Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced that its annual multidisciplinary showcase, Lincoln Center Festival, will be discontinued. The announcement follows the departure of the festival’s long-time director, Nigel Redden, earlier this year; after nearly two decades at the helm, Redden stepped down from his position in September.
The 22nd annual festival, which ran July 10–30 and featured over 40 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film from around the U.S. and the world, was the last.
In further news from LCPA, all of the center’s programming will be consolidated under the curation of Artistic Director Jane Moss, effective immediately.
Moss started her career at Lincoln Center 25 years ago. She will oversee all LCPA programming, leading the music and multidisciplinary curatorial efforts that span the contemporary to the classical. Included are programs that are international in scope, as well as LCPA’s free events, such as Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Moss arrived at Lincoln Center in 1992 as Vice President of Programming, and was named Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center in 2011.
“This programming consolidation offers a wonderful opportunity for Lincoln Center to fully take advantage of its special assets and make a bold statement about the vibrancy, significance, and relevance of the performing arts in today’s challenging world,” said Moss in a statement. “Our capacity to juxtapose the classical with the contemporary, to offer all disciplines and genres, and to present indoors and outside allows us to significantly contribute to the local, national, and international cultural landscape. Equally important, our inclusion of free and participatory events as a major component of our activities enables us to actively serve and celebrate the unique and diverse community of New York City, our home.”
“Jane Moss is a rare talent who has the ability to transform her unique artistic vision into a compelling arts experience,” added LCPA President Debora L. Spar. ”She has re-imagined, revitalized, and reinvigorated the programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, finding it both critical and popular success. For the past 25 years Jane has defined the cultural experiences of a generation, and I am honored to see her transition into a new role where she will undoubtedly find more ways to delight, entertain, and inspire the next era of the performing arts.”