1 through 8
Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The over 43,000 items represent the full array of audio formats in use during Toscanini’s lifetime, including lacquer, shellac, and vinyl discs, tape reels, cylinders, and wire recordings as well as the more obscure selenophone recordings and the metal parts used in the production of 78 rpm discs. As one of the world’s leading sound archives, the Library for the Performing Arts will place front and center Toscanini’s recordings through ongoing live demonstrations and free public programs devoted to the craft of preserving and archiving the technology he helped define during his lifetime.
Liederabend at Paul Recital Hall
Artists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano Department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.
Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe: I Am American at the David Rubenstein Atrium
At a time when it seems every manifestation of black self-affirmation—Black Lives Matter, black self-care, Black Girl Magic—is being assailed by prickly sorts antagonized by most things black and self-affirming, Black-on-Black love has become medicine for the melancholy, an elixir crucial to keeping the African Diaspora sane and forward-moving. Shelley Nicole—the mainspring behind Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe—is simultaneously a product, a witness, and architect of Black-on-Black love, a calling that has informed all of her work as a singer, writer, composer, actor, poet, musician, and healer. It is the taproot of her latest work, I Am American, a collection of songs written by her and produced by award-winning guitarist, composer, and producer Vernon Reid of the band Living Colour.
April 6 through May 25
Young Music Makers on the Josie Robertson Plaza
Each spring for more than two decades, schools from throughout the U.S. present their bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, choruses, and orchestras on Lincoln Center's outdoor plazas as part of Lincoln Center's Young Music Makers series. Performances by the school groups are free to the public and usually occur around lunchtime, when the plazas are crowded with visitors and Lincoln Center neighbors.
Lincoln Center Moments: New York Philharmonic at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
This free performance-based program is specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center’s unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting. This program includes a one-hour performance, followed by a one-hour discussion, movement, and art-making workshop for participants to reflect upon their experience.
Fact or Fiction? Amadeus and the Portrayal of an Artist at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Thirty-five years after its premiere in 1984, Miloš Forman's film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus stands as the most vivid, powerful, and controversial composer biopic of its time, one of the few times classical music was thrust into the American mainstream. The movie's tagline was diabolically clever: "Everything You've Heard is True!" While on one level it simply refers to the power of the film, it subtly reinforces the notion that viewers were engaged with a true story—a real docudrama—rather than fiction inspired by Alexander Pushkin's 1830 play Mozart and Salieri. Ahead of the Philharmonic's presentation of Amadeus—Live (April 11–17, conducted by Richard Kaufman), Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Michael Beckerman debates the issues, ideas, and ethics of Amadeus.
Aeolus Quartet at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Discover why this invigorating chamber ensemble, named for the Greek god of the four winds, is "clearly a string quartet to watch" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center's Great Performers
Outside (In)dia: Martha Redbone at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Appalachian and Native American song is at the root of American music. Today, their song and struggle is particularly relevant and Martha Redbone is a clear and beautiful voice that represents these deep musical traditions. Her music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia, to Harlan County, Kentucky, and beyond to Brooklyn's Dodge City-esque mean streets.
Tonight, Martha's ensemble joins with Brooklyn Raga Massive's community of Indian music–inspired artists to highlight both the roots and contemporary interpretations of these traditions. The evening’s performance will feature a visual score by artist Nitin Mukul.
Suite for Abu Sadiya featuring Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal & Nasheet Waits at the David Rubenstein Atrium
In this musical take on a North African myth, Brooklyn-based, French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten Stambeli tradition—a healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. Boulares and Segal's original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of the hunter Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, thus becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the memory of sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.
¡VAYA! 63: Eddie Montalvo y su Orquesta at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Bronx-born conguero Eddie Montalvo started keeping time when he was just five years old, eventually backing superstars Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, and Johnny Pacheco, and in 1979 he became the youngest member of the Fania All-Stars. Montalvo’s most recent, Grammy-nominated solo album Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico proves that this rhythm prodigy still brings it. He returns to Lincoln Center with his band for a night of classic salsa.
Downtown Comes Uptown featuring Elizabeth and the Catapult & Madison McFerrin at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Over the course of two nights, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and WFUV partner to spotlight four talented artists in two distinctly different settings. These unique artists bring songs and stories of their everyday stomping grounds—the downtown club scene—to a new audience at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium as they perform selections of their work in a showcase hosted by WFUV radio personality Rita Houston. The following night, all four artists return to the Lower East Side with full performances at Rockwood Music Hall.
More artists to be announced