The Board and Staff of Lincoln Center for the Preforming Arts deeply mourn the passing of Jenneth Webster, former Associate Director, Programming, the flaming spirit who ignited the free annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival with passion and imagination for nearly 30 years. From an early age she became aware of the importance of community arts groups and in her own words, “the impact of living arts on people.” Over the decades, through Jenneth’s efforts, thousands of people and countless performers came together on Lincoln Center’s outdoor spaces to celebrate music, dance, spoken word, and community. We join the arts community in extending our sympathies to her longtime friend Charles Allcroft, her family and friends, and to all who have been touched by her work.

- Katherine Farley, Chair Jed Bernstein, President Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 

John Luther Adams - 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner

Congrats to composer John Luther Adams, who received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his recent work “Become Ocean.” Lincoln Center is excited to premiere his next work “Sila: The Breath of the World” at Mostly Mozart Festival/Out of Doors in July.

American Songbook: Jason Isbell


Tonight at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook: A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, famed guitarist and roots rock singer-songwriter Jason Isbell returns for a rare intimate engagement after his incredible performance at this summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. Isbell shares a new sound from his acclaimed album Southeastern, a collection of heartbreaking and hopeful songs that speak to his exquisite songwriting and personal story of a bad boy saved by love. More information here.

In Memory of Pete Seeger

Lincoln Center joins the music community in mourning the passing of folk singer Pete Seeger. We were grateful to have him perform at Lincoln Center Out of Doors several times, most recently in 2008.

(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Some photo highlights from 2013 at Lincoln Center, including Great Performers, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Midsummer Night Swing, White Light Festival, and Out of Doors. What was your favorite highlight at Lincoln Center in 2013?

Lincoln Center mourns the loss of the legendary Lou Reed. Here’s a photo of his performance from the 2011 Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, courtesy of photographer Kevin Yatarola.

Lincoln Center mourns the loss of the legendary Lou Reed. Here’s a photo of his performance from the 2011 Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, courtesy of photographer Kevin Yatarola.

Lincoln Center’s Out Of Doors Red Hot + Fela Video

imageDid you miss Red Hot + Fela at Lincoln Center Out of Doors this past summer, featuring an all-star line-up tribute to the late, great Fela Kuti with Kronos Quartet, Superhuman Happiness with Baloji, Abena Koomson, M1, and more? Fear not! The entire concert is now up on Lincoln Center’s new video gallery. Enjoy!


Lincoln Center Out of Doors: “Best” of the City (Village Voice)

Lincoln Center’s annual, free summer series, Out of Doors, was hailed by the Village Voice as one of the best things in New York City. “There’s a nice selection of beer and street foods located around the park, too, and the bandshell soundsystem is top-notch. Everything about Lincoln Center Out of Doors is, in fact. Impeccable quality from top to bottom for the beautiful price of nothing,” writes the Voice.

Stay tuned this Spring for news about Out of Doors 2014.


Found Sound Nation at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Earlier this summer at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Found Sound Nation set up mobile studio on the Lincoln Center campus to engage passersby and festival musicians in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music. With a simple setup — laptop, mics, midi controllers, and speakers — they lead a music creation session that was completely improvised. As mics got passed around, engineers recorded everything and actively created loops and soundscapes to add to the improvised concert. Part concert, part recording session, part jam, the street studio tapped into the collective unconscious of a place, creating musical creations that are specific to a time and a place.

Check out the final results on this soundcloud page.


Lincoln Center Video Gallery exclusive!

Amanda Palmer surprises her audience at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with an impromptu reunion of The Dresden Dolls, performing “Missed Me” with special guest Brian Viglione. Recorded August 9.