Tonight at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Academy of American Poets will present its 12th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind celebratory reading, featuring Billy Crudup, Tina Fey, Kevin Kline, Juliana Margulies, Rosie Perez, Patrick Stewart, Meryl Streep, and more. To mark the Academy’s 80th anniversary, readers will share poems from the last 80 years of American poetry. Learn more about the event here: http://bit.ly/1lINUZD

Tonight at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Academy of American Poets will present its 12th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind celebratory reading, featuring Billy Crudup, Tina Fey, Kevin Kline, Juliana Margulies, Rosie Perez, Patrick Stewart, Meryl Streep, and more. To mark the Academy’s 80th anniversary, readers will share poems from the last 80 years of American poetry. Learn more about the event here: http://bit.ly/1lINUZD

50 years ago today, the New York State Theater opened and New York City Ballet gave its first performance at Lincoln Center. See the construction of Philip Johnson’s beautiful building and NYCB’s opening night performance in these photos and more in the slideshow here: http://on.fb.me/1rmOXff

"If music be the food of love, play on"

— William Shakespeare

(Happy 450th birthday Shakespeare!)

This summer Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing will celebrate the great dance bands and soloists that drive the action on the dance floor.  Taking place in a specially designed open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam) Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 24—July 12, Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from dozens of diverse social and cultural backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance.  Says Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, “Many popular music styles have their roots in dance music, before the artists moved into concert halls. Midsummer Night Swing brings some of the best bands from around the world and around the city to play for the most demanding and appreciative audiences they’ll ever play for – dancers.  This year we will present artists whose electric personalities and musical magnetism can lure dancers to do what they do best – swing, mambo, shimmy, shake, tango, hustle, samba, Lindy, two-step, and boogaloo the night away at one of the most joyous festivals of the New York summer season.”

Highlights include:
Jazz Sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant
Salsa Legend Willie Rosario in a Rare New York Appearance
- “Boardwalk Empire” night with 
Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
- Merengue legend Milly Quezada
- Harlem Renaissance Orchestra tribute to Illinois Jacquet
The Loser’s Lounge: Dancing Queens: The Music of ABBA and More
- The return of Silent Discos, Following Live Sets on June 26 & July 3
Kids Dance, Vintage Fashion and Dance Contests, and More

> Read the full announcement here

What’s your favorite classical music summer festival?

Show Mostly Mozart Festival some love by voting for it in Bachtrack.com’s new poll about summer classical music festivals (you’ll have to write it in): http://bit.ly/RLDlYM

Stay tuned tomorrow as we announce this summer’s Midsummer Night Swing lineup at Lincoln Center…

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Target Free Thursdays: Jenny Lin


Jenny Lin, piano

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30 
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

This Mostly Mozart Festival alumna brings her adventurous spirit and virtuosic technique to a combination of dramatic and light classical works followed by Broadway song arrangements from her latest recording, Get Happy.

Presented in collaboration with the Mostly Mozart Festival.

It’s a beautiful spring day here on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. And made even better by a free performance by the Pierrepont School Chorus of Westport, Connecticut, as part of our Young Music Makers series (learn more here)

It’s a beautiful spring day here on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. And made even better by a free performance by the Pierrepont School Chorus of Westport, Connecticut, as part of our Young Music Makers series (learn more here)

"We must realize the arts are vital to a complete education."

— Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education, in his Letter to the Editor to Crain’s in response to the recent Comptroller report about a lack of arts education in city schools. Read his entire letter, supporting arts education and what we can and should do, here: http://bit.ly/1nk1wKH