Must-See Free Events at Lincoln Center in January
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Soul Science Kids at the David Rubenstein Atrium
The innovative Afrofuturist griots of Soul Science Lab translate stories into soul-stirring sounds and dynamic visuals perfect for young audiences.
¡VAYA! 63: José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas at the David Rubenstein Atrium
The son of Cuban “flute king” and legendary bandleader José Fajardo keeps the spirit of his father alive. A percussionist who has played with everyone from Larry Harlow and Orchestra Broadway to El Canario and Tito Puente, Fajardo Jr. has led the band his father started in Cuba in 1949—one of the best charangas around—into a new era of smoking salsa.
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African-American women who shaped history.
Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium: From Stage to Stage: Romeo and Juliet in Music and Dance at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Although conceived as a ballet, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was premiered in concert performances. Musicologist Simon Morrison, conductor Stéphane Denève, and New York City Ballet corps de ballet member Silas Farley reflect on the ballet—chronicling its conception, the composer’s revisions and personal struggles, the political forces that delayed its premiere—and consider Prokofiev’s musical language and dramatic sensibility.
Rolston String Quartet at the David Rubenstein Atrium
First-prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, this ensemble of “astonishing harmonic maturity” (Calgary Herald) makes its Lincoln Center debut in a performance of stylistic verve and impeccable musicianship.
Live from Das Funk at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Atrium favorites Greg Tate, Jared Michael Nickerson, and their “multiracial jam army” (Rolling Stone) return to Lincoln Center with a sticky new take on the funky Dayton, Ohio, songbook. Together, they “caramelize” music by the Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Junie Morrison, Heatwave, Slave, Aurra, and Steve Arrington.
Leonard Bernstein at 100 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the centennial of America’s greatest classical composer and conductor. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting.
Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The over 43,000 items represent the full array of audio formats in use during Toscanini’s lifetime, including lacquer, shellac, and vinyl discs, tape reels, cylinders, and wire recordings as well as the more obscure selenophone recordings and the metal parts used in the production of 78 rpm discs. As one of the world’s leading sound archives, the Library for the Performing Arts will place front and center Toscanini’s recordings through ongoing live demonstrations and free public programs devoted to the craft of preserving and archiving the technology he helped define during his lifetime.
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.