Living in The Chatsworth’s luxury Upper West Side apartments has ample advantages: modern amenities in a New York City landmark that features Beaux Art architecture with expansive floor plans and renovated interiors. But few New York City apartments can boast these benefits along with the added perk of proximity to one of the city’s premier cultural institutions: Lincoln Center, a nexus of world-class performances between Broadway and Columbus Avenue and just a short walk from the Chatsworth. Whether you’re looking for a black-tie gala or an outdoor festival, Lincoln Center will likely be hosting it this calendar year. Here are just a few of the happenings taking place there this spring and summer.
Lincoln Center Festival | July 13 – July 31
With the razzle dazzle of classical dance, modern multimedia, and ancient theater, Lincoln Center’s keystone festival brings together performers across disciplines and countries. This season, the National Ballet of Canada interprets Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, and one of Japan’s oldest Noh theater companies, Kanze Noh, performs Okina, a “dance-based spiritual rite.” A highlight of the festival is sure to be hundred-year-old Japanese theater company Takarazuka Revue’s all-female version of the Broadway hit Chicago.
Midsummer Night Swing | June 21 – July 9
Every summer, Midsummer Night Swing takes over Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, transforming the sleepy plaza into a crowded dance hall with live music from bands performing genres ranging from salsa to rock n’ roll to swing. Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to jitterbug and jive alfresco from 6 until 10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Don’t worry if you can’t “cut a rug”—each evening there’s a group dance lesson.
Out of Doors Festival | July 20 – August 13
Culture doesn’t have to be confined to hushed theaters and recital halls. With the “Out of Doors Festival,” you can enjoy the country’s longest-running free arts festival, under the summer sun and in Lincoln Center’s outdoor spaces. Local and international performers fill the complex with music, poetry, dance, and spoken word. Past performers include Randy Newman, the Dorrance Dance Group, and Patti Smith, and screenings of a late-night, “silent” version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year, on Saturday, July 30, Laurie Anderson curates a day-long tribute to her late husband, Lou Reed, with screenings of Reed’s film Berlin, a sound installation of his guitar riffs, and a demonstration by Tai Chi Master Ren Guang-Yi.
Mostly Mozart Festival | July 22 – Aug 27
Fans of classical music wait all year for this annual celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with orchestras, soloists, and ensembles gathered from Austria to Austin, Texas. Now in its fiftieth year, “Mostly Mozart” is a New York City institution. In addition to the requisite performance of Mozart by the orchestra-in-residence, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, the festival includes classical and modern acts, like last year’s contemporary compositions by Dai Fukijura or Mendelson played on period instruments by the Academy of Ancient Music. For those who like their music well after dinner and drinks, the late-night program, “A Little Night Music,” hosts recitals of soloists and chamber groups in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Kids at Lincoln Center | June – September
Ease your children into the world of art without making them sit through Wagner’s The Ring Cycle or subtitled film screenings: Kids at Lincoln Center has offered the tiniest cultural connoisseurs live performances of NYC’s first all-woman mariachi band Flor de Toloache and a clown circus, and this spring, will bring in children’s author Todd Parr to the Atrium at Lincoln Center to read from his book Teachers Rock! Every year the organization pairs with the Philharmonic to host the Young People’s Concert, where the ever-charming opera sensation Eric Owens explains how operas come to life through interactive audience discussions and demonstrations from the orchestra.
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