David Lang's "the public domain"

On the hottest day of the year in August 2016, over 800 singers, ranging from professional vocalists and choral members to indefatigable volunteers from every walk of life, gathered together with over a thousand spectators around the iconic fountain of Lincoln Center for an unforgettable event celebrating the meaning of community. Watch the complete world-premiere performance of David Lang's monumental work, the public domain, conducted by Simon Halsey. High quality headphones or properly placed stereo speakers are recommended.

Read what New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini had to say about the public domain.

New York Philharmonic: Celebrating Sondheim
Aired Tuesday, December 31 at 8 PM (check local listings)

The New York Philharmonic celebrates the dazzling orchestral world of Stephen Sondheim. Conducted by Alexander Gemignani and hosted by Bernadette Peters, with special guest vocalist Katrina Lenk (2018 Tony Award™ winner for “The Band’s Visit”), the concert will feature several of Sondheim’s most beloved works, including suites from "Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods," and "Sweeney Todd," performed with all the excitement and bold harmonic sophistication of one of the world’s great orchestras.

Learn more about this performance in the Program Notes.

ODYSSEY: The Chamber Music Society in Greece
Friday, September 6 at 9 PM
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Ancient Greece – land of Homer, Aristotle, Sophocles and Plato – is commonly described as the birthplace of the Classical ideal. Celebrating this legacy, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) takes its world-class, high-spirited musicians to Greece, performing works that embody the essence of classical music.

In iconic settings like the First Ancient Theatre of Larissa, the historic Church of Pammegiston Taxiarchon at Pelion, and the newly opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, this remarkable ensemble performs pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, and the contemporary Greek-American composer George Tsontakis – culminating in a triumphant version of Mendelssohn’s Octet. The film also offers a sumptuous taste of Greece itself, exploring the history, mythology and ideas that have inspired classical music for centuries. It’s an Odyssey that classical music lovers won’t want to miss.

Produced in association with CMS and ERT: Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.

Read more about this adventure in a special Program Note from the producer.


50 Years of Mostly Mozart
Originally aired Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9 PM
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Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates 50 years of memorable moments in classical music with both a look back and a look ahead. Signature performances of Mozart's first and last symphonies by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, led by music director Louis Langrée, and an early piano concerto performed by Richard Goode, anchor a program that also reminds us that the legacy of Mozart is alive and well, leading the adventurous toward fresh new possibilities.

Learn more about the Mostly Mozart Festival in the Program Notes.

New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve with Renée Fleming
Originally aired Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Year’s Eve tradition continues with the New York Philharmonic, led by new music director Jaap van Zweden, welcoming opera great Renée Fleming for a festive evening of music. From the waltzes of Johann Strauss II to musical pearls from Stephen Sondheim and film composer Alexandre Desplat, Fleming and the Philharmonic conjure all the elegance and sparkle of a night at the Ball. Kelli O’Hara hosts a night which also celebrates the 60th anniversary of Lincoln Center.

Learn more about this performance in the Program Notes.

Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba
Originally aired Friday, December 16, 2016 (check local listings)

Nominated for the 2017 Emmy® Award for Best Musical Director, David Lai. In the spring of 2016, a delegation of performing artists embarked on a groundbreaking adventure – to the shores of Cuba, a historic gesture designed to “extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.” One of the trip’s ambassadors was the celebrated violinist Joshua Bell. Joshua has now brought the magic of that cultural encounter back home to the U.S. He's joined by the celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Havana, Dave Matthews, and other special guests including the "Poet of Havana," Carlos Varela.

Learn more about this performance in the Program Notes.


Originally aired Friday, February 8, 2019

In Lincoln Center Theater's riveting production of a play by Dominique Morisseau ("Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"), Nya Joseph (Karen Pittman) is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students’ achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari (Namir Smallwood), to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari’s rage, her own parental decisions, and the public and private school systems, as she rallies to save her son.

Learn more about this performance in the Program Notes.


Originally aired Spring 2018 and 2019

Season 2

Three of Broadway's iconic leading ladies - Annaleigh Ashford, Cynthia Erivo, and Megan Hilty - showcase their singular talents in a second season of sparkling solo concerts performed in the intimate Appel Room overlooking Central Park.

Season 1

Four of Broadway's brightest stars - Sutton Foster; Leslie Odom, Jr.; Stephanie J. Block; and Andrew Rannells - light up the stage in a series of solo concerts specially produced for Lincoln Center featuring delightful special guests.


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Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration
Live From Lincoln Center

Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration

Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and opera's finest honor the legendary American tenor.

Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop - Encore
Live From Lincoln Center

Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop - Encore

The critically acclaimed program featuring ballet's next generation returns to PBS.

Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul
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Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul

The 2014 Tony Award winner proves why he's one of Broadway's best-loved performers.

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Pipeline Education Guides

As a companion to February 8th's PBS premiere of Pipeline, CLICK HERE for an education guide, created by Lincoln Center Education.

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Danny's Big Adventure

Danny's Big Adventure

Paul Reubens tells us why he tapped Danny Elfman to score "Pee Wee's Big Adventure."

The stars of the PBS special tell why the legacy of Sinatra lives on.
Cast members reveal their thoughts on interpreting a controversial historical masterpiece.
Fans get into their Sunday beast for "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton."
Even for this versatile actress, playing multiple roles isn't as easy as it looks.
New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma

New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma joins the New York Philharmonic for a festive evening of dance-inspired music.