Coming up: Holidays at the Atrium

December 26, 2011 2:08:03 PM PST
During this holiday season, the David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center's vibrant public and visitors space on the Upper West Side is the perfect place to take a break from shopping or just spend some quality family time taking in a wide array of free concerts and events. From Target Free Thursdays and Meet the Artist Saturdays to a special Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square event, the atrium is the place to be all season long. Scroll down for a schedule of all the free events! Thursday, December 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Target Free Thursdays
Presented in collaboration with NewSong Music
Motivated by a range of influences spanning 70s' singer-songwriters, blues, rock, 80s alternative, West African music and reggae, Montreal-based singer-songwriter and NewSong Recordings artist Chris Velan's continues his musical journey carving out his own path. Velan's fourth studio album Fables For Fighters produced by renowned producer Iestyn Polson (David Gray) finds Velan at his most poetically versatile. Sonically, it has a quality to it that is both timeless and new, intimate and cinematic, open and claustrophobic, haunting and reassuring. Thematically, the songs strive to balance the pains of struggle with the hope of transformation; the very personal search for one's place in the world. For more information, visit

Thursday, January 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Target Free Thursdays
After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British art-pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate's Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar and laptop. For more information about the artist, visit

Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11 a.m.
Meet the Artist Saturdays
Presented in collaboration with The Juilliard School
Violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming and cellist Andrew Yee, formed the Attacca Quartet at The Juilliard School in 2003. The quartet made its professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and has appeared there on numerous occasions since. First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinners and Listeners' Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America's premier young performing ensembles. The Quartet will offer an interactive program to bring young listeners inside the music and the process of sharing and collaboration that is at the heart of performing chamber music. For more information on the artists, visit

Please check for the full schedule of Atrium programs.

Free admission
The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Street)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 with Joyce DiDonato at 7:00 p.m.

Associated concerts:
Avery Fisher Hall
Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Steven STUCKY -- Son et lumière
BERLIOZ -- Les Nuits d'été
MUSORGSKY/Ravel -- Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday, March 7 with Alisa and Joshua Weilerstein at 7:00 p.m.

Associated concerts:
Avery Fisher Hall
Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
David Zinman, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

BEETHOVEN -- Symphony No. 8
BARBER -- Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN -- Symphony No. 4

Monday, April 16 with Garrick Ohlsson at 8:00 p.m.
Associated concerts:
Avery Fisher Hall
Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

MOZART -- Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme
TCHAIKOVSKY -- Symphony No. 5