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Live Music Returns to Lincoln Square

Jan 21, 2021
musician playing in a storefront

Lincoln Square is the cultural heart of New York City, but throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our neighborhood's cultural organizations have had to present the performing arts virtually while they explore the future of live performances. Two organizations, Kaufman Music Center and the Museum of Arts and Design, are now welcoming back live music to Lincoln Square - in a safe, socially-distant way!

This winter, Kaufman Music Center brings live music back with a new pop-up concert series, Musical Storefronts, featuring more than 100 of NYC's finest performers including chamber musicians, Broadway stars, soloists and more. Presented in partnership with the Alphadyne Foundation, Musical Storefronts provides work to artists severely impacted by the cancellation of live performances in a format that takes into account all necessary health and safety measures for both artists and audiences. To limit crowd size and ensure social distancing, artists and programs will be announced at the location on the day of performances. Learn more here. 

And, on select Thursdays and Saturdays, live music activates the galleries of the Museum of Arts and Design. Meant to be enjoyed informally as visitors explore the art on view, performances from an international roster of celebrated instrumentalists take place in accordance with the Museum’s safe social-distancing practices. Curated by Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd of Boyd Meets Girl, the roster of musicians include international soloists, Grammy winners, and members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the orchestra for Broadway's smash hit Hamilton. The artists will perform works crossing a range of genres—from classical to contemporary—that will enhance visitors’ experience with the art. Performances take place Thursdays 6:00–8:00pm and Saturdays 2:00–4:00pm and are free with museum admission. Click here to learn more and view the lineup.