Lincoln Center’s “Summer for the City” festival: classical music, jazz processional, singalong, dance floor

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Design of outdoor dance floor at Josie Robertson Plaza for Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City festival. Illustration by Ali Kashfi

“After more than two years of upheaval brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Lincoln Center will stage a festival this summer aimed at helping New York City heal,” writes Javier C. Hernández in Wednesday’s (4/20) New York Times. “Called Summer for the City, the festival will take place across 10 outdoor spaces and three indoor stages … from mid-May to mid-August…. The center plans to feature more popular music and install a … dance floor at the center’s main plaza…. The festival … is the first under [Chief Artistic Officer Shanta] Thake, who joined Lincoln Center last year with a mission of broadening its appeal…. This year’s programming will open with a mass singalong on the Josie Robertson Plaza, featuring the Young People’s Chorus of New York.… In August, two versions of Mozart’s Requiem will be on offer—a traditionally presented one, by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and a reimagined dance version…. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will perform six pairs of concerts … under the ensemble’s longtime music director, Louis Langrée…. Jazz at Lincoln Center, embracing a New Orleans tradition, will lead a second-line processional from Columbus Circle to Lincoln Center, to mourn those who have died since the pandemic started.”