Don't let the cold weather keep you from enjoying all of the free events at Lincoln Center in December. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

  • Through March 30

    Jerome Robbins Dance Division / New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Jerome Robbins was an inveterate observer, seeker, and creator. In diaries, drawings, watercolors, paintings, story scenarios, poems—and, especially, in dance—he reimagined the world around him. And New York dominated that world, where he was born one-hundred years ago and where he lived his entire adult life. Ideas of New York have long inspired artists but often the city serves as a backdrop in an artwork rather than the basis for plot, theme, and meaning. Robbins put the city at the center of his artistic imaginings. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to the musical West Side Story on stage (1957) and screen (1961) and the ballets N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (1958) and Glass Pieces (1983), Robbins explored the joys, struggles, grooves, routines, and aspirations of New York. And in recreating the city around him on stage, Robbins found a place for himself. Voice of My City traces Robbins's life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home.

    • December 1

      Shine and the Moonbeams at the David Rubenstein Atrium

      Take two outstanding NYC musicians with eclectic musical tastes and influences, combine their unique perspectives, add a backing band, and witness the result: a soulful, groove-heavy R&B musical extravaganza in a rock ’n roll package, capturing the sweetness, uncertainty, and simplicity of youth.

      • December 1, 15, and 16

        Access Workshops in the Samuel B. & David Rose Building

        New York City Ballet is committed to offering audiences of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage with our artists and to experience the art form of ballet.

        • December 5

          Sonatenabend in Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall

          Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.

          • December 5

            An Evening with Matthias Goerne at the David Rubenstein Atrium

            On the eve of his premiere performance as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, baritone Matthias Goerne discusses his role as a leading interpreter of German art songs. Find out more about this distinguished artist's inspiration and the works he will be performing with the Philharmonic this season.

            Matthias Goerne, Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, speaker
            Isaac Thompson, New York Philharmonic Vice President of Artistic Planning, moderator

            Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

            • December 6

              Photo by John Albert Harris

              Nouveau Classical Project: Currents at the David Rubenstein Atrium

              Led by composer and pianist Sugar Vendil, the Nouveau Classical Project is reinvigorating classical music as a living, breathing art form through its commissioning of contemporary composers, multidisciplinary performances, and collaborations with fashion designers. "Bringing a refreshing edge" to contemporary classical music (VICE), NCP has commissioned Currents, its latest evening-length performance featuring music for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and electronics by some of today's most exciting composers: Olga Bell, David Bird, Gabrielle Herbst, and Isaac Schankler.

              Presented in collaboration with Asian American Arts Alliance

              • December 10

                Liederabend in Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall

                Artists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

                • December 12

                  Wednesdays at One: Juilliard Lab Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall

                  Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.

                  • December 12

                    Photo by Driely-S.

                    VICE Media Watch & Learn in the David Rubenstein Atrium

                    Challenge your perspectives on today's most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of VICE's best investigators.

                    • December 13

                      Photo by Mark Gurevich

                      Ljova: Moving Pieces at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                      Join Russian-born, New York–based composer and performer Ljova for an adventurous evening of his music for strings, featuring an expanded ensemble with members of the PUBLIQuartet, Secret Quartet, and special guests. Ljova's music has been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Louisville Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, A Far Cry, and many others. He is the leader of Ljova and the Kontraband, and a composer of numerous scores for film and dance. Drawing material from his recent releases Melting River, Footwork, and his upcoming release SoLò Ópus, Ljova creates music that gleefully defies categorization and packs an emotional wallop.

                      • December 20

                        Photo courtesy of Ski Images

                        ¡VAYA! 63: Miss YaYa at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                        With her strong, resonant voice and electrifying stage presence, Grammy-nominated salsera Miss YaYa brings her high-energy mix of urban salsa, merengue, and bachata to the Atrium. The native New Yorker with Dominican and Puerto Rican roots started out on television singing competitions before being named the frontwoman of the DLG (Dark Latin Groove) salsa crew. While she still works with DLG, she has also broken out as a formidable solo artist and bandleader on the salsa scene. Join her for a perfect December night on the dance floor.

                        Opening set by DJ Tru Titan

                        Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab

                        • December 27

                          Soul in the Horn at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                          Ring in the new year early with NYC's high-spirited, iconic dance party featuring horn-infused DJ sets with music spanning the globe.

                          Featuring sets by DJ Donis and a live performance by Marcus Machado