From free opera screenings on the plaza to a musical exploration of the effects of gentrification, Lincoln Center has a world-class lineup of free events to enjoy in September. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events. 

  • September 1

    Summer HD Festival: Un Ballo in Maschera on Josie Robertson Plaza

    Part of the tenth Summer HD Festival, which features thrilling performances from the Met's Live in HD series of cinema transmissions through September 3

    An all-star cast—including tenor Marcelo Álvarez, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, and the incomparable baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—comes together for Verdi's tragedy of love, friendship, and betrayal. Original transmission: December 8, 2012.

    Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

    • September 2

      Summer HD Festival: Un Ballo in Maschera on Josie Robertson Plaza

      Part of the tenth Summer HD Festival, which features thrilling performances from the Met's Live in HD series of cinema transmissions through September 3

      In Strauss's poignant yet insightful comedy, soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca lead an unforgettable performance, which also features bass Günther Groissböck and soprano Erin Morley. Original transmission: May 13, 2017.

      Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes

      • September 3

        Summer HD Festival: Madama Butterfly on Josie Robertson Plaza

        Part of the tenth Summer HD Festival, which features thrilling performances from the Met's Live in HD series of cinema transmissions through September 3

        Anthony Minghella's striking production stars soprano Kristine Opolais as the tragic title geisha, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her unfaithful American lover. Original transmission: April 2, 2016.

        Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

        • September 6

          Photo courtesy of the artist

          Be Steadwell at the David Rubenstein Atrium

          Hailing from Washington D.C., Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter whose unique blend of soul, a capella, and folk comes together to create "Queer Pop." In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering, and beatboxing to compose songs on stage, featuring earnest lyricism and affirming LGBTQ content.

          • September 12

            Photo courtesy VICE/HBO: Osmin, 7, stands with his father at a hotel being used as a shelter for separated families. They were reunited at 2:00 am that morning after 51 days apart.

            VICE Media: Separated by Birth & Zero Tolerance at the David Rubenstein Atrium

            This special screening and talk-back with the great minds behind VICE and field experts centers on America's current immigration policies and the debates surrounding them.

            In a VICE on HBO special episode dedicated solely to the ongoing immigration debate, correspondent Krishna Andavolu gains rare access to an ICE unit during a targeted enforcement raid, travels to the U.S./Mexico border to interview children whose parents aren't U.S. citizens, and meets the woman who acts as guardian for over 1,200 U.S. children as parents begin to preemptively sign away their rights out of fear of deportation.

            • September 13

              Photo by Katia Paradis

              Doctor Nativo at the David Rubenstein Atrium

              A founding member of the first Mayan rap group, Balam Ajpu, Doctor Nativo's solo work explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice, and folk wisdom. He brings his thrilling musical blend of reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, and Mayan traditional music to Lincoln Center for a free show celebrating Guatemalan Independence Day and the release of his debut solo album, Guatemaya.

              • September 20

                Relevant Tones Live: Vanishing City at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                In his book Vanishing New York, Jeremiah Moss argues that gentrification and rising income inequality are causing the city to slowly lose its soul. Join Seth Boustead, composer and host of WFMT Chicago's Relevant Tones, for a live broadcast exploring the issue's impact on music with Moss, Open House New York executive Director Gregory Wessner, and NewMusicBox co-editor Frank J. Oteri. Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect is also on hand to perform music by New York composers who flourished in a bygone, some say golden, era. On the program: music by cellist, composer, and pop music phenom Arthur Russell; a New York City–premiere choral piece by Julius Eastman (The Moon's Silent Modulation); and a forgotten gem by Tui St. George Tucker.

                Presented in collaboration with Access Contemporary Music

                • September 21

                  ¡VAYA! 63: Charlie Sepulveda and The Turnaround at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                  Our Latin dance party series returns for the 2018–19 season with Latin Grammy Award–winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Charlie Sepulveda and his stellar band. Having played alongside with Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Jon Secada, and Paul Simon, Sepulveda has released 12 albums as a bandleader, including 2017's Mr. EP: A Tribute to Eddie Palmieri. Tonight, he draws on Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, and salsa in all its forms for a night that’s guaranteed to keep people moving.

                  Opening set by DJ Bongohead

                  • September 27

                    Aakash Mittal's Awaz Trio at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                    Led by the "fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer" Aakash Mittal (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the Awaz Trio sculpts sonic landscapes, pointillistic textures, and angular melodies from Indian and American improvised music. Their debut project, Nocturne, is a series of pieces that deconstructs five Hindustani evening and night ragas. The colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and punctuated rhythms that emerge paint a unique picture of the night. At times the music evokes the meditation of a world at rest, night terrors conjured by the imagination, and the slow cadence of blue light melting into darkness. Nocturne is part of the trio's mission to create new work that explores the concept of Awaz, a Hindi-Urdu word that changes meaning between sound, noise, and voice depending on the context.

                    Presented in collaboration with The India Center Foundation and Asian American Arts Alliance