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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Announces Free and Choose What You Pay Spring Programming


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Announces Free and Choose What You Pay Spring Programming

Season Features Reopening of David Rubenstein Atrium, Return of American Songbook Series

Passport to the Arts and Lincoln Center Moments 

Engage People with Disabilities and Their Families 

Lincoln Center Activate Offers Free, Virtual Professional Development for Artists and Educators 

WHAT: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced an expansive roster of free spring performances, discussions, and civic activations set to animate the David Rubenstein Atrium, as well as the return of the American Songbook series to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, made more accessible with a Choose What You Pay ticketing model. Passport to the Arts, for children, teens, and adults with disabilities and their families, and Lincoln Center Moments, for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, return virtually, with select Moments events in-person. Lincoln Center Activate continues expanding its multidisciplinary community of artists and educators through free virtual workshops and conversations.

This spring season brings together dozens of arts organizations and artists from across New York City and Lincoln Center’s own campus, exploring the intersection of culture, civic engagement, and community building through vibrant and varied weekly programming.

WHERE: In-person performances and activations will take place on the Lincoln Center campus, while Lincoln Center Moments, Passport to the Arts, and Lincoln Center Activate will be available virtually on

WHEN: Spring performances and activations begin Sunday, February 27 and run through Wednesday, June 15.

Public performances return to the David Rubenstein Atrium Thursday, March 10 – Thursday, May 26. American Songbook begins Wednesday, April 13 – Saturday, April 30.

Virtual programming for Passport to the Arts runs from Sunday, February 27 – Wednesday, June 15. Virtual and in-person events for Lincoln Center Moments to be available from Wednesday, March 9 – Tuesday, June 14. 

Two Lincoln Center Activate sessions will take place virtually Wednesday, March 16 – Thursday, March 17 and Wednesday, April 6 – Thursday, April 7.

TICKETS: No tickets are required for the David Rubenstein Atrium. Events are free, first-come, first-served; the line will form at the Atrium’s entrance on Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Street. 

Passport to the Arts and Lincoln Center Moments are free with advanced sign-up at and, respectively. 

Choose What You Pay tickets for American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse start at $5 and go on sale Wednesday, February 16 at 12:00 pm ET at

About the David Rubenstein Atrium: In-person events begin with the reopening of the beloved community space, the David Rubenstein Atrium, on Thursday, March 10. Philanthropist David Rubenstein’s generous $10 million donation in 2021 has made it possible for Lincoln Center to reopen and expand its civic-minded activities in the space beyond the arts to meet the needs of New York City communities. Multiple days a week, audiences will be treated to specially curated events and performances, from the return of fan favorite Latin dance nights and a family friendly performance from the neuro-diverse theater company E.P.I.C. Players, to a staged reading of teenage playwrights in #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence–in collaboration with Roundabout Youth Ensemble–and opportunities to donate blood at community blood drives. Atrium events continue until May 26, with Anthony Roth Costanzo. As part of his residency with the New York Philharmonic, Costanzo presents his Authentic Selves performance series, closing out the space’s spring season. All events in the David Rubenstein Atrium are free and first-come, first-served. For more information visit

About Lincoln Center’s American Songbook: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, known for its exploration of the vast and everchanging influences on the American music canon, returns to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 14. This year’s season brings together artists from across the globe, each with unique visions of pop, musical theater, rock, classical, jazz, folk, and more. Opening the series is the leading voice of Garifuna culture and musical tradition, Aurelio Martínez and The Garifuna Soul Band. Several artists will play newly released material and offer sneak peeks of works still in creation, including the joyful soul and rock singer Natu Camara, acclaimed Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno –performing from her new album Alegoría– and Jaime Lozano in Songs by an Immigrant featuring an all-star lineup of Latinx Broadway performers. Choose What You Pay tickets include a glass of wine with purchase and go on sale Wednesday, February 16 at 12:00 ET at

About Passport to the Arts: Passport to the Arts kicks off virtually on February 27 with an Adapted Dance Workshop with New York City Ballet and continues through June 15 with music, dance, and theater workshops presented in collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Co/LAB Theater Group, and many more. Offering virtual arts experiences, Passport is specifically created and inclusively designed for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. All Passport programs are free with advanced sign-up at Families will receive pre-visit materials, including social narratives, photos, and links, before each program. Spring, in-person performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

About Lincoln Center Moments: Continuing its support of individuals, caregivers, and families impacted by dementia, Lincoln Center Moments is partnering with arts organizations across disciplines including the New York Philharmonic, Mark Morris Dance Company, Ajna Dance Company, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Juilliard School, and more to create free performances, activities, discussion, and art making programs. Moments is set to begin on March 9 through June 14, with virtual and in-person performances, all free of charge with advanced sign-up at

About Lincoln Center Activate: Lincoln Center Activate offers a shared platform for artists and educators to connect, collaborate, and build new ways of doing to spark change across the arts industry and beyond. From March 16 - March 17, join Activate participants for an exploration of the power of the arts to build common ground and foster community. Sessions from April 6 - April 7 focus on the power of regional cultural networks to amplify welcoming in communities. Activate is free with advanced sign-up at

In the coming weeks, more details will be released on summer at Lincoln Center, a continuation of the community building and artist engagement of 2021’s Restart Stages. The summer months will bring a new reimagining of Lincoln Center’s outdoor spaces for the public, performances of all kinds, collaborations with new and long-standing cultural partners and organizations, and boundary-pushing artistic experiences and commissions of all sizes in support of artists and the arts community.

***All guests are required to provide proof that the final dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series was administered at least 14 days before entry. In addition, all guests eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster, under eligibility criteria recommended by the CDC, must present proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster. Additionally, all guests are required to wear a face covering. For more information, click here.***

For more information on Lincoln Center’s spring programming visit


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Spring Chronology

February 27 – June 15, 2022

Sunday, February 27th at 11:00 am ET (for ages 5-12)

Passport to the Arts


Adapted Dance Workshop with New York City Ballet

Join the artists of NYCB in an exploration of the “Winter” section from the ballet The Four Seasons, choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Young movers of all abilities will be guided in a warm-up and a dance inspired by this upbeat, playful ballet. 

Wednesday, March 9 at 1:00 pm ET

Lincoln Center Moments


Lala Tamar 

Join vocalist Lala Tamar on the trail of music and rituals between North Africa Andalusia and Brazil. 

Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

The People Sing!: Celebrating the Centenary of Howard Zinn
The work of Brooklyn-born author and historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), particularly the classic bestseller A People’s History of the United States, continues to shine a light on the extraordinary history of those engaged in struggles for freedom and justice in the United States. In collaboration with a longtime Lincoln Center partner Voices of a People’s History, the David Rubenstein Atrium honors the centenary of Zinn’s birth with The People Sing! This musical celebration of our nation’s rich history of dissent sets Zinn’s subjects’ words to music, alongside protest songs by rebels and visionaries of our past and present. Featured musical accompanists will include the electrifying singer-songwriter J. Hoard, Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitby, and many more.

Friday, March 11 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

The Dance Floor: Orquesta Broadway
Hit The Dance Floor on Friday nights at the Atrium, featuring DJ-spun tunes from the most-loved musical genres of today. 

A Lincoln Center tradition at the David Rubenstein Atrium since 2015, ¡VAYA! is a showcase for the best Latin band dance music the city has to offer. Part of The Dance Floor series, ¡VAYA! offers devotees of salsa and Latin music a home in the Upper West Side to enjoy friendly community, vibrant live orchestras, and a smoking-hot dance floor. Whether you are coming to dance or just to listen to music, nuestra casa es tu casa. This season of ¡VAYA! pays tribute to musical pioneers, such as Orquesta Broadway. Adherents of the Cuban charanga style (which features flute, strings, and an extensive rhythm section), this incredibly prolific band has released over 20 albums. The set spotlights founding flutist Eddy Zervigón and celebrates the orchestra’s 60th anniversary.


Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 am ET (for ages 8-12) and 12:00 pm ET (for teens and adults)

Passport to the Arts


Metropolitan Fairy Tales: Rusalka 

Join Metropolitan Opera Guild Teaching Artists in a fun and interactive journey through Rusalka, an opera inspired by the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The morning session is for children ages 8-12 and the afternoon session is for teens and young adults. 

Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 am

David Rubenstein Atrium

The Spanglish Dream

What does it mean to leave your own country in order to follow your dreams? The Spanglish Dream explores the challenges and adventures of making your dreams come true in this family-friendly show. Join Mexican musical theatre storytellers and husband-and-wife team, Florencia Cuenca and Jaime Lozano, as they take you on their journey from Mexico to New York, sharing their personal stories while singing songs near and dear to their heart — from Spanish to English.

Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm ET (for ages 8 and up)

Passport to the Arts


La Mezcla 

Join La Mezcla for an afternoon of virtual dance performances, live music, and percussive dance choreography rooted in Tap Dance, Latinx traditions, and social justice! 

Wednesday, March 16  at 1:00 pm ET                        

Lincoln Center Moments

Florencia Cuenca and Jaime Lozano 

Join Mexican musical theatre storytellers and husband-and-wife team, Florencia Cuenca and Jaime Lozano, as they take you on their journey from Mexico to New York, sharing their personal stories while singing songs near and dear to their heart—from Spanish to English.

Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium


Through guitar, woodwinds, percussion, and beautifully assured vocals, the seven-piece collective Lundú paints a vivid contemporary portrait of Arequipa, the band’s hometown, located high in the Andes Mountains of Perú. The band takes its name from a foundational Afro-Peruvian rhythm, signaling the diverse, multi-cultural roots that ground the band’s integrative musical celebrations. Lundú also engages the voices of colonial Spain, Peruvian cumbia, and other traditions from throughout the Latin diaspora to craft original works and fresh arrangements of classics. Lundú's NYC premiere, will feature songs from their new album Afroestampa Vol 1 and their 2019 debut LP, Introversiones.

Presented in collaboration with Center Stage, a public diplomacy arts initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts


Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

A Deeper Listen: Concert and Meditation 

New York Times critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim’s concert-meditation series Beginner's Ear teaches audiences how to find greater depth and meaning in music by starting from a place of stillness. For the inaugural show of her new program, A Deeper Listen, she will begin by introducing the principles of focused listening. In the ensuing calm of this mindfulness practice, the pianist Eunbi Kim will play a series of works composed for her, including the three-part contemporary classical cycle Songs for the Alone by Daniel Bernard Roumain, followed by the world premiere of Sophia Jani's "Saturn Years." After the recital, a short conversation between host, composer, and performers will help set future intentions for further inner exploration and incite a moment of shared community.

Friday, March 18 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

The Dance Floor: K-Pop with DJ Peach

Hit The Dance Floor on Friday nights at the Atrium, featuring DJ-spun tunes from the most-loved musical genres of today. 

The international sensation that is K-Pop has infiltrated and affected every level of contemporary music, from the Billboard charts to the Broadway stage. Now, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center New York, the unstoppable craze takes over Lincoln Center with a series of dance parties designed for both the hardcore fan and the K-Pop curious. Each specially themed evening begins a short movement tutorial, so bring a friend (or plan to meet someone new) and prepare to live out your K-Pop fantasies! In honor of Women's History Month, DJ Peach curates songs from K-Pop's female artists and groups. With a playlist of groundbreaking hitmakers including BLACKPINK, CL, Red Velvet, ITZY and TWICE, Girl Power will be out in full force at the Atrium!

A Women’s History Month celebration presented in collaboration with Korean Cultural Center of New York


Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am

David Rubenstein Atrium

With rhythm and percussion driving their original compositions sung in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, the all-women ensemble LADAMA combines traditional roots music with pop in a family-friendly concert. Collectively, LADAMA pulls inspiration from the musicians’ countries of origin—Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and the U.S.—resulting in a sonic experience through which we can view our future as a world that communicates across continents and cultures, with sound and story. 

Tuesday, March 22 from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm 

David Rubenstein Atrium

Community Blood Drive

In January, our city’s local blood supply reached its lowest levels in a decade, and there’s an urgent need for blood donation in our region. The need is constant in all communities to treat a wide range of chronic, acute, and emergency medical conditions. Fewer large blood drives due to the pandemic have resulted in a critical shortage. In this difficult time for our city and the world, there’s something you can do to help—share the gift of a life-saving blood donation. Donating blood is safe, easy and vital to those who need it, and every donation can save three lives. Help make this year a healthy and hope-filled one for your fellow New Yorkers. 

Appointments are required. For more information and to schedule an appointment to donate, visit: If you’re unable to donate, you can still help by spreading the word. 

Wednesday, March 23 at 1:00 pm

Lincoln Center Moments


Music from the New York Philharmonic  

Join us for another exploration of the ways that classical composers honored the people and places in their lives through their music. Featuring recorded performances and discussion from the New York Philharmonic. 

In partnership with the New York Philharmonic 

Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Rare Grooves Listening Party with DJ Ben Boogz

By night, Ben Boogz of the creative duo 2 Hungry Bros is a renowned performer, hip hop producer, and one-time resident at the Nuyorican Poetry Club. But by day, Ben Moreno is a long-time staff member at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts in the role of Assistant Manager of Archival Media Services. This Rare Grooves listening party presents the best of both of Ben's sides: the devoted researcher and crate-digger of obscure and overlooked classics and the unmatched wizard on the wheels of steel. Join us as Ben Boogz spins a carefully curated set of jazz, Latin, soul, funk, and rock sides, all sourced from the endless audio goldmine that is the LPA collection. You will be sure to hear new beats, discover deep cuts, and keep on groovin’ until the doors close.

Presented in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Sofia Rei

Once you hear the vibrantly clear, complexly textured, quicksilver magnetic voice of the Argentine singer/songwriter Sofia Rei, you will never forget it. It is an instrument that the Buenos Aires native puts to use in a variety of styles: experimental sound, jazz, electropop, indie rock, Tropicalia, and traditional Latin American folk among them. This unlikely amalgam of sonic influences, combined with Rei's vocal excellence and penchant for improvisatory exploration, makes Rei an utterly unique artist. Following up on a triumphant 2021 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Rei and her six-piece band finally return to an in-person stage to present the live performance premiere of songs from her recently released album, the excitingly unorthodox Umbral.

Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

The Dance Floor: Fresh, Bold & So Def Women
Hit The Dance Floor on Friday nights at the Atrium, featuring DJ-spun tunes from the most-loved musical genres of today.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum, scheduled to open a permanent home in the Bronx in 2024, strives to celebrate, preserve, and educate the public on the local and global phenomenon of hip hop. The Atrium will provide an Upper West Side stage for UHHM in 2022 with a series of shows incorporating three of the key elements of hip hop: rapping, DJing, and dancing. Joining UHHM for Women's History Month is the Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective (LDC), an all-female intergenerational troupe led by director/choreographer Michele Byrd-McPhee, previewing a new commission from the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series. LDC’s groundbreaking work centers feminist narratives examining intersections of gender, race, and resistance. After the show, make your way to the dance floor for an unforgettable hip hop jam.

Presented by The Universal Hip Hop Museum in collaboration with Hip Hop Education Center and Works & Process

Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm ET (for teens and adults)

Passport to the Arts


Adapted Dance Workshop with New York City Ballet 

Dance with NYCB! Movers of all abilities will be guided in a gentle warm-up and choreography inspired by some of the Company’s most beloved repertory. 

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

OpenProcess with Davóne Tines 

How can art truly lead to action? How can anyone be invited into that journey? Experience OpenProcess, an immersive audio installation created by Davóne Tines, which centers the song “VIGIL”—composed by Tines and Igee Dieudonné and dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor. OpenProcess endeavors to model how art around social issues can be done responsibly and be a partner in leading toward change. This immersive installation creates different access points into the song based on the participant's own curiosity. Guests can engage with up to six different content nodes that highlight different aspects of “VIGIL” with the goal of enriching their experience and understanding of the song. The event, part of the New York Philharmonic’s Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, continues with a live performance from Davóne Tines and the PUBLIQuartet, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by artist and co-producer Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Philharmonic’s 2021–22 Artist-in-Residence. Project contributors share more about OpenProcess’s genesis and future iterations.

Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Voices of a People’s History Podcast Recording  

Voices of a People's History honors historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), author of the classic bestseller A People's History of the United States, with a new conversation series hosted by the archivist and memory worker Zakiya Collier. Together, Collier and her guests will draw from Zinn's example of interrogating key moments of the historical record via documents, images, and recordings to create an illuminating dialogue on what the past can teach contemporary audiences. Author and historian Donna Murch (Assata Taught Me) and journalist Chenjerai Kumanyika (cohost of Uncivil podcast) will join Collier to discuss author W.E.B. Du Bois' 1935 text Black Reconstruction, which foregrounded the role of Blacks forging our democracy.  Actor Brian Jones will read vital passages from the book.

Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Chloe Rowlands: Divergence

In celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility, Jazz at Lincoln Center is proud to present the wonderfully talented trumpet player, composer, and music educator Chloe Rowlands. Throughout her career, she has shared the spotlight with renowned musicians, including: Theo Bleckmann, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Charli Persip, and Marcus Printup. Rowlands recorded and arranged horns for the Grammy-nominated Fleet Foxes album,


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