Lincoln Center to Host Year-Long Celebration of Terence Blanchard

By David Salazar

This March, Lincoln Center is set to do its first cross-campus exploration of an artist.

Entitled “See Me As I Am: Lincoln Center’s Year-Long Celebration of Terence Blanchard,” the event will see seven organizations, including Film at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, explore the works of the renowned composer of such works as “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.”

It all kicks off on March 20, 2023 with the presentation of “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” by Sacha Jenkins at Film at Lincoln Center. Blanchard will be on hand to talk about his composition of the film score for the documentary.

Next up is the premiere of “Champion” at the Metropolitan Opera. The work runs from April 10-May 13, 2023. In conjunction with the performances, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will hold a panel on April 13 about “Champion.”

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will showcase the New York premiere of “Island Prayers” with the Turtle Island Quartet while Juilliard will feature work by Blanchard throughout its programs. Finally, Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform works over two nights in March 2024.

“I’m overjoyed at the idea of bringing all of my musical experiences together to make one statement about the importance of human connection,” said Blanchard in an official press statement. “Every part of this residency reflects how much I love music on a broader level— I can’t help but feel blessed with how I’ve been to be able to spread my wings.”