Lincoln Center's free holiday concerts

DAMASO REYES Special to the AmNews | 12/21/2011, 5:06 p.m.

For some, the holiday season and New Year's are the perfect time to get away. Indeed, even the flood of tourists coming to see the tree at Rockefeller Center can't stem the exodus that occurs this time of year-so much the better for those of us who remain. For us lucky few and brave, Lincoln Center is offering a reward in the form of a series of free concerts at the David Rubenstein Atrium over the next two weeks.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, guests can view "Lost in Kino," a musical and cinematic experience created by composer Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, featuring Romashka, Tall Tall Trees, PubliQuartet and some special guests. Zhurbin is a film composer who has worked with directors including Francis Ford Coppola. The evening will combine video and music for a unique experience.

As you recover from your Christmas dinners and prepare to ring in the new year, you can hear the musical stylings of Montreal-based singer-songwriter Chris Velan as he presents songs from his fourth studio album, "Fables for Fighters," on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m. Inspired by influences as diverse as the blues, reggae and African pop, Velan's music is as expansive as it is nuanced and will be a welcome respite from the six straight weeks of holiday music you have had to suffer through.

On Jan. 7, 2012, you can hear the Attacca Quartet. Formed by a group of students at the famous Julliard School back in 2007, the group has gone on to win truckloads of awards and distinguish itself by bringing chamber music to young audiences. They will present an interactive experience that will explore the process of collaboration through which their music is created.

As cold is it may be outside, this time of year is also perfect for taking in some of New York's best cultural events. So bundle up and head out to hear some great music!

The David Rubenstein Atrium is located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets. For more information, including a calendar of performances and programs, visit www.lincolncenter.org/atrium.