Winter is in the air, but free events are happening across the Lincoln Center campus this December! See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
  • December 1–30

    Photo by Robert Hupka. Courtesy of the Estate of Robert Hupka, Arthur M. Fierro, executor. Toscanini Legacy Papers, Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

    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.

    Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    It is so much a part of the holidays in New York, that it is now hard to imagine a time when George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® did not call for an annual pilgrimage to the ballet. The exhibition charts the early years of the ballet’s life from its premiere in February 1954 to the success of the remounted production in 1964.

    • December 2

      Photo by Michaela von Seydlitz

      LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Duke Otherwise at the David Rubenstein Atrium

      Kids and grownups will delight together in the hilarious and imaginative songs of this charismatic guitar-playing, tap-dancing performer.

      • December 4

        Photo by Kevin Yatarola

        Lincoln Center Moments: Snapshots of Sound 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. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents an interactive sound salon, featuring rare recordings from the Library's vast archives of recorded sound. Revel in nostalgia listening to Frank Sinatra on the radio, Arturo Toscanini in rehearsal, Bob Newhart's hilarious unreleased bits, and other treasures from the Library.

        • December 5

          Inside the Orchestra: Yesterday, Today, and Imagining the Future at the David Rubenstein Atrium

          To mark the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic’s first concert, on December 7, 1842, four generations of New York Philharmonic musicians—dating back to 1948—will join Philharmonic archivist/historian Barbara Haws to reminisce about the Orchestra they joined; how it has changed and what has stayed the same; favorite musical moments, accompanied by audio/video excerpts; and a free-wheeling imagining of the Philharmonic of the 22nd century.

          • December 9–30

            Leonard Bernstein at 100 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

            Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the centennial of America’s greatest classical composer and conductor. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting.

            • December 12

              Lincoln Center Moments: Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss, Piano Duo 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. The performance includes works by Liszt, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

              • December 14

                Photo by Shervin Lainez

                Sunny Jain's ExtravaJAMza at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                Called “the Hendrix of the dhol” (Manchester Salon), Brooklyn-based drummer and composer Sunny Jain is best known as the founder and dhol player of Red Baraat, the Indian-American party band that delivers a fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. Tonight, Jain fuses his love of music and food to bring you an evening of performance in and out of the kitchen.

                • December 16

                  LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: The Littlest Train by Chris Gall at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                  In this endearing story of a tiny toy train, the creator of the hit series Dinotrux now breathes life into more than a half-dozen trains that climb, haul, chug, zip, and zoom. In a small room, down a short flight of stairs, there lives a little toy train...about to have a BIG adventure! There's an endless world to explore and awe-inspiring new friends to meet. Mighty Max, Chloe Cogs, Sara Speedster, and Farley Freighter can reach all the best sights, lickety-split. But when the day is done and the sun goes down, will the littlest train find his way home? Calling all train lovers: All aboard!

                  • December 21

                    Photo courtesy of the artist

                    ¡VAYA! 63: Tipico Urbano at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                    Hit the dance floor with this young New York band that infuses traditional Dominican merengue rhythms with youthful lyrics and exciting new musical concepts.

                    • December 28

                      Photo by Gulnara Khamatova

                      Dayna Stephens Triptagon at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                      A DownBeat "Rising Star" and JazzTimes Editor's Pick, tenor saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens is always searching for what's "singable." This search often results in live improvisations and written compositions that challenge traditional concepts of harmony, pushing phrasing and beautiful melodies in unlikely directions.