Must-See Free Events at Lincoln Center in November
The days are short but the nights are long, which means more time to enjoy free evening events at Lincoln Center in November. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
Through March 30
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.
Joseph Keckler at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Recently hailed by The New York Times as a "major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries" and once named "Best Downtown Performance Artist" by the Village Voice, singer and writer Joseph Keckler folds mesmerizing storytelling and sharp wit into a rich vocal range spanning over three octaves.
Elena Moon Park: Rabbit Days and Dumplings at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Elena Moon Park and Friends celebrate folk and children's music from all over East Asia, reinterpreted to mix various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. The tunes range from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-alongs, and Taiwanese train songs. Elena, who also plays fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, and more with Dan Zanes and Friends and Sonia De Los Santos, leads a fun and adventurous group of musicians for this cross-cultural musical fiesta. Expect to dance and sing tunes in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Tibetan, Taiwanese, Spanish and English!
New York's New-Music Landscape at the David Rubenstein Atrium
How is new music adapting to and challenging contemporary culture? The Marie-Josée Kravis New York Philharmonic Creative Partner Nadia Sirota; bassoonist/International Contemporary Ensemble co-artistic director Rebekah Heller; and Philharmonic Vice President of Artistic Planning Isaac Thompson survey the state of new music in New York City and consider its future.
Nadia Sirota, Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, and Rebekah Heller, International Contemporary Ensemble co-artistic director, speakers
Voices of a People’s History of the United States at the David Rubenstein Atrium
This Lincoln Center commission commemorates Howard Zinn's seminal book, A People's History of the United States, with music and spoken-word performances that bring to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people in the book: those who built the movements for social justice, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour workday, advancing women's rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right the wrongs of the day.
Actors and spoken-word performers—including actors Susan Pourfar, Brian Jones, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Okieriete Onaodowan, and musician Zeshan B—delve into original source materials from the rebels, dissenters, and visionaries of our past—and present. Anthony Arnove, coeditor with Howard Zinn of the Voices of a People's History of the United States anthology and author of the introduction to the new 35th-anniversary edition of A People's History of the United States, narrates.
Sonatenabend in Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall
Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.
No-No Boy at the David Rubenstein Atrium
n this immersive, indie-folk concert, singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti and vocalist Erin Aoyama illuminate the Asian-American experience through song, storytelling, and imagery. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of the Asian-American experience, Nashville-raised Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming—one of the 10 Japanese-American concentration camps—No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.
Presented in collaboration with Asian American Arts Alliance
¡VAYA! 63: Andre Veloz at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Raised in the Dominican Republic, this Bronx-based bachatera brings her big voice and effortless soul to an evening of high-energy bachata infused with merengue, jazz, and more. The self-described "unicornio de la bachata," whose viral hit "Eta Que Ta' Aquí" took over the Dominican internet last winter, keeps the dance floor packed with her carefree charisma, feminine fearlessness, and killer band.
Opening set by DJ Youngeun
Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab
Olga Cerpa y Mestisay at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Considered one of the most important contemporary vocalists from the Canary Islands, Olga Cerpa and her six-piece band Mestisay (led by guitarist and composer Pancho Delgado) brings a show full of light, good energy, and Atlantic colors to Lincoln Center. The show features songs from their latest album Jallos, which takes its name from the island word for objects the sea throws to the Canary shores. In this case, the jallos are songs from the Americas and Africa, mixed with the folk-roots music of the Canarian Archipelago.
Presented in collaboration with the World Music Institute
Combo Chimbita at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Drawing on backgrounds in heavy rock, metal, and psychedelic funk and soul, this Colombia-rooted, NYC-based four-piece band gleefully fuses cumbia, '70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, guacharaca, dub, and synth into their own blend of tropical futurism. These first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late-night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Tonight, they kick off the holiday season at Lincoln Center with a free show at the David Rubenstein Atrium as part of the Lincoln Square BID's Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square celebration.
Part of the Lincoln Square BID’s Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
Time for Three at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Violinist Nick Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer have been thrilling audiences with their groundbreaking, category-shattering blend of classical, bluegrass, gypsy, jazz, and pop music. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American string trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, including world premieres by Pulitzer Prize–winning composers William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three also creates original works and arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by The Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. Tonight, the group treats the Lincoln Center audience to fresh music off its forthcoming album.
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.