Lincoln Center will host a series of more than 300 Summer for the City events, both indoors and out, after two years of programming that was severely curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The performing arts institution first emerged from the pandemic last spring and summer with Restart Stages in the outdoor spaces of Lincoln Center, marking the end of a 13-month period without performing to audiences on the campus on Manhattan’s west side.
The Summer for the City festival announced on Wednesday will begin May 14 and run through August 14 and will include 10 outdoor venues and three indoor.
“It’s about getting people back together, making people feel safe together again,” said Shanta Thake, who was hired as Artistic Director of Lincoln Center last August. “And then the return of things like social dance, doing rituals together, singing along, all these ways that really answer the question of what New York needs that only live performances can provide.”
Indoor events at Rose Theater and Alice Tully Hall are on a ‘choose what you pay’ basis.
The festival kicks off with a sing-along at Lincoln Center Plaza featuring the Young People’s Chorus of New York and a speakeasy for the public under the driveway.
The Mostly Mozart Festival has not been held since 2019, but the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will perform six pairs of concerts, including Mozart’s Requiem. In addition, choreographer Kyle Abraham and composer Jlin present an electronic version of Mozart’s composition transformed into “Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth”.
Thake had been the Artistic Director of the Public Theater before replacing Jane Moss.
“The hope is that we’ll find that balance between what indoor and outdoor programs are when we go into next summer,” Thake said. “How do we really recognize that this has been an incredibly traumatic time for the world, but certainly for ours. And what is our role as a cultural institution to step in and deal with it, not just put on shows and pretend it never happened. something happened.”