Supercharge your knowledge of classical music, dance, jazz, opera, theater, and film at Lincoln Center, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.
Music

1. New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium
On campus
FREE

In this free lecture series, top artists and scholars explore the historic and cultural themes of the New York Philharmonic’s season using live performance, video, and more.

Link: http://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/explore/insights-series-at-the-atrium

 

2. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University
On campus | Online

Aimed at transforming you into a more astute listener, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s signature adult education series illuminates the history of jazz through portraits of some of its greatest practitioners. Course topics include Jazz 101, “Bird, Diz, and BeBop,” and Duke Ellington. Jazz at Lincoln Center makes some videos, such as the eight-part “Origins of Jazz” available on their website.

Link: http://academy.jazz.org/swing-university-fall-2016/

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Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University

3. Inside Chamber Music
On campus | Online

In The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s perennially popular series that combines lecture with live music, composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe and guest musicians delve into a masterwork of chamber music, parsing out what makes it significant both musically and historically. For those who aren’t able to make it to Lincoln Center, these events are livestreamed and available on demand.

Link: http://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/events/?8=32

 

4. Chamber Music Master Classes
On campus | Online

Whether you’re an aspiring performer or simply curious about the work that goes into becoming one, master classes hosted by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offer the opportunity to observe the rigor and nuance that makes a great artist. These events are livestreamed and available on demand.

Link: http://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/education-programs/adult-programs/master-class/

 

5. Introduction to Classical Music
Online
FREE
Yale University via Coursera
Begins October 10, 2016

In this popular online course, Yale Professor of Music Craig Wright offers a whirlwind tour of western classical music. The course begins with the basic building blocks of composition, before launching into a fascinating history of the masters from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas. This is a free, scheduled course and will provide ample opportunities for interaction with professors and classmates.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic 

 

Pianist Jonathan Biss offers a unique perspective on Beethoven.

6. Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
Online
FREE
Curtis Institute of Music via Coursera
Begins October 10, 2016 or self-paced

With each fascinating lecture focused on a single sonata, pianist Jonathan Biss offers an inside-out look at Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas from the point of view of a performer.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/beethoven-piano-sonatas

7. World of the String Quartet 
Online
Curtis Institute of Music via Coursera
Begins October 3, 2016 or self-paced

The former first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, and his Curtis Institute colleague Dr. Mia Chung lead this colorful journey from Haydn’s early string quartets through composer David Ludwig’s 2014 piece Pale Blue Dot.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/string-quartet

 

8. Harvard’s First Nights series
Online
FREE
Harvard University via EdX

Culled from his well-loved class at Harvard, musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly uses the premiere of a famous work (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Messiah, L’Orfeo, Symphonie fantastique) to spin a larger story of musical history. Real-time courses are offered regularly, but self-paced versions are also available.

Link: http://www.edx.org/course?search_query=first+nights+harvard


Opera
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Conductor Steven Osgood leads a course at the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

9. Metropolitan Opera Guild Courses & Lectures
On campus

Whether you’re an opera novice or connoisseur, the Metropolitan Opera Guild has something for you including, opera boot camp; score-reading workshops; courses on particular operas, styles, and composers; interviews with singers; master classes; and much more.

Link: http://www.metguild.org/guild/Lectures/PackagesDisplay.aspx

 

10. The Beauty of Kunqu Opera

Online
FREE
The Chinese University of Hong Kong via Coursera

Begins October 10, 2016

A trio of professors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong illuminate the historical and cultural background, literary aesthetics, music, and performance practices of Kunqu, China’s classical opera.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/kunqu-opera

 

11. Introduction to Italian Opera
Online
FREE
Dartmouth University via EdX
Begins October 10, 2016

Designed for novices and aficionados alike, this course from Dartmouth endeavors to build general listening and music analysis skills in the context of Puccini, Verdi, and their brethren. This is a free, scheduled course and will provide ample opportunities for interaction with professors and classmates.

Link: http://www.edx.org/course/introduction-italian-opera-dartmouthx-dart-mus-01x-0

 

12. Magazine: Opera News
In Print | Online

Perhaps the best way to stay in the know about what’s happening in opera today is to read the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s prestigious monthly publication, Opera News. Many of the articles are also available for free online.

Link: http://www.operanews.com

 

13. Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast 
Online
FREE

Fill your phone with artistic enlightenment with this podcast that features lectures and conversations related to the Met’s current season.

Link: http://www.metguild.org/MOG/For_The_Community/Lectures/Podcast/Metropolitan_Opera_Guild_Podcast.html


Dance
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You don't need any prior dance experience to participate in a Ballet Essentials workshop.

14. Inside NYCB
On campus

In these hour-long onstage presentations, the New York City Ballet’s dancers and creative collaborators shed light on the inner workings of the Company and the masterworks of its repertoire.

Link: http://www.nycballet.com/insideNYCB

 

15. Ballet Essentials
On campus

No dance training is necessary to participate in these movement workshops for adults ages 21 and up led by New York City Ballet dancers.

Link: http://www.nycballet.com/balletessentials


Film

16. Magazine: Film Comment
In Print | Online

If you’re looking for the best in film criticism, then join the mass of movie lovers who subscribe to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s esteemed publication Film Comment, the United States’ premier magazine for cinephiles for more than 50 years. Also, you can subscribe to the magazine’s brand new app and popular podcast. Plus, many of the articles are available for free online.

Link magazine: http://www.filmcomment.com

Link podcast: http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/category/podcast

 

17. The Close-Up Podcast
Online
FREE

Film buffs can hear from today’s most innovative filmmakers and stars on the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s podcast The Close-Up.

Link: http://www.filmlinc.org/daily/post-type/the-close-up-podcast

 

18. The Story of Film, An Odyssey
Online
FREE with a Hulu subscription

The New York Times called Mark Cousins’s series on the history of world cinema “a semester-long film studies survey course compressed into 15 brisk, sometimes contentious hours.” Cousins touches on everything from Georges Méliès’s Le Voyage dans la lune to Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari to Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. The entire series is now available on Hulu.

Link: http://www.hulu.com/the-story-of-film-an-odyssey


Theater

19. Magazine: Lincoln Center Theater Review
In Print | Online

The plays on the stages of Lincoln Center Theater provide the inspiration for the Review's contributing writers, drawn from many fields, who question and reflect on the issues and ideas the plays generate in the larger world.

Link: http://www.lct.org/explore/magazine

 

20. Lincoln Center Theater’s Platform Podcast
Online
FREE

Hear authors, actors, directors, and designers talk about their work in these live recordings of Lincoln Center Theater’s popular Platform Talks. 

Link: http://www.lct.org/explore/blog/categories/podcasts/


All-in-One Options

21. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
On campus
FREE

There is always something to be learned at this research branch of the New York Public Library located on Lincoln Center’s campus. Free performances, films, lectures, and exhibitions abound, or you can just come to explore the stacks where you’re sure to find something fascinating to read, watch, or listen to.

Link: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/lpa

 

22. Juilliard Evening Division
On campus

There’s still time to be a Juilliard student! The famous conservatory’s general public educational program offers classes for adults of all ages and abilities taught by expert faculty. Offerings include credit and non-credit courses in dance and drama appreciation, music history, music theory, ear training, composition, and conducting, as well as performance classes in voice and piano. Now offering a certificate program in core musical skills. Spring 2017 courses will be published in November.

Link: http://catalog.juilliard.edu/index.php?catoid=27

 

23. Juilliard OpenStudios
Online
First episode FREE in the iTunes App Store. Subscriptions from $7.99
Juilliard Open Ed

The Juilliard School’s subscription app illuminates the process of bringing a work of art to life, following Juilliard students and professors as they delve into a specific piece. Included in the 40 episodes produced in its first year are “Tony Kushner’s Angels in America,” “Exploring Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Living Legacy of Martha Graham,” and “Spelling Out BeBop.”

Link: http://digital.juilliard.edu/open-studios

 

24. Lincoln Center Video Portal
Online
FREE

Explore archival performance footage, behind-the-scenes features, and other video productions from all of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations.

Link: http://www.lincolncenter.org/video

 

25. Lincoln Center Tour App
On campus | Online
FREE

Using archival photos and videos, music, and interviews with artists, the Lincoln Center Tour app tells the story of the world’s leading performing arts center from Bernstein and Balanchine to the present day. If you come to Lincoln Center, you can follow the tour to 16 stops across campus.

Link: http://www.lincolncenter.org/visit/tours


Top photo: Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe. Photo by Tristan Cooke.
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A Juilliard Evening Division voice class.