We've rounded up all the free events happening at Lincoln Center in November. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
White Light Festival Panel Discussion: Introducing The Psalms Experience at the David Rubenstein Atrium
WNYC’s John Schaefer and guests explore the history of the Psalms, their many musical traditions, the challenges of translation, and their contemporary resonance in a more secular world. Panelists include scholar and Psalms translator Robert Alter, musicologist Neil W. Levin, and David Van Biema, Time magazine’s former chief religion writer.
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.
Edna Vazquez Band at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Folk, rock, pop, mariachi, and jazz are woven together in the light-filled music of Portland-based singer-songwriter Edna Vazquez. Born in Mexico, Vazquez moved to the States as a teenager, and her music attests to the process of reconciling her bicultural roots and, above all, tapping into universal human emotion. Powerful vocals and irrepressible spirit make for a fantastic live show.
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Nobuntu at the David Rubenstein Atrium
With their bright a cappella harmonies, the five women of Nobuntu have earned international praise for the passion and joy they bring to traditional Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz, and gospel.
Theater of War—The Tecmessa Project at the David Rubenstein Atrium
During this special evening honoring Veterans Day, readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war, are the catalyst for discussions focusing on the unique challenges faced by military family members, including couples, children, caregivers, and communities. This groundbreaking project from Theater of War Productions, led by its Artistic Director Bryan Doerries, is designed to promote understanding, compassion, and positive action.
Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Arturo
Toscanini remains among the most revered figures in classical music, due in large part to the dissemination of his work through hundreds of commercially produced recordings and wide-reaching radio broadcasts, which helped to define and perpetuate his cultural significance during the second half of his meteoric career. This exhibition explores the iconoclastic yet beloved conductor’s legacy through the very medium in which he worked: sound
Outside (In)dia: Román Díaz at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Román Díaz, an olù batá (master drummer) came to the city from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. He will bring with him the outstanding vocalist Melvis Santa and a full rhythm section of batá drummers.
Kambui Olujimi: Where Does the Time Go… at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Brooklyn-born visual artist Kambui Olujimi’s premieres his new work Where Does The Time Go… a mercurial journey, a collage of time, space, and sound, remembered and fragmented in equal parts, starring Irungu Mutu and Jessica Allie. The screening will feature a live musical score by acclaimed pianist Chris Pattishall and trumpeter Adam O'Farrill. The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga Album Release Party at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Global citizen, singer-songwriter, folk music researcher, and frontwoman of the stellar band La Tirindanga Irka Mateo expands the boundaries of Dominican music and builds bridges to Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States. Through poetic lyrics, she tells the stories of the Dominican people and those of other cultures, delivering songs of love and life. As Mateo takes the stage, her exhilarating performance fills the room with joy, dance, and musical enchantment.
¡VAYA! 63: Arturo Ortiz & 7 Con Calle at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Salsa piano legend Arturo Ortiz has performed alongside some of Latin music’s biggest stars, including Rubén Blades, Ricky Martin, and Marc Anthony. Tonight, he brings his band to the Atrium for a joyful night of nonstop dancing to classic salsa tunes.
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman at the David Rubenstein Atrium
The team behind the New York Times best-selling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure. Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off.
Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite at the David Rubenstein Atrium
The Transformations Suite by composer, pianist, and director Samora Pinderhughes is centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution. The expansive work, which was released as an album in 2016 and has been performed at venues across the Americas, brings together music, theater, and slam poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora.
Winter's Eve—J'ouvert Celebration at the Atrium: De Wedding Party of Dame Lorraine & King Jab Jab at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Something Positive brings the music, dance, and street theater of Trinidad's carnival to the Atrium. In their comic theater piece, the troupe presents the traditional masquerade characters of the pre-Lenten carnival in a mock marriage ceremony. The play culminates with cannon sounds signaling the beginning of the celebration, the characters inviting the audience into the parade singing "Jouvay barreyo, pas maittez la main asseyo" while drums and percussion keep the beat.
16th Annual NewSong Music Showcase & Competition with special guest Wilder Adkins at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Now in its 16th year, the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in North America. This year’s grand-prize winner will be awarded an EP to be produced and mixed by an industry celebrity and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as future performance opportunities at the Sundance Film Festival and NPR's Mountain Stage. Join us at the David Rubenstein Atrium to witness the finals live.