Lincoln Center will gain an unexpected ornament this summer—a mirrored disco ball—that signals new directions for the venerable performing arts center’s annual summer festivals. For its 2022 “Summer for the City” festival, May 14-August 14, Lincoln Center will present more than 300 events, most of them free, many of them interactive, in multiple genres on three indoor stages and ten outdoor spaces. The festival opens with a public singalong featuring the Young People’s Chorus of New York conducted by Elizabeth Núñez. Performances include two versions of Mozart’s Requiem: Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée will lead the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, vocal soloists, and the Unsung Collective chorus in the original version; it’s one of a dozen Mostly Mozart concerts this summer. And choreographer Kyle Abraham, his dance troupe, and composer Jlin will reimagine the Requiem as an electronic work that memorializes ritual and rebirth. Other events will feature popular music; social dancing with live bands; a “second line” procession by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; an evening-long performance in honor of Juneteenth; and a celebration of quinceañera, the Latin American rite of passage. 

Caption: Illustration by Ali Kashfi of the planned outdoor dance floor at Lincoln Center’s “Summer for the City” festival in Manhattan.