Press Release

January 30, 2020

Lincoln Center Announces 2020/21 Great Performers Season

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Lincoln Center Announces 2020/21 Great Performers Season
Highlights Include:


Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Elektra in concert, with

Iréne Theorin in the title role and Lise Davidsen in her role debut as Chrysothemis


Louis Langrée conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the New York premiere of
Christopher Rouse's final work


Barbara Hannigan, Katia and Marielle Labèque, star in the New York premiere of
original production Supernova, directed by Netia Jones


An all-Stravinsky program of ballet music with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra;

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra perform Morton Feldman’s
Rothko Chapel alongside Mozart’s Requiem


Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed perform a recital of sacred and secular songs


Solo recitals with Piotr Anderszewski and Paul Lewis; a two-piano program by Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein;

Bach’s complete works for solo violin with Julia Fischer


A continued commitment to highlighting artists on the rise including
Randall Goosby, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Jay Campbell, Jess Gillam, and
the inaugural Avery Fisher Legacy Concert featuring George Li


Returning favorites include Budapest Festival Orchestra, Takács Quartet, Jeremy Denk,
Les Arts Florissants, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and more


A specially-curated Bach focus features today’s preeminent Bach
interpreters from across the globe

Films honoring the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth; multiple free solo instrumental
and chamber music performances in the David Rubenstein Atrium



NEW YORK, NY (January 30, 2020) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced details of its 2020/21 Great Performers series. Now in its 55th year, the series is dedicated to presenting outstanding renowned and emerging artists from across the globe in the concert halls and theaters across the institution’s iconic campus. The season features an array of the world’s most accomplished and inventive orchestras, conductors, recitalists, and chamber ensembles, performing classical and bold, cutting-edge repertoire.


"The heart of Great Performers is inspiring concert experiences of masterworks and fresh discoveries from the past alongside imaginative new voices from our own time," said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center. "From large symphonic works to intimate recitals with the world's most acclaimed virtuosos and ensembles, this season offers the singular beauty, transcendence, and connection that is unique to live performance. We invite you to join us. Let the noise recede and the music begin."


Highlights of the 2020/21 season include: Elektra in concert with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra  with an all-star cast including Iréne Theorin and Lise Davidsen; the New York premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Sixth Symphony with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; the New York production premiere of Supernova, a fully-staged performance with Barbara Hannigan and Katia and Marielle Labèque; recitals by Lawrence Brownlee, Piotr Anderszewski, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein on two pianos; and Bach’s complete solo violin works with Julia Fischer.


The season also includes a specially curated series of chamber works, solo recitals, lectures, and film that celebrates the genius and inventiveness of Bach, performed by internationally renowned artists:


  • Pianist Francesco Tristano inventively transforms Bach’s seminal Goldberg Variations into Goldberg City Variations, using technology that builds a projected digital city in real time;


  • Belgium’s premier period orchestra and choir, Collegium Vocale Gent, performs Bach’s shattering Mass in B minor under director Philippe Herreweghe with pre-concert lecture by Michael Marissen;


  • Bach Collegium Japan offers the universal favorite, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben;


  • A marathon of Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin, performed on a single concert by Julia Fischer;


  • Piotr Anderszewski explores curated selections from Book II of Bach’s quintessential Well-Tempered Clavier with pre-concert lecture by Ara Guzelimian;


  • Works by Bach and his eldest two sons are featured in a concert by violinist Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra;


  • A documentary film entitled The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, which showcases John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir in an extraordinary musical odyssey



Additional highlights of the season include three films honoring the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and performances by thrilling young artists bursting onto the scene such as Randall Goosby, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Jay Campbell, George Li, and saxophonist Jess Gillam.


Great Performers is one of many programs offered by Lincoln Center that annually activates the campus’s indoor and outdoor spaces across a wide range of the performing arts. Additional presentations include the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, American Songbook, Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, ongoing free performances at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts that reach beyond the iconic campus. Lincoln Center also presents a myriad of education programs and presentations for families throughout the year.  


Artist biographies and images are available for download here.


Lincoln Center’s Great Performers 2020/21

Series Overviews at a Glance


Symphonic Masters

Since its inception, the Symphonic Masters series has been the cornerstone of Great Performers, and annually features the world’s most in-demand orchestras, music directors, and soloists in David Geffen Hall. This season’s impressive lineup highlights two American orchestras alongside perennial Lincoln Center favorites from Europe, presenting symphonic works in concert, from concertos to choral masterpieces and ballet scores.


The Cleveland Orchestra under music director Franz Welser-Möst opens the season with a sublime program of Morton Feldman’s introspective Rothko Chapel paired with Mozart’s transcendent Requiem and Ave verum corpus (October 4, 2020).


Louis Langrée and his distinguished Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra offer two final works by eminent composers. The New York premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Sixth Symphony complements Tchaikovsky’s anguished “Pathétique” Symphony (November 8, 2020).


In his final season with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a pair of concerts. For the first, violinist Alina Ibragimova displays her virtuosity in Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D. The orchestra soars in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in the second half of the program (January 24, 2021). Equally at home with operatic repertoire, Salonen leads an all-star cast in a concert version of Strauss’s Elektra for the second performance. The epic one-act revenge parable features acclaimed Strauss interpreter Iréne Theorin as the title character, alongside fast-rising soprano Lise Davidsen in her highly anticipated role debut as Chrysothemis (January 25, 2021).


The beguiling Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer return with Schumann’s only Piano Concerto, featuring Anna Vinnitskaya in her New York concerto debut (March 28, 2021).


Closing out the series, the illustrious Simon Rattle and the esteemed London Symphony Orchestra perform two consecutive concerts: a tour-de-force evening of Stravinsky’s ballets in concert, The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring (April 25, 2021) followed by Mahler’s searingly prescient “Tragic” Sixth Symphony (April 26, 2021).


These programs are supported by the Leon Levy Fund for Symphonic Masters
Symphonic Masters is made possible in part by endowment support from UBS



Chamber Orchestras


A series of intimate performances and arresting interpretations of quintessential Baroque and early Classical favorites, by the world’s most in-demand chamber orchestras in Alice Tully Hall.


Renowned period-instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants, led by founder William Christie, presents a program of Haydn and Mozart. They are joined by impeccable fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout for Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 18 (October 29, 2020).


Belgium’s acclaimed period orchestra and choir, Collegium Vocale Gent, returns under pioneering director Philippe Herreweghe with the pinnacle of Baroque choral repertoire: Bach’s B-minor Mass (December 12, 2020).


Masaaki Suzuki’s period-instrument ensemble Bach Collegium Japan offers a Bach favorite alongside Mozart’s monumental Mass in C minor, featuring soprano Carolyn Sampson (January 26, 2021).


The high-spirited Australian Chamber Orchestra presents a dynamic program of works by J.S. Bach, including Bernard Labadie’s arrangement of the Goldberg Variations, alongside works by Bach’s two eldest sons (April 17, 2021).



Virtuoso Recitals and Chamber Music


This season’s performances in Alice Tully Hall include distinguished pianists, a celebrated violinist, and Lincoln Center chamber music favorite the Takács Quartet, joined by Jeremy Denk.


Two fixtures on the international stage as soloists, Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein, join forces for a two-piano recital with works by Rachmaninoff and Ravel alongside homages to Mozart and Bach by Busoni (November 10, 2020).


German violinist Julia Fischer performs Bach’s complete works for solo violin in a single monumental performance (March 6, 2021).


Pianist Piotr Anderszewski offers a bespoke performance of his personal selections from Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (March 25, 2021).

Paul Lewis presents an evening with five selections from Mendelssohn's “Songs Without Words” and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition bookending pieces by Haydn, Schubert, and Scriabin (April 20, 2021).


The incomparable Takács Quartet marries one of Beethoven’s late quartets, a profound meditation on mortality, with Arvo Pärt's austere Summa (October 22, 2020). Their spring program takes on glowing Mozart, inventive Dutilleux, and the joyful Schumann Piano Quintet featuring matchless pianist Jeremy Denk (April 15, 2021).



Art of the Song


This season’s Art of the Song series steps away from the traditionally focused art song recital and expands its approach to highlight the power of the human voice in singular concert experiences.


A verifiable force of nature, soprano Barbara Hannigan, and piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque star in the New York premiere of Supernova, a staged production spanning nine centuries of song with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, David Chalmin, and Bryce Dessner, directed by Netia Jones (October 16 & 17, 2020).


The unparalleled American tenor Lawrence Brownlee returns to his musical roots with a recital of sacred and secular songs from his early years, with pianist Damien Sneed (February 6, 2021).



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

This season’s intimate hourlong concerts in the Walter Reade Theater include U.S. and New York debuts from some of today’s most exciting performers.

Two rare young talents join forces for Strauss, Milhaud, and Kreisler: violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian makes his New York debut with pianist Maximilian Kromer, in his U.S. debut (October 25, 2020).

Relentlessly curious cellist and two-time Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Jay Campbell offers a program that includes Tristan Perich’s Formations, for solo cello and six-channel 1-bit electronics (December 6, 2020).


French ensemble Trio Karénine brings effervescent Haydn and Ravel (February 7, 2021).


A new annual series, the Avery Fisher Legacy Concerts, showcase artists honored by the Avery Fisher Artist Program as recipients of either the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize or an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The inaugural concert features American pianist George Li performing Beethoven and Schumann (February 28, 2021).


American pianist Claire Huangci displays her sparkling virtuosity with Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (April 11, 2021).


The series closes with the New York debuts of Francesca Dego and Francesca Leonardi in a delectable recital of Beethoven, Busoni, and Rossini-inspired operatic fantasias (May 9, 2021).


Refreshments are provided by Zabar’s and



Music on Film

Every year, Great Performers presents extraordinary film footage that complements the season. This year includes three films celebrating the brilliance of Beethoven in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth—from a dramatized symphonic premiere to a probing documentary featuring experts and musical icons, to a historic concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall (February 7 & 8, 2021). A bonus film anchors this year’s Bach focus series, a documentary tracing John Eliot Gardiner’s monumental Bach Cantata Pilgrimage with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2000 (December 12, 2020).


Presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Christian Labrande


Complimentary Classical


For seven years, Great Performers has offered an evening series of free string quartet recitals in the David Rubenstein Atrium. In its eighth year, the series is taking a new direction, adding cutting-edge soloists that are pushing the envelope and transforming the classical music landscape of today.


Pianist Francesco Tristano reimagines Bach’s Goldberg Variations into The Goldberg City Variations, using MIDI-technology that builds a projected digital city in tandem with a live performance of Bach’s intricately constructed work (November 4, 2020).

American violinist Randall Goosby presents a lively recital of lyrical Brahms and Clara Schumann, vivacious Bartók, and exhilarating Sarasate (February 25, 2021).


The groundbreaking string quartet invoke incorporates banjo and mandolin, weaving together musical genres that include contemporary classical, bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism (March 17, 2021).


Star British saxophonist Jess Gillam makes a rare New York appearance performing works from her debut album RISE (April 29, 2021).



Lincoln Center’s Great Performers 2020/21

Chronological Season Listing


Symphonic Masters

The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Lauren Snouffer, soprano

Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano

Julian Prégardien, tenor

Peter Kellner, bass (New York debut)
Wesley Collins, viola
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Feldman: Rothko Chapel

Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K.618

Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, returns to Lincoln Center for the first time since 2015 to perform Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, tackling the American maverick composer’s work for the first time. The contemplative piece, in tribute to Mark Rothko and his expressionist paintings in Houston’s ecumenical chapel, paves the way for Mozart’s Requiem and Ave verum corpus, his last and most profound sacred works.



Art of the Song

Supernova (New York premiere)
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Katia Labèque, piano/keyboards
Marielle Labèque, piano/keyboards
Netia Jones, director/video artist

David Chalmin, live electronics
Lightmap Projection Design

Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Rose Theater
Music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi,
Francesca Caccini, David Chalmin, and Bryce Dessner


Electrifying soprano Barbara Hannigan shimmers in Supernova, a New York premiere by director Netia Jones, with duo Katia and Marielle Labèque on piano and electronic keyboards. Commissioned by the
Los Angeles Philharmonic, this mesmerizing, fully staged exploration of song from the 12th to 21st centuries dazzles in sound, interactive projections, costumes, and light.


A co-production of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts



Chamber Music

Takács Quartet

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Arvo Pärt: Summa

Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Pre-concert lecture by Scott Burnham at 6:15 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


 An established Lincoln Center favorite, the inestimable Takács Quartet makes the first of two Great Performers appearances this season with “ravishing” (Times, UK) new violist Richard O’Neill. The quartet brings an extraordinary program of profound beauty—pairing Arvo Pärt’s mesmerizing Summa with Beethoven’s haunting String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, an emotionally contemplative work magnified by his deafness at the time.



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin (New York debut)

Maximilian Kromer, piano (U.S. debut)

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:00 am

Walter Reade Theater

Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18

Milhaud: Cinéma fantaisie d’après Le boeuf sur le toit

Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta


The fast-rising Armenian-Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian makes his New York debut with a program that highlights his pristine tone and showstopping technique. He performs Richard Strauss’s rarely played early Violin Sonata, the kinetic, Chaplin-esque “Bull on the Roof” by Milhaud, and closes with Kreisler’s evocative Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta. He is joined by longtime recital collaborator and fellow Austrian Maximilian Kromer in his U.S. debut.



Chamber Orchestras

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor

Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm 
Alice Tully Hall
Haydn: Symphony No. 84 in E-flat major
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K.456
Haydn: Symphony No. 87 in A major


Lincoln Center favorites William Christie and Les Arts Florissants return with an elegant pairing of
Haydn and Mozart on period instruments. “Prince of the fortepiano” (Times, UK) Kristian Bezuidenhout adds his revelatory magic to the exquisite Mozart Piano Concerto No. 18, bookended by two
of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies.



Complimentary Classical

The Goldberg City Variations
Francesco Tristano, piano

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

In this free recital at the David Rubenstein Atrium, pianist Francesco Tristano combines a classical masterwork with the latest in production and sequencing tools. Inspired by Iannis Xenakis’s book Music and Architecture and his idea of the cosmic city, Tristano performs Bach’s intricate Goldberg Variations against a backdrop of live projections for The Goldberg City Variations, a transporting visual and aural experience that creates a digital city line by line in real time with the music.



Symphonic Masters

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Rouse: Symphony No. 6 (New York premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (“Pathétique”)


It was only after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and music director Louis Langrée commissioned a new work from Christopher Rouse for their 125th anniversary that it became apparent the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer was writing his final opus. Deemed a “haunting and profound farewell” by The New York Times at its posthumous world premiere, Rouse described his Sixth Symphony as opening “with a feeling of yearning as it strives to find an anchor in a sea of doubt.” In their second Lincoln Center appearance, Langrée and the CSO pair the New York premiere of the Rouse with another final work, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, his “Pathétique”—a masterpiece of anguished passion that premiered nine days before the composer’s untimely death. Both works express a wide range of emotion, from soul searching reflection to manic joy and back again, taking the audience on what is both
a profound personal and shared journey.



Virtuoso Recitals

Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein, pianos
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall
Busoni: Duettino Concertante after Mozart
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica
Ravel: La valse


Keyboard powerhouses Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein join forces for a two-piano recital of revelatory virtuosity. Busoni’s effervescent transcription inspired by the finale of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K. 459 lays the foundation for Rachmaninoff’s own arrangement of his evocative Symphonic Dances. Another Busoni tribute, the ambitious Fantasia contrappuntistica based on his reverence for J.S. Bach, rounds out the program together with Ravel’s whirling La valse



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Jay Campbell, solo cello

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater
Tristan Perich: Formations for solo cello and electronics

and other works


Spellbinding cellist Jay Campbell is the only artist ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants—first as a soloist, and again as a member of the JACK Quartet. Known for his adventurous programs and electrifying performances, Campbell offers a unique recital including Tristan Perich’s Formations, a spiraling, reverberant tour de force for solo cello and six-channel electronics.



Music on Film

The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Walter Reade Theater


In 2000, John Eliot Gardiner led the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in an extraordinary musical odyssey: performing all of Bach’s extant cantatas in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. Comprising 90 concerts across 15 countries, the monumental project was captured for this documentary, The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage—an inspiring homage to the enduring genius of Bach. Directed by Manfred Waffender (2001) 60 minutes



Chamber Orchestras

Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Margot Oitzinger, mezzo-soprano (New York debut)
Alex Potter, countertenor (New York debut)
Guy Cutting, tenor (New York debut)
Peter Kooij, bass
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Pre-concert lecture by Michael Marissen at 6:15 pm
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


For its 50th anniversary season, Belgium’s leading period orchestra and choir Collegium Vocale Gent gives a special performance of Bach’s shattering masterpiece, the B-minor Mass, under founder-conductor Philippe Herreweghe. Having long been associated with the music of Bach, the group and Herreweghe have recorded it on three commercial albums and are performing this cornerstone piece for the first time at Lincoln Center since the Opening Nights Festival at Alice Tully Hall in 2009.



Symphonic Masters

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor


Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Alina Ibragimova, violin

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43


Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm
David Geffen Hall

Iréne Theorin (Elektra)

Lise Davidsen (Chrysothemis)

Anna Larsson (Klytemnestra)

Peixin Chen (Orestes)

Strauss: Elektra (in concert)


In his final season as the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts two consecutive performances showcasing the depth and breadth of their repertory. The first features dynamic violinist Alina Ibragimova in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, one of the towering pieces in the Romantic-era violin repertoire, paired with Sibelius’s magnificent Second Symphony, a composer Salonen was “born to conduct” (New Yorker). For the second performance, the visionary conductor and his orchestra mount an opera in concert: Richard Strauss’s Elektra. The one-act tale of terrifying intensity stars Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin as the steely Greek princess hell-bent on vengeance in the wake of the Trojan War. The cast includes rising-star soprano Lise Davidsen in her role debut as Elektra’s anguished sister, Chrysothemis. Davidsen, Salonen, and the Philharmonia recently collaborated on her acclaimed debut album of Strauss and Wagner.



Chamber Orchestras

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano
Zachary Wilder, tenor
Christian Immler, bass-baritone
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K.427
Pre-concert talk with Masaaki Suzuki at 6:15 pm
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Masaaki Suzuki and his captivating period-instrument ensemble pair a staple of the Baroque repertoire with a Mozartean masterpiece. Bach’s Cantata in C major with his famous chorale, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” opens the door to Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, which bears witness to the clear influence of Bach, and features ethereal soprano Carolyn Sampson.



Art of the Song

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Damien Sneed, piano
Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall
Songs of My Youth

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is an international opera star known for his florid virtuosity and extraordinary command of bel canto repertoire, but his love for music began while singing in church and listening to artists like Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, and Nat King Cole. For this highly personal recital, Brownlee and frequent collaborator Damien Sneed perform songs from Brownlee’s youth that initiated his journey to becoming one of the finest tenors in the world.



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Trio Karénine
Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater

Haydn: Piano Trio in F-sharp minor, Hob. XV:26
Ravel: Piano Trio

The elegant ensemble Trio Karénine (named after the heroine of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina) has risen to international acclaim, winning first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands. For this refreshing morning recital, violin, cello, and piano achieve perfect balance in radiant Haydn and beguiling Ravel, from their native France.


Music on Film

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Walter Reade Theater


Journey to the Lobkowitz Palace in Vienna in 1804, where Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony is about to be performed for the first time before a private audience—including the composer’s wealthy patron, the woman he loves, and his former teacher Joseph Haydn. Filmed on location, Eroica recreates the moment in music history when everything changed. With a soundtrack by L’Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones (2003). 85 minutes



Music on Film

Ode to Freedom: Bernstein Conducts Beethoven's Ninth
Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Walter Reade Theater


Leonard Bernstein’s concert in celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall has become almost as legendary as the revolutionary moment it celebrated. Recorded at Berlin’s beautiful Schauspielhaus on Christmas Day 1989, Bernstein made history with this performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducting musicians from East and West Germany as well as from the four countries that occupied Berlin after World War II. Witness Bernstein and his multinational ensemble transform the famous “Ode to Joy” into a stirring “Ode to Freedom.” Directed by Humphrey Burton (1989). Featuring the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and members of Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris. 85 minutes



Music on Film

In Search of Beethoven
Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Walter Reade Theater


Delving beyond the romantic myth of Beethoven as a tormented figure battling a tragic fate, this compelling 2009 documentary brings together some of the world’s leading musicians and Beethoven experts to reveal new insights into the legendary composer. This comprehensive look at the composer’s life includes appearances by such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Louis Langrée, Paul Lewis, and Gianandrea Noseda. Directed by Phil Grabsky (2009) 2 hours, 19 minutes



Complimentary Classical

Randall Goosby, violin
Zhu Wang, piano

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Bartók (arr. Székely): Romanian Folk Dances
Clara Schumann: Three Romances
Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella


First-prize winner of the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, American violinist Randall Goosby made his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic a decade ago at age 13. A protégé of Itzhak Perlman, Goosby curates an engaging showcase recital, free at the David Rubenstein Atrium. The program opens with Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, whose folkloric references in the third movement serve as an appetizer to Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances and Sarasate’s exhilarating Introduction and Tarantella. Clara Schumann, Brahms's close confidante and muse, rounds out the program with the

harmonically complex Three Romances, written for her close friend, the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim.



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Avery Fisher Legacy Concert
George Li, piano
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater
Beethoven: Fifteen Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme (“Eroica Variations”), Op. 35
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

An artist of “staggering technical prowess” (The Washington Post), American pianist George Li is a rapidly ascending star and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In this inaugural Avery Fisher Legacy Concert, Li brings his elegant artistry and stunning technique to an intimate recital, featuring Beethoven’s exquisite Eroica Variations and Schumann’s rapturous Fantasie in C major. The Avery Fisher Legacy Concerts present recipients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize or Avery Fisher Career Grant, awarded by the Avery Fisher Artist Program. Established in 1974, the Program recognizes instrumentalists and chamber ensembles who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music.



Virtuoso Recitals

Julia Fischer, solo violin
Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Alice Tully Hall
All-Bach program
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

In 2005, at merely 21, the superlative Julia Fischer recorded Bach’s complete works for solo violin, an impressive achievement for a violinist of any age. For her only stateside recital of the season, she performs the same monumental program in a single marathon event. The performance is comprised of three astonishing sonatas and three dance-like partitas, including No. 2’s alluring Chaconne, and displays her innate understanding of the haunting and rhapsodic intertwining of Bach’s melodic lines.



Complimentary Classical


Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium


Described as “not classical…but not not classical,” invoke is expanding the concept of the string quartet to encompass both bowed and fretted instruments, sometimes swapping out violin and viola for banjo and mandolin to interweave American musical traditions: bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle music, jazz, and more. They bring their singular sound to a genre-defying program,

free at the David Rubenstein Atrium.



Virtuoso Recitals

Piotr Anderszewski, piano
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall
Bach: Selected Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Pre-concert lecture by Ara Guzelimian, at 6:15 pm
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

J.S. Bach occupies a special place in the repertoire of the exceptional Piotr Anderszewski. The Polish pianist brings his freewheeling imagination to this intimate recital of personally curated selections from the second volume of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

The program, not in its typical progressive order, is imbued with Anderszewski’s characteristic personality

and shaped to inventive dramaturgical effect.



Symphonic Masters

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer, conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya, piano (New York concerto debut)

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (unfinished/Nowak edition)


A Lincoln Center audience favorite for their inventive performances and unmatched musicality, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra return with Bruckner’s remarkable, unfinished Ninth Symphony and Schumann’s exultant Piano Concerto.

The program features adventurous Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya—“a true lioness at the keyboard”

(The Washington Post)—in her New York concerto debut.



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Claire Huangci, piano
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater
Bach: Toccata in C minor
Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel, Op. 24

Winner of the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, American pianist Claire Huangci applies her passionate playing to a captivating recital of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Moving from a dynamic Bach toccata to Beethoven’s poignant Piano Sonata No. 28, Huangci’s poetic prowess culminates in Brahms’s bold,
spirited Handel Variations.



Chamber Music

Takács Quartet

Jeremy Denk, piano
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K.421
Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

The intrepid Takács Quartet returns for a dynamic spring program of sheer aural pleasure. Mozart’s expressive Quartet in D minor, the second of his quartets dedicated to Haydn, gives way to the magical Ainsi la nuit by Dutilleux. Avery Fisher Prize-winning pianist Jeremy Denk joins for the exuberant Schumann Piano Quintet, a genre-defining work that revolutionized chamber music for generations to come.



Chamber Orchestras

Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, director and violin
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
J.S. Bach: Ricercare, from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
W.F. Bach: Sinfonia in F major, F. 67
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in A major, Wq 182, No. 4
J.S. Bach (arr. Labadie): Goldberg Variations

Since becoming Artistic Director in 1990, violinist Richard Tognetti has transformed the Australian Chamber Orchestra into a dynamic force on the international stage. This supercharged program of J.S. Bach and his sons Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach culminates in Bernard Labadie’s revelatory arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.



Virtuoso Recitals

Paul Lewis, piano
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
Mendelssohn: Five Songs Without Words

Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI:51

Schubert: Sonata in B major, D.575

Scriabin: Five Preludes, Op. 74

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Celebrated keyboard interpreter Paul Lewis returns to Lincoln Center with an imaginative piano recital anchored by works inspired by visual art and art song. A selection from Mendelssohn’s most significant contribution to the solo piano literature, his lyrical “Songs Without Words,” opens the door to Haydn and Schubert sonatas followed by Scriabin’s last composition before his death in 1915. The backbone for this visionary program is Mussorgsky’s fiendishly difficult Pictures at an Exhibition.



Symphonic Masters

London Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle, conductor


Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

All-Stravinsky program

The Firebird
Le sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”)
Pre-concert lecture by Catherine Coppola, at 1:45 pm
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm
David Geffen Hall

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Simon Rattle and the esteemed London Symphony Orchestra return to Lincoln Center for a pair of monumental performances. In the first, they tackle the pieces that brought Stravinsky to international fame: The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring, the latter of which famously caused a riot at its premiere in 1913. These groundbreaking scores, commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, make for an epic program of iconic ballet music in concert. The second concert shines a light on Rattle’s unparalleled Mahler interpretations, with his searing “Tragic” Symphony. Completed in 1904, the prophetic masterpiece is punctuated by three prescient hammer blows of fate that foreshadow the tumultuous upheavals of the 20th century. The piece is also of great personal significance to Rattle himself, having conducted Mahler’s Sixth in his first performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and in his
final concert as its chief conductor.



Complimentary Classical

Jess Gillam, saxophone
Thomas Weaver, piano
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium

Pedro Iturralde: Pequeña Czarda
Graham Fitkin: Gate
Michael Nyman (arr. Simon Haram): If, from The Diary of Anne Frank
John Harle: RANT!
Bowie (arr. John Harle): Where Are We Now?
Wiedoeft: Valse Vanité
Milhaud: Scaramouche Suite

Since headlining the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in 2018, saxophonist Jess Gillam has been on a meteoric rise. With performances spanning classical repertoire to arrangements of David Bowie, this young “saxophone sensation” (BBC Music Magazine) has taken Britain, and now the world, by storm.
In this free concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium, hear a selection of eclectic pieces from her acclaimed debut album, RISE.



Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Francesca Dego, violin (New York debut)
Francesca Leonardi, piano (New York debut)
Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3

Busoni: Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Rosina, Fantasia for Violin and Piano from Il barbiere di Siviglia

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Figaro, Fantasia for Violin and Piano from Il barbiere di Siviglia


Violinist Francesca Dego and her regular recital partner, pianist Francesca Leonardi, make their New York debuts in a delectable recital of Beethoven, Busoni, and two fantasias inspired by one of the most famous and beloved operas of all time. Dego signed with Deutsche Grammophon in 2012, and her highly acclaimed discography includes a complete survey of the violin sonatas by Beethoven and of Paganini’s Caprices with Leonardi.



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