“On Thursday, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced that it was canceling all of the summer performances and activities it presents, including … a three-week outdoor dance party with live bands called Midsummer Night Swing, the classical music-focused Mostly Mozart Festival and … Lincoln Center Out of Doors,” writes Anastasia Tsioulcas on Thursday (4/9) at National Public Radio. “Lincoln Center’s cancellation of its summer offerings is also something of a marker for the hard decisions being faced right now by performing arts institutions and other arts organizations across the country due to the pandemic…. Lincoln Center hosts many of the world’s top artists, who are invited months and even years before their performance dates. With no end in sight to the restrictions on public gatherings … Lincoln Center’s decision to cancel its summer may be a harbinger for culturally quiet months ahead in New York City and elsewhere.” Lincoln Center said in a statement that “it is our intention, when it is safe again to gather in person, to stage a free pop-up festival in celebration of our great city, and the selfless first responders and healthcare workers who are giving so much during this crisis.”
On April 8, Lincoln Center launched a new digital initiative, Lincoln Center at Home, featuring pop-up classrooms on Facebook Live, short concerts for family audiences, archival and livestreamed performances in multiple genres, and more.