Lincoln Center Cancels Fall Performances


Lincoln Center lit up for Pride Month. Photo by Amy Mosedale.

Lincoln Center has canceled performances that were expected to run this fall, joining other performing arts organizations in shutting down their 2020 seasons.

“Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) will cancel all fall events in the 2020/21 Great Performers series and 2020/21 David Rubenstein Atrium Season, as well as the annual White Light Festival,” Lincoln Center announced.

The plan is start up its Great Performers series in February, depending on health guidance.

Lincoln Center has furloughed or laid off about half of its staff, and leaders took salary cuts, according to the Times.

Lincoln Center has been running online programs at its website and Facebook page.

The announcement comes as other performance venues like movie theaters are preparing to open, perhaps as soon as next month.

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    1. KMdude says:

      This is very unfortunate but not much of a surprise.

      That said, I believe the plaza at Lincoln Center should be open to the public. We need some open space to walk around. The plaza can safely reopen if we exercise social distancing.

    2. naro says:

      Ever since the Met Opera performed the Death (actually murder)of Mr. Klinghoffer, this Met Opera patron has lost all interest in this accursed venue.

      • UWSHebrew says:

        I SECOND! I have vowed not to support it any way since then. Bless you naro!

      • EdNY says:

        So much for artistic freedom. I saw it and while it was not a particularly good opera, I was not offended by it. One can always vote with his or her pocketbook, of course. The highlight of that evening, however, was Giuliani making a complete fool of himself in the crowd, criticizing something he had not seen.

        • naro says:

          For your info by the time it reached the Met stage it was already partially cleansed of its utterly disgusting and gross anti-Semitic portion of the first act which was evil beyond belief.

          • EdNY says:

            Exactly. Which is why I didn’t find it offensive. Always worthy of discussion and argument.

        • Barbara says:

          Brava for standing up for artistic freedom. If we don’t tell the story, painful or not, it can happen again.

          • UWSHebrew says:

            “if we don’t tell the story” — uh, what? The opera sought to justify the murder of an innocent American wheelchair-bound senior citizen because of the political beliefs of the man who threw him overboard the ship. Period. It’s anti-semitic drivel, and dangerous.

    3. Joseph Panarello says:

      Christmas without THE NUTCRACKER or THE MESSIAH?

    4. Phoebe says:

      What a beautiful photograph. I’ll be sad to miss the outdoor concerts. I guess the opera out of doors will also be cancelled. I don’t know why the plaza is closed. Maybe after the long, hot summer…