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March 23, 2017

Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc Series Launches Events and Artist Residency in the Bronx April–June 2017

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Series Announces Partnership with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education to Hold Free Performances, Workshops, and Programs with Lincoln Center Education for Children and Families in
New York City Communities


Jadele McPherson is named Bronx Community Artist-in-Residence


NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2017) — Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc series, which hosts free performing arts programs in neighborhoods around New York City, returns to the Bronx this spring, presenting three engaging programs at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in April and another three with Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in June. In addition, Boro-Linc has named Jadele McPherson as artist-in-residence in the borough, and as such, she will conduct free public workshops and embark upon a community performance art project.


Consisting of hour-long community artist workshops, followed by hour-long performances, Boro-Linc programs ensure that families and arts lovers of all ages have access to world-class cultural experiences that reflect the diversity of New York City and its neighborhoods close to their homes.


At the Hostos Center, the Malian-born singer Abdoulaye Diabaté will perform songs of his native West Africa (April 8); The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra will present the life and music of African-American composer William Grant Still and Latina pianist Teresa Carreño (April 15); and Jazz at Lincoln Center bassist Carlos Henriquez and his ensemble delve into the musical legacy of the great Tito Puente, the King of Latin Music (April 22).


The first event presented in collaboration with Casita Maria on June 11 features Spirit Ensemble, which uses music as a medium to survey the vast African Diaspora; Afro Yaqui Music Collective combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, and indigenous music to explore traditions around the globe (June 18); Gino Sitson, a French-American singer originally from Cameroon, will present a multicultural performance reflective of his background (June 25). The locations for these programs will be announced at a later date.


Each of the performances will follow a workshop led by McPherson, an interdisciplinary artist who will be conducting a cross-genre project about gentrification in the South Bronx during her residency based at the Hostos Center. Using performance and visual arts, she will work to create a venue that incorporates voices of the community.


“While the South Bronx is a birthplace of hip-hop, Black, and Latinx music, as well as political activism in New York, there is a great need for spaces that foster new artistic voices from the community,” McPherson said. “Having roots in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Bronx, I’m excited to embark upon a project that will demonstrate the power of womanhood and Afro-Latinidad to create a more socially just city."


Boro-Linc, a community engagement program, breaks down geographic barriers. It creates greater access to Lincoln Center’s diverse arts and cultural offerings for all audiences and ages. Throughout the year, Boro-Linc brings programs to all of New York City’s boroughs.


In addition to its Bronx programming, Boro-Linc continues to offer programs throughout New York City this spring, including at Brooklyn’s Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center in Manhattan, Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in Queens. To RSVP for individual programs and to see a full schedule of events and locations, visit




Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture


Abdoulaye Diabaté
April 8
10:30–11:30 am Community Artist Workshop
11:30 am–12:30 pm Performance

Lauded Malian-born singer Abdoulaye Diabaté, dubbed the “African Troubadour,” is steeped in the jali (griot) tradition. With his passionate voice and overflowing energy, he sings traditional West African tales that recount histories, giving voice and remembering the culture in which he was raised.


The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra
April 15
10:30–11:30 am Community Artist Workshop
11:30 am–12:30 pm Performance

Join musicians and actors from The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra for a family-friendly exploration of the works and biographies of virtuoso Latina pianist Teresa Carreño and trail-blazing African-American composer William Grant Still. Through their musical and personal lives, both composers developed deep connections to other countries and cultures. Featuring works for solo piano and chamber orchestra, along with youth performers and live dramatic monologue. 


Carlos Henriquez Ensemble
April 22
10:30–11:30 am Community Artist Workshop
11:30 am–12:30 pm Performance

Bronx native and Jazz at Lincoln Center bassist/composer/arranger Carlos Henriquez introduces and explores the musical legacy of Tito Puente, the King of Latin Music.


Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education


Spirit Ensemble
Sunday, June 11
2:00–3:00 pm Community Artist Workshop
3:00–4:00 pm Performance

With a long and dynamic history, the Spirit Ensemble has established itself as the primary source for music that traverses the African Diaspora. The enchanting sounds of the mbira, kora, bala, steel pan, and bamboo flute comprise the essence of Spirit’s sound and provide the foundation for rhythmic travels.


Afro Yaqui Music Collective
Sunday, June 18
2:00–3:00 pm Community Artist Workshop
3:00–4:00 pm Performance

Bringing jazz, funk, and hip-hop into dialogue with indigenous music of the 21st century, the Afro Yaqui Music Collective (AYMC) is a nine-piece outfit that descends from West African, global Indigenous, and East Asian musical traditions. Co-led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez, a Mexican operatic vocalist of Yaqui descent and an internationally performing soprano and activist, and saxophonist and Fred Ho protégé Ben Barson, the band creates a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul.


Gino Sitson
Sunday, June 25
2:00–3:00 pm Community Artist Workshop
3:00–4:00 pm Performance

New York–based vocal virtuoso Gino Sitson is a French-American originally from the Bamileke region of Cameroon, Central Africa. The award-winning singer is a pioneer of a new generation of multiculturally influenced African musicians who are integrating their own unique experiences into their musical styles. Sitson’s daring musical project innovatively combines jazz, gospel, blues, and traditional African polyphonies, polyrhythms, and melodies. 


All performances are free and open to the public. Visit to RSVP. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.


The mission of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture is to serve the cultural needs of residents of the South Bronx who cannot easily attend arts events in midtown Manhattan. In so doing, the Hostos Center strives to create forums that affirm and nurture the cultural heritages of its audiences—especially Latinos and African Americans. Its patrons, however, come from all over the metropolitan area, making the center an arts institution of regional importance, enjoyed by diverse and discerning audiences. In its state-of-the-art facilities (a museum-grade art gallery and two theaters of 900 and 367 seats each) on the CUNY Hostos Community College campus, the Hostos Center presents visual and performing artists of renown, as well as local professional artists. More information is available at


Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is an 80-year-old South Bronx–based community arts and educational organization that presents diverse, contemporary, visual, and performing arts and education programming for all ages. Its mission is to empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high quality social, cultural, and educational opportunities. More information is available at


Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, LCE has four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation, and around the world. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides campus wide services and fundraising support for the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts.


For more information, visit


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call Accessibility at 212.875.5375. 


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Major support for Boro-Linc is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Generous support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Members James Van Bramer and I. Daneek Miller


Lead Corporate Support is provided by Time Warner


Additional corporate support is provided by DISNEY


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


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