When temperatures drop and the nights grow longer, things really heat up at Lincoln Center. Even those who are tempted to hole up against the elements in their New York penthouses and luxury condos find themselves venturing out to the bright lights and expansive spaces of the Lincoln Center campus for some culture during the fall and winter. Fortunately, the Lincoln Center concert schedule for the rest of 2015 offers a fantastic selection of classical, jazz, and holiday performances.
Classical music aficionados won’t want to miss brilliant young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who is performing the Rachmaninoff third piano concerto and “Symphonic Dances” with the New York Philharmonic November 24-28. Also on November 28th, a Saturday matinee performance of the Rachmaninoff “Symphonic Dances” will be followed by a question-and-answer period with orchestra musicians. Also of note: the December 10th world premiere of a new piano concerto by Andrew Norman along with Beethoven’s fourth symphony and some Strauss, and Itzhak Perlman conducting the Juilliard orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky masterworks on December 14th.
On November 29th, Billy Strayhorn’s 100th birthday, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Under New York present “Take the A Train,” a Billy Strayhorn celebration. The 7:30 show features the Sunnyside Social Club and Evan Sherman Entourage; at 9:30, Underground Horns join the Evan Sherman Entourage. The following week, the Eric Reed Trio and Allan Harris perform “Love Came: The Songs of Strayhorn” December 3rd-6th. For donors and subscribers to the New York Philharmonic and/or Lincoln Center, there is a special celebration of Frank Sinatra’s birthday on December 3rd, complete with an optional pre-concert champagne reception and dinner with the artists.
Other December jazz performances include the Marquis Hill Quintet on the 7th; big band jazz with Andy Farber and his Orchestra on the 9th and 10th; the El Reed Trio with special guest George Cables from the 15th to the 17th; the 18-19th “Divas of the Silver Screen” honoring Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Rosemary Clooney and including tap routines from the silver screen by Michela Marino Lerman; and legendary pianist Dick Hyman performing ragtime, stride piano, and his own compositions on the 22nd.
Holiday performances in December include the 20th annual Holiday Brass concert; a sing-in of Handel’s Messiah early in the month followed by five performances for listening only at mid-month; and the Brandenburg Concertos on December 15th. Fans of jazz and popular music will want to check out Etienne Charles’s “Creole Christmas” on the 2nd; “Big Band Holidays” with the Jazz Orchestra of Lincoln Center and/or “Oh, What Fun! A Philharmonic Holiday” by the NYC Gay Men’s chorus and Eric Owens, both between the 17th and the 19th; “Holiday Swing” with young New York jazz vocalists Michael Mwenso, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas from the 11th to the 13th; the DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s celebration of Ella Fitzgerald a week before Christmas; the Ted Rosenthal Trio on the 23rd; and a New Year’s Eve performance “of fizzy French treats, from Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can’ to Saint-Saëns’s ‘Carnival of the Animals.’”