District News

New Seasons This September 2017

Sep 6, 2017
With September's arrival, all things culture and performing arts in Lincoln Square will raise curtains for a new calendar season. From Jazz at Lincoln Center to Kaufman Music Center, there is no shortage of spectacular shows as we enter into the 2017-2018 season beginnings. 
 
Starting at the south end of our district, Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off its milestone 30th anniversary on September 14-17, 2017 with free concerts, tastings, and an acclaimed roster of jazz artists on every stage of Frederick P. Rose Hall (located inside of Time Warner Center). The celebratory weekend opens Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2017-18 season, highlighting the artists and programs that are significant to the organization's history, as well as the young talent--nurtured through Jazz at Lincoln Center's education and outreach programs--who represent the future. Click here for season tickets. 
 
The Metropolitan Opera begins its 2017-2018 season at the end of September with three operas premiering: Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece, Norma, on September 25; Les Contes d'Hoffmann, a poetic journey, begins September 26; and Mozart's magical fable, Die Zauberflöte, on September 27. Other operas from the season, which features five new productions and 19 revivals, include the classic favorite, La Bohème, and the highly expressionist and modernist opera, Elektra, based on Greek Mythology. Click here for a full list of operas from the 2017-2018 season.
 
One of the foremost dance companies in the world, New York City Ballet, housed in the David H. Koch Theater, will begin its 2017-2018 season with the eternally affecting Swan Lake, raising curtains on September 19. Two more full-lengths join the season: Romeo + Juliet, performed romantically around Valentine's Day, and Coppélia, which closes the season with hilarity in spring. In addition to several other performances throughout the season, the Ballet will also be bringing back George Balanchine's The Nutcracker for the holidays. Click here for ticket information.
 
The New York Philharmonic has a bold and brilliant season planned, with ensemble performances, open rehearsals, and the special Philharmonic Free Fridays, during which 100 free tickets are given away for every Friday evening subscription concert to people ages 13-26, in an effort to introduce younger audiences to the Orchestra's music. This year's season kicks-off with a special event, Star Wars: Film Concert Series, which offers the chance to enjoy the New York Philharmonic performing the iconic music of John Williams live to the complete films. Click here for more season highlights.
 
Merkin Concert Hall, inside of Kaufman Music Center at 129 West 67th Street, begins its new season this month, September 26, with its Tuesday Matineesseries. This series presents rising stars from all over the world who have wowed audiences on the stages of major concert halls. The 2017-2018 season also includes the series Broadway Close Up, which takes you behind the scenes of musicals old and new; Ecstatic Music Festival, which brings together composers and performers for one-night-only collaborative performances; In Your Face-New York, a live performance extravaganza that features the best of New York's actors, writers, musicians and more; and several others.
 
Chamber Music Society's 2017-2018 season, which began this past summer with the Summer Evenings series, picks back up in October with the performance Mozart in 1787. There are many performances and lectures scheduled for the fall, winter, and spring, including pre-concert lectures and Master Classes. Master Classes are free events (tickets required, donation suggested) meant to teach younger generations of aspiring chamber musicians the art of technique and interpretation. Click here for a season overview brochure.
 
Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, a chamber music group dedicated to paying tribute to Conductor Jens Nygaard, will also begin a 2017-2018 season which features marvelous works from the standard repertoire and the rarely-performed. The season incorporates 20 Monday performances, with two each day at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, for a total of 40 concerts. Each concert takes place at the Good Shepherd Church at 152 West 66th Street. The first concert will take place on September 11 and feature some colorful and ethereal songs. Tickets begin at $10. Click here for more information. 
 
Don't miss your chance to see incredible performances in Lincoln Square. Most of the aforementioned institutions offer package deals on multiple tickets and also membership deals. Grab your spots before the seasons sell out!
 
Pictured: The Magic Flute