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January 11, 2019

February 2019 at Lincoln Center: Calendar of This Month's Events

Lincoln Center

February 2019

—LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS—

 

Calendar of This Month’s Performances and Events

 

20th American Songbook Season Continues with Performances by

Jose Llana, Rachael & Vilray, Nancy And Beth, St. Vincent, Jenifer Lewis, Desmond Child, Gaby Moreno and Son Lux in The Appel Room

 

Great Performers Presents Free Concert by U.K.-based Navarra String Quartet at the David Rubenstein Atrium

 

LC Kids Presents Soundtrack ’63

 

Additional Free Events in David Rubenstein Atrium Include Atrium 360° Series and

New York Philharmonic’s Insights

 

 

Friday, February 1 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Jose Llana

Two decades since the teenaged Jose Llana made his Broadway debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 revival of The King and I, the classically trained tenor has retained his boyish charm and “youthful bravado” (New York Times), now enhanced with the gravitas of a seasoned star. His standout performance as Ferdinand Marcos in the 2013 David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, earned Llana a host of rave reviews, along with a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. As a recording artist, the “charismatic and then some” singer (Showbiz411.com) has released two solo albums, Altitude and Jose—both best sellers in his native Philippines—and been featured on numerous cast albums. In 2015 Llana returned to his Broadway roots, taking over the role of the King of Siam in Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award–winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater and its subsequent touring production. Four years after his sold-out American Songbook debut in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, the “strapping lead” (Time Out New York) makes his much-anticipated return to the series with a captivating performance in The Appel Room.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $75 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org.

 

Saturday, February 2 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Rachael & Vilray

Incandescent singer Rachael Price and virtuosic whistler, guitarist, and singer Vilray met at New England Conservatory in the early 2000s. In the years since, the Brooklyn-based duo has forged a unique sound that recalls the close harmonies and down-home intimacy of live radio in the 1930s and ’40s. With a mix of standards and originals, Rachael & Vilray have performed at venues around New York City and beyond, recently appearing at the 2018 Newport Folk Festival. In between their individual gigs—Vilray as a touring solo musician who recently opened for The Gipsy Kings, and Price as frontwoman of the soul-rock band Lake Street Dive—these two busy musicians have carved out space for this special project and its warm, simple arrangements that put the spotlight on their musicality and the old-fashioned art of a well-crafted song.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $75 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org.

 

Sunday, February 3 at 11:00 am

Great Performers

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Van Kuijk Quartet

Triple winners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (including first place overall), these four young French performers bring their high-spirited “blend of flashiness and warmth” (AllMusic.com) to one of the pillars of the chamber-music repertoire: Schubert's dark and dramatic “Death and the Maiden” quartet.

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street

TICKETS start at $22 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers.

 

Thursday, February 7 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Great Performers

Navarra String Quartet

The U.K.-based ensemble praised for its “compelling performances” (BBC Music Magazine) plays Ravel’s rhapsodic String Quartet in F major and the ethereal music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks at this free, hour-long concert.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers.

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Great Performers

Accademia Bizantina

The formidable Italian period-instrument ensemble brings Mozart and Haydn rarities “magically and vibrantly alive" (Guardian, U.K.) with its signature blend of intelligence and flair. As ensemble leader and soloist, “brilliant violinist” Giuliano Carmignola (New York Times) buoys historical performance precision with exuberant Italian expressivity to make these works shine anew.

Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street

TICKETS start at $45 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers.

 

Wednesday, February 13 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Nancy And Beth

Starring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt

When Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt first met, the Earth inhaled sharply. Reality expanded and shuddered with delight. The local tree frogs stoppered their raucous ditty and have nary been heard from since. That blessed day saw the voluptuous becoming of self-described “punk-showbiz” band Nancy And Beth, the most magnificent duo to ever lay lung to a blues chord. A brace of bounty in the form of two young girls who are exactly the same age, Mullally (the scene-stealing Karen in Will & Grace) and Hunt (Friday Night Lights and Californication) have been hailed as “musical misfits” (NPR) and “as sharp as any revivalist act going today” (Los Angeles Times). Together with their band of mystics, jazz pastors, and Austin, Texas, Wild West tea-heads, Nancy And Beth tackle everything from Tin Pan Alley standards to George Jones country and Gucci Mane, with all songs choreographed by Mullally, who studied at the School of American Ballet and has performed in several Broadway musicals. Following the success of their self-titled debut album and two national tours—which included stops at the Newport Folk Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, and Café Carlyle—Nancy And Beth will gamely endeavor to meet, and even exceed, your entertainment quota via harmonies in song, hypnotic dancing, and spoken pleasantries on the jewel-like stage of The Appel Room.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $55 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org.

 

Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 pm

Atrium 360°

Tcheka

Part of a growing group of post-colonial Cape Verdean artists reclaiming traditional musical styles, singer and guitarist Tcheka is building a distinctly 21st-century catalog of songs influenced by batuku and other indigenous genres, Brazilian music, Afropop, jazz, blues, and rock.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

 

Thursday, February 14 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

St. Vincent

Since her emergence in 2007, Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, has consistently expanded and solidified her profile as one of the most beguiling and enigmatic presences in modern music. The Grammy Award–winning “smartest indie-rock star of her generation” (Rolling Stone) has achieved critical and commercial success, with albums topping the U.S. and U.K. Top 10 charts, and inclusion on year-end best lists by the New York Times and the Guardian. In the years since her 2012 American Songbook performance in The Allen Room—which included David Byrne as a guest artist—she and Byrne recorded the groundbreaking collaborative album Love This Giant, her 2014 album St. Vincent won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album, and 2017’s Masseduction solidified her stature in the alt-rock stratosphere. For this season of American Songbook, St. Vincent will bring her new album, MassEducation—which features piano and vocal-only versions of songs from Masseduction—to life, accompanied by pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman). Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of music’s most outsized personalities in the intimacy of The Appel Room.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS: All available seats are currently sold out. Additional seats may be released closer to the performance date. To inquire about any available tickets, please call CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visit AmericanSongbook.org.

 

Friday, February 15 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis’s current role as Dre’s outspoken mom Ruby Johnson on the Emmy-nominated series Black-ish is only the latest in a long line of standout performances by the multitalented singer, actress, and activist. Her previous credits include notable roles in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, The Preacher’s Wife, and Madea’s Family Reunion, television’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Broadway’s Hairspray, among others. As a singer, she has raised the roof as a solo artist in more than 200 concerts around the world. Using the power of her platform to speak out about social, political, and mental health issues, Lewis recently published an honest and poignant memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, about her personal journey to stardom, and she continues to connect with audiences old and new through her vibrant social media presence. This rare, intimate engagement in The Appel Room offers audiences a direct line into Lewis’s unvarnished, straight-talking artistry.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS are available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org.

 

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm

¡VAYA! 63

New Swing Sextet

Opening set by DJ Bongohead

Emerging from the excitement and turbulence of 1960s New York City, the New Swing Sextet has been a popular and innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for over five decades. After professionally debuting at the last New York World’s Fair, the band went on to have a long history of making music on the streets of New York. These true old-school pioneers of music and Grammy nominees are now celebrating a landmark anniversary with the release of their new album, Lo Que Te Traigo. Join them as they bring their classic Latin New York sound to the Atrium for an evening of infectious salsa rhythms and nonstop dancing.

Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

 

Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Desmond Child

Since his days performing in Desmond Child and Rouge in 1970s New York City, singer-songwriter Desmond Child has achieved legendary music-world status as a multi-platinum hitmaker. His songwriting credits read like a five-decade history of pop and rock music, including everything from Kiss’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” Cher’s “We All Sleep Alone,” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” with over a hundred songs—including more than eighty Top 40 hits across virtually every genre in recorded music—along the way. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and cofounder, along with fellow Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez, of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, Child recently joined the ranks of fellow musical innovators Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Carly Simon, and others when he received an ASCAP Founders Award for his “exceptional contributions to music.” As a member of ASCAP’s board, he is also an outspoken advocate for musicians and songwriters in the age of streaming music services. Stepping out from behind the scenes, Child takes the stage at The Appel Room for an evening of soulful interpretations that lend new depth and dimension to songs you think you know.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $40 and available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org

 

Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 pm

American Songbook

An Evening with Christine Ebersole

Christine Ebersole has enchanted audiences for decades with award-winning performances on screen and on stage, in live concerts, and on myriad solo and cast recordings. While early successes in film and television showcased her “multitudes” as a comedian, actress, and singer (New York Times), Ebersole’s more recent stage performances—including her Tony Award–winning dual role in Grey Gardens—have solidified her standing as Broadway royalty. Rave reviews for her performance as Elizabeth Arden in 2017’s hit musical War Paint reveal that this “enduringly vital” talent (New York Times)—and our love for her—is here to stay. For this very special engagement in Alice Tully Hall, Ebersole’s signature wit and “fervent, radiant soprano” are guaranteed to surprise and delight our Songbook audience.

Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street

TICKETS start at $55 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org

 

Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00 pm

Great Performers

Russian National Orchestra

A thrilling champion of the classic Russian repertoire, the Russian National Orchestra shines on this all-Rachmaninoff program. Kirill Karabits, who began his conducting career with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the tutelage of Iván Fischer, leads from the podium with masterful pianist Mikhail Pletnev joining as the soloist for the darkly virtuosic Second Piano Concerto. The evening concludes with the driving rhythms and high drama of the Symphonic Dances.

David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza

TICKETS start at $35 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers

 

Thursday, February 21 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

American Songbook

Vuyo Sotashe

Singer and songwriter Vuyo Sotashe is becoming an integral part of New York City’s jazz scene. After moving here in 2013, the young South African artist has quickly made his mark, earning a Fulbright Scholarship and finalist positions in several international competitions, while also collaborating with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas, Elio Villafranca, Duchess, and the cabaret persona Jomama Jones, to name a few. Sotashe now adds American Songbook to his list of high-profile gigs with this free performance in the David Rubenstein Atrium. Catch this rising international jazz star while you can.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

 

Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm

LC Kids

Soundtrack ’63

From the folk and gospel-influenced songs that reflect the ideals of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement to the hip-hop anthems recognizing that Black Lives Matter, music has always supported and strengthened outcries for social justice. Created by the brilliant minds of Soul Science Lab, Soundtrack '63 is a live, multimedia musical performance that traces the African American experience from before the Middle Passage to the present Black Lives Matter movement. Archival video footage, animation, and narration are combined with a live soundtrack of spirituals, protest songs, and popular music performed by an 11-piece orchestra and dynamic vocal ensemble.

Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor

TICKETS start at $25 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/Kids

 

Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am

Great Performers

Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Verona Quartet

The “outstanding” Verona Quartet (New York Times) opens its Sunday morning recital with Mozart’s final string quartet, a sunny work filled with delights, before exploring the constantly shifting colors and shadows of Janácek’s lovelorn masterpiece, String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”).

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street

TICKETS start at $22 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers.

 

Tuesday, February 26 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Insights at the Atrium

A Conversation with Herbert Blomstedt

New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda engages conductor Herbert Blomstedt in a conversation about the highlights of his career, spanning more than 60 years. Discover the convictions and ethos of one of the most estimable artists of our time ahead of his concerts featuring masterworks by Grieg and Dvorák.

Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium

 

Wednesday, February 27 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Gaby Moreno

With a mesmerizing mix of Americana, soul, blues, and folk—what she has called “Spanglish folk-soul”— Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno navigates troubled waters with “hauntingly beautiful” (NPR) bilingual anthems about love, loss, and the immigrant experience. Starting with her 2009 debut album, Still the Unknown, Moreno has garnered comparisons to Édith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin. Following a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2013 and the crossover success of her Grammy-nominated 2016 album Ilusión, Moreno teamed up with arranger-producer Van Dyke Parks on a passionate and timely cover of David Rudder’s single “The Immigrants,” released in July 2018 in response to events taking place at the U.S.–Mexico border. An audience favorite at Lincoln Center Out of Doors for three years running, the multilingual, multitalented Moreno celebrates her American Songbook debut with songs from her extensive catalog as well as sneak peeks from her soon-to-be released next album.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $40 and available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org

 

Thursday, February 28 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Atrium 360°

Tariq Al-Sabir's #UNWANTED

Deemed a “rising musical mastermind" by the Baltimore Examiner, composer and vocalist Tariq Al-Sabir presents selections from his multimedia, genre-bending song cycle #UNWANTED at the Atrium. Written for a unique, ten-piece ensemble that includes voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, synthesizer, and electronics, this poignant piece centers on Black people’s navigation through social media and access to technology. It examines several ways in which prejudices, phobias, racisms, and more transform themselves to exist online, and explores what it means to create and find a virtual community and home. Al-Sabir, who has premiered and performed commissioned works at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, National Sawdust, and MoMA, explores what it means to create and find a virtual community as the cycle communicates in real time with film. Video direction by Monique Muse Dodd.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium

 

Thursday, February 28 at 8:30 pm

American Songbook

Son Lux

When composer, keyboardist, and vocalist Ryan Lott—who founded Son Lux in 2008—invited percussionist Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia to join his solo project, the band became much more than the sum of its parts. The trio announced its new sound with the release of the 2015 album Bones, an experimental soundtrack that posed universal questions about living in a complex world. In early 2018 they followed it up with the deeply personal Brighter Wounds, building on their “avant-pop” foundation “with gorgeous instrumental bursts that lift Lott’s vocals to a desperate breaking point” (Pitchfork) in an intimate examination of what it means to be human. Fresh off an extensive European tour, Son Lux brings their deeply personal set to The Appel Room for an evening of warm reflections on love and loss and a thoughtful mixture of fear and optimism about our individual and shared futures.

The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.

TICKETS start at $35 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting AmericanSongbook.org.

 

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American Songbook Lead Support provided by PGIM, the global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc.

 

Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by: Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 

Endowment support provided by Bank of America.

 

Support for Great Performers is provided by: Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 

Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund.

Endowment support is also provided by UBS.

 

Public Support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Major support for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is provided by David Rubenstein.

 

Generous endowment support is provided by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Oak Foundation.

 

LC Kids is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian.

 

Support for LC Kids programs and events is provided by Disney, with additional endowment support provided by The Walt Disney Company.

 

Generous support is also provided by Barbara and James Block, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Joseph Bae and Janice Lee, Anna Nikolayevsky, Amanda and John Waldron, Julian Robertson, and Joseph M. Cohen.

 

Major support for LC Kids Artists at the Atrium is provided by Betty and John Levin.

 

Free programming is made possible by our NextGen supporters Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, Hearst, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hess, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe, Stephen M. Ross, James Dinan and Elizabeth Miller, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Robert and Gillian Steel, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Cheryl and Blair Effron, Meg and Bennett Goodman, Cheryl and Philip Milstein, and
Hon. Stephen C. Robinson.

 

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center.

 

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.

 

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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 a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, 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 more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 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.

 

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