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Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic Invite New York to Open House Weekend in New David Geffen Hall

Weekend-Long Celebration to Feature more than 40 FREE Performances including Choir! Choir! Choir! with special guest Kermit the Frog, BANDALOOP, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the New York Philharmonic, and more!

Sat, Oct 29 & Sun, Oct 30 

NEW YORK, NY (October 13, 2022) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) and the New York Philharmonic announce the lineup for Open House Weekend—a free weekend-long celebration for all with more than 40 events at the new David Geffen Hall on October 29 and 30.

Highlights include a participatory performance by Choir! Choir! Choir! with special guest Kermit the Frog, plus live performances by artists and ensembles across genres, including the aerial dance company BANDALOOP, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Soul Science Lab, the Juilliard Orchestra with members of the New York Philharmonic conducted by Anna Handler and David Robertson, and more.

On Sunday, families can enjoy of day of programming geared towards children and young adults featuring activities like crafting your own Halloween story and learning new dance moves with music and activities celebrating cultures around the globe.

The Open House Weekend is FREE and first-come, first-served. Visitors are welcome to stay all day or stop by throughout the day.

A full schedule of events will be available soon at

Lincoln Center seeks to create a more inclusive experience for audiences by providing a range of accommodations—no request necessary. All performances have accessible seating, assistive listening devices. Throughout the weekend, performances feature ASL interpretation, captioning and hearing loops installed. A chill out space is available, as well as headphones and fidgets to borrow. To learn about the venue’s accommodations, click HERE. If you require any additional accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 212-875-5375.

October 29, 10:00 am–11:00 pm

Join us as world-class artists take over the new David Geffen Hall, turning every corner into a stage. With live performances by artists and ensembles across genres, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience New York's newest concert hall.

ARTIST LINEUP: Nina Chanel Abney • BANDALOOP • BombaYo • Justin Vivian Bond • Dee Dee Bridgewater • Bronx Arts Ensemble • Brooklyn Youth Chorus • Choir! Choir! Choir! with special guest Kermit the Frog • Dayramir Gonzalez Quartet • Anna Handler • Members of Juilliard415 • The Juilliard Orchestra • Jennifer Koh • Juana Luna • Anthony McGill • Members of the New York Philharmonic • Brian Stokes Mitchell • DJ Rekha • David Robertson • Rootstock Republic • Jacolby Satterwhite • Time for Three • thingNY • Imani Uzuri • Sō Percussion • Bora Yoon and R. Luke DuBois

October 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

Recommended for families and kids
Explore the tricks and treats that the world of live performance can offer! Craft your own Halloween story, learn new dance moves, meet amazing puppets, and experience the magic of live music. Kids and families are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes!

ARTIST LINEUP: James Lovell and the Afri-Garifuna Music Ambassadors • Afro- Latin Jazz Alliance • BANDALOOP • Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy with Dan Kurfirst • Emphasis Entertainment • Bill Gordh • 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Ji Su Jung • Members of the New York Philharmonic • Students from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art • Students from Performing Arts and Talent Unlimited High School • Hamid Rahmanian • Soul Science Lab • Grand Wizzard Theodore and DJ Perly • Basil Twist • Costume Corner • Dance Classes • Storytelling Workshop • Visual Art Workshop • Puppetry


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About the Reimagination of David Geffen Hall
Opening in October 2022, the new David Geffen Hall improves the entire concert-going experience, creating the state-of-the-art Wu Tsai Theater to serve as the home of the New York Philharmonic and accommodating anticipated artists and audiences of the future. The project brings online tens of thousands of square feet of new public space for diverse cultural uses, including performance and community. It is supporting 6,000 jobs and $600 million in economic activity and has exceeded its inclusion benchmarks with 42 percent construction participation by minority- and women- owned businesses and averaging 52 percent of the workforce from underrepresented communities.

The David Geffen Hall design team includes Diamond Schmitt Architects, led by Gary McCluskie, on the Wu Tsai Theater; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects¦Partners, led by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, on all of the public spaces; acoustician Paul Scarbrough of Akustiks; and theater designer Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates.

Chef Kwame Onwuachi, a native New Yorker from the Bronx and visionary chef, is putting his signature stamp on the restaurant at David Geffen Hall, which he has named Tatiana, and will explore Afro-Caribbean flavors.

Turner Construction Company is serving as construction manager and the firms Kohler Ronan and Thornton Tomasetti are providing engineering services. More details can be found at


Open House Weekend is supported by Morgan Stanley This program is part of the Wu Tsai Series Inaugural Season

Public support is provided by Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, Speaker Adrienne Adams and the New York City Council, New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Empire State Development Corporation


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