Must-See Free Events: September 2017
Summer may be ending, but there are still plenty of free events happening at Lincoln Center in September. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
Met Summer HD Festival: Free Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
Friday, September 1: Tristan und Isolde Acts II & III
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner's meditation on transcendent love, with an acclaimed cast led by Nına Stemme and Stuart Skelton. Mariusz Treliński's insightful production sets the timeless tale against a backdrop of modern-day warfare.
Saturday, September 2: Eugene Onegin
Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei deliver gripping performances in Tchaikovsky's moving opera about unrequited love. Robin Ticciati conducts one of the composer’s most popular scores.
Sunday, September 3: Nabucco
As the title king of Babylon, Plácido Domingo adds another role to his historic Met career, joining forces once again with Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus delivers a poignant performance of Verdi's famous "Va, pensiero."
Monday, September 4: La Traviata
Verdi's timeless tragedy stars Sonya Yoncheva as the conflicted courtesan who hopes that pure love can save her from self-destruction. Michael Fabiano is her beloved Alfredo and Thomas Hampson is the imperious father standing in the way of their happiness.
Roopa Panesar at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Known for her uniquely soulful style of playing, the "outstanding" sitar player Roopa Panesar (Independent, U.K.) is a rising star of the U.K.'s robust Indian music scene. For her Lincoln Center performance, she will be joined by two highly acclaimed musicians—percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah and tabla player Nitin Mitta—for a captivating evening of ragas and originals.
Outside (In)dia: Amir ElSaffar at the David Rubenstein Atrium
For centuries, both Indian raga and Iraqi maqam have been the traditional music forms of expression for people from the Middle East to India. The two improvisational forms evolved along their own lines yet share musical commonalities, both rich in resonance and devotion. In this new collaboration and inaugural event in the Outside (In)dia series, Amir ElSaffar and Brooklyn Raga Massive explore and uncover new intersections between these ancient, profound musical traditions.
Through September 16
Radical Bodies at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin, the inventor of task-based improvisation, taught an experimental workshop on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono's loft in New York and Rainer co-founded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies examines the artistic relationships between Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, shedding light on each artist’s contribution to history. Dance was a conceptual engine of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized, communitarian vision for performance that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day.
Silvio Solis at the David Rubenstein Atrium
The national instrument of Paraguay, the harp has been integral to the country's music since the 16th-century and Silvio Solis is one of the foremost torchbearers of this tradition. Performing on one of the instruments he built himself at his Jackson Heights apartment, Solis fills the Atrium with sparkling renditions of the guarania, polca, canción, and galopa traditions of his homeland. Solis will be accompanied by Argentinean guitarist Dani Cortaza and the famed Paraguayan band Grupo Americanta.
¡VAYA! 63: Charanga America at the David Rubenstein Atrium
We kick off our popular Latin dance series—¡VAYA! 63—with a beloved Bronx legacy. Carrying on the spirit of George and Margie Maysonet, the original Charanga America founders, the new formation will keep the dance floor filled with singing flute-and-violin melodies and classic danzón rhythms.
Mdou Moctar at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Hailing from the Azawagh desert of Niger, guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar is pushing the boundaries of traditional Tuareg music. His first album, Anar, released in 2008, blended guitar with psychedelic electronics. Mp3s of the album turned him into an overnight sensation in West Africa and he continues to incorporate all different styles of music into his songs. He was also the star of the first ever Tuareg-language film, in which he portrayed a struggling guitarist.