Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

The Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center celebrates its inaugural season under Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Jonathon Heyward with exciting premieres and commissions paired with timeless classics. The ensemble, formerly the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, is comprised of world-class musicians who perform year-round as soloists, chamber musicians, and in other ensembles across Lincoln Center's campus and around the globe. The Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center comes together each summer during Lincoln Center's Summer for the City to celebrate and share iconic works of classical music in dialogue with new and rediscovered music. All seats are available for Choose-What-You-Pay prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Festival Orchestra events

July 20 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Symphony of Choice

A Crowd-Composed Concert

Lincoln Center Presents

July 20 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Vote for your choice of repertoire from a selection of works that preview the Orchestra’s summer season!

July 23 at 10:30 am

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Relaxed Open Rehearsal: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Beethoven
Lincoln Center Presents

July 23 at 10:30 am

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

This Relaxed Rehearsal will provide a peek behind the scenes as the Festival Orchestra prepares a piece for performance.

July 23 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and a Huang Ruo Premiere

Opening Performance of the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Huang Ruo | Beethoven
Lincoln Center Presents

July 23 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Celebrate nature and explore your surroundings in a new light with this timeless classic and Huang Ruo’s City of Floating Sounds.

July 24 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and a Huang Ruo Premiere

Opening Performance of the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Huang Ruo | Beethoven
Lincoln Center Presents

July 24 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Celebrate nature and explore your surroundings in a new light with this timeless classic and Huang Ruo’s City of Floating Sounds.

July 26 at 6:00 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Festival Orchestra Pre-Show Panel Discussion

Can practicing the arts be good for your health?

Lincoln Center Presents

July 26 at 6:00 pm

Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

Join leading artists and researchers in a 3-part series of conversations exploring the intersection of the arts and healing.

July 26 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Kazem Abdullah Conducts Brahms and Stravinsky

Featuring Benjamin Beilman in the Avery Fisher Legacy Concert

Brahms | Ballard | Stravinsky
Lincoln Center Presents

July 26 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Travel through time in this thought-provoking program of intricate musical narratives featuring Brahms's Violin Concerto, Indigenous melodies, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella ballet.

July 27 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Kazem Abdullah Conducts Brahms and Stravinsky

Featuring Benjamin Beilman in the Avery Fisher Legacy Concert

Brahms | Ballard | Stravinsky
Lincoln Center Presents

July 27 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Travel through time in this thought-provoking program of intricate musical narratives featuring Brahms's Violin Concerto, Indigenous melodies, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella ballet.

July 30 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducts Haydn and Ginastera

Featuring J’Nai Bridges singing Lieberson’s Neruda Songs

Haydn | Lieberson | Ginastera
Lincoln Center Presents

July 30 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Experience the breadth of human emotion with Haydn’s “Passion”, the ardent poetry of Pablo Neruda, and the electric Variaciones concertantes.

July 31 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducts Haydn and Ginastera

Featuring J’Nai Bridges singing Lieberson’s Neruda Songs

Haydn | Lieberson | Ginastera
Lincoln Center Presents

July 31 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Experience the breadth of human emotion with Haydn’s “Passion”, the ardent poetry of Pablo Neruda, and the electric Variaciones concertantes.

August 02 at 6:00 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Festival Orchestra Pre-Show Panel Discussion

Can experiencing the arts be good for your health?

Lincoln Center Presents

August 02 at 6:00 pm

Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

Join leading artists and researchers in a 3-part series of conversations exploring the intersection of the arts and healing.

August 02 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jeannette Sorrell Conducts Bologne and Mozart

An evening of Classical revolutionaries

Mozart | Bologne
Lincoln Center Presents

August 02 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

A sublime evening of opera, symphonic, and ballet music featuring soprano Sonya Headlam and soloists from the Orchestra.

August 03 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jeannette Sorrell Conducts Bologne and Mozart

An evening of Classical revolutionaries

Mozart | Bologne
Lincoln Center Presents

August 03 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

A sublime evening of opera, symphonic, and ballet music featuring soprano Sonya Headlam and soloists from the Orchestra.

August 06 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Mendelssohn

Featuring Ryan Roberts playing Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto

Shaw | Vaughan Williams | Martines | Mendelssohn
Lincoln Center Presents

August 06 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Be whisked away by this invigorating program of time-honored and lesser-known works, featuring the Festival Orchestra principal oboist as featured soloist.

August 07 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Mendelssohn

Featuring Ryan Roberts playing Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto

Shaw | Vaughan Williams | Martines | Mendelssohn
Lincoln Center Presents

August 07 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Be whisked away by this invigorating program of time-honored and lesser-known works, featuring the Festival Orchestra principal oboist as featured soloist.

August 09 at 6:00 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Festival Orchestra Pre-Show Panel Discussion

Can music express mental health?

Lincoln Center Presents

August 09 at 6:00 pm

Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

Join leading artists and researchers in a 3-part series of conversations exploring the intersection of the arts and healing.

August 09 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Schumann

Conrad Tao Plays Bach

Bach | Kendall | Schumann
Lincoln Center Presents

August 09 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Experience the Orchestra’s closing concerts which shine a light on the transformative power of music for mental well-being, with a world premiere by Hannah Kendall.

August 10 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Schumann

Conrad Tao Plays Bach

Bach | Kendall | Schumann
Lincoln Center Presents

August 10 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Experience the Orchestra’s closing concerts which shine a light on the transformative power of music for mental well-being, with a world premiere by Hannah Kendall.

 

 

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