From a conversation with Joshua Bell to a musical celebration of contemporary Mexican music, Lincoln Center has a world-class lineup of free events to enjoy in October. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

  • October 3

    Sonatenabend in Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall

    Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.

    • October 4

      Photo by David Degner

      Youssra El Hawary at the David Rubenstein Atrium

      Singer, songwriter, and bandleader Youssra El Hawary's songs offer portraits of everyday life in Cairo, blending sounds of the city's underground with French chanson, indie rock, jazz, Mediterranean influences, and acoustic charm into "perfect, easy magic" (NPR). The band released its debut album, No'oum Nasyeen, in 2017 and is performing at Lincoln Center as part of its U.S. debut tour.

      Presented in collaboration with Center Stage

      The presentation of Youssra El Hawary is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

      • October 6

        Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards at the David Rubenstein Atrium

        It's Mardi Gras in Manhattan! Influenced by the music from her mother's hometown of New Orleans, Jazzy Ash and her band the Leaping Lizards bring children along on a swingin' musical tour of her heritage. Let the good times roll with this four-piece band's upbeat jazz and zydeco. Bon Voyage!

        Recommended for ages 2–5

        • October 10

          Photo courtesy of VICE News Tonight on HBO

          VICE Media: She's Running at the David Rubenstein Atrium

          With a record number of women running for office, She's Running is a frank portrayal of what life is like for female political candidates in 2018, offering viewers rare insight into a political campaign—from struggles with political sexism and endless fundraising to the impact campaigning can have on personal lives. For these special episodes, producers from VICE News Tonight, the Emmy Award–winning half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, went behind-the-scenes of 30-year-old Democrat Katie Hill's fight to become the Congressional representative in Los Angeles County's most conservative district. Filmed in real time, the episodes follow Hill and her young team as they maneuver the world of political spin, debates, and lobbying before advancing to the general election this November.

          • October 11

            McCoy Mrubata & Paul Hanmer with special guests Vuyo Sotashe, Jimmy Mgwandi, and Kesivan Naidoo at the David Rubenstein Atrium

            The musical spirit of Johannesburg and Durban fills the David Rubenstein Atrium for this night of South African jazz featuring some of the genre's most respected masters. Celebrating 30 years of friendship and collaboration, reedman McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer, both composers and bandleaders as well, are joined by the award-winning young vocalist Vuyo Sotashe; esteemed bassist, songwriter, and producer Jimmy Mngwandi; and the critically acclaimed drummer Kesivan Naidoo.

            • October 15

              Mastering Sound and Story in The Red Violin at the David Rubenstein Atrium

              Join us on a journey through centuries and across continents as we go behind the scenes of The Red Violin. Hear from John Corigliano, the composer of the Academy Award–winning score; violinist Joshua Bell, the soundtrack's original soloist; and producer Niv Fichman, who discusses the ambitious international scope of the film, with all of its challenges and rewards.

              Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, and Niv Fichman, speakers

              Adam Crane, New York Philharmonic Vice President of External Affairs, moderator

              Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

              • October 17

                Liederabend in Juilliard's 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.

                • October 18

                  Photo by Cristina Isabel Rivera (Gameros)

                  Celebrate Mexico Now: Diana Gameros & Renee Goust at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                  Celebrate a new generation of Mexican-American singer-songwriters with performances by Renee Goust and Diana Gameros. Having grown up between the U.S and Mexico, Goust and Gameros move between cultures, languages, and genres to deliver anthems of personal, cultural, and political identity.

                  Presented in collaboration with the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival

                  • October 19

                    Photo by Silas Green Photography

                    ¡VAYA! 63: Titanes del Trombón at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                    Hailed by critics as a leading trombonist of his generation and "an arranger of the first-class" (JazzTimes), 2018 Grammy nominee Doug Beavers has performed alongside Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Rubén Blades, Paul Simon, and countless others. For this night, he pays tribute to some of his fellow trombone greats in both jazz and Latin music, keeping the dance floor packed with an all-star band, high-energy arrangements of classic tunes, and plenty of trombone.

                    Opening set by DJ Antonio La Conga

                    • October 25

                      Photo by Edgar Garces

                      Kombilesa Mi at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                      Hailing from Palenque, the first free black town in the Americas, the hip-hop group Kombilesa Mi overlays traditional Colombian rhythms and instruments with lyrics in both Spanish and the local language, Palenquero. The result is an electrifying fusion of Palenquero music and urban rap. Proud of their heritage and passionate about music, Kombilesa Mi (Palenquero for "My Friends") represents the voice of a new generation of Colombian musicians. This performance is part of the band's U.S. debut tour.

                      Presented in collaboration with Hi-ARTS.

                      Presented in partnership with Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center.

                      • October 31

                        Sonatenabend in Juilliard's the Paul Recital Hall

                        Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.