It’s been a long time coming, but David Geffen Hall is finally reopening in October after undergoing its $550 million dollar renovation project. Coinciding with that, Lincoln Center has just released its ambitious fall and winter programming schedule — the first step in a year-round series of events called “Lincoln Center Presents.”
As described by Chief Artistic Officer Shanta Thake, Lincoln Center Presents is “an expansive view of artistic excellence that complements existing programs” and aims to reach the “widest possible audience.” To prove that, most of the programs will be free or choose-what-you-pay. The free events will not require a reservation and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, while the full price and choose-what-you-pay tickets for the fall season will go on sale September 20 for the general public and September 15 for members.
Some of the highlights of the upcoming season include:
San Juan Hill: A New York Story. San Juan Hill was a neighborhood that existed within the area now called Lincoln Square. It was ultimately condemned as a slum and mostly torn down so that Lincoln Center could be built. Now, Lincoln Center is paying tribute to its legacy with a series of free events leading up to two original concerts by composer Etienne Charles and the New York Philharmonic on October 8.
Open House. This free event invites everyone to explore the new David Geffen Hall. Attendees can view the work of hundreds of visual artists, join in a sing-along, and cap off the night with an energetic dance party. The first event is October 29; more dates will be added later.
An Orchestral Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. Come celebrate love the Brooklyn way on December 4 with this concert symphony performance featuring many of the most-loved songs of the legendary hip-hop artist. The symphony will be arranged by composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Little Amal. A 12-foot-tall puppet who represents the plight of refugees — and who’s traveled over 5,000 miles across Europe for The Walk project — is now coming to Lincoln Center for a free event on September 17. “Amal journeys to New York City as a beacon of hope and a larger-than-life symbol of the American immigrant experience. Little Amal’s exploration of the Lincoln Center campus offers a powerful opportunity to see it anew, through the eyes of a refugee child who has just arrived here. ”
Omnium Circus. A free 3-day circus event coming to Lincoln Center from September 16 to September 18 as part of the Big Umbrella Festival. It’s outdoors at Damrosch Park and while it is free, reservations are strongly encouraged for all five performances of this extremely high-energy event!