Press Release

April 02, 2013

Sesame Street Visits Lincoln Center This April

Date: April 2, 2013

Contact: Eileen McMahon, 212.875.5391

emcmahon@lincolncenter.org



SESAME STREET VISITS LINCOLN CENTER

DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL


Murray Monster and Ovejita dance with ballerinas from New York City Ballet, play Mozart with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and musicians from The Juilliard School, and sing an aria with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard.


In April, the iconic children’s television series Sesame Street –broadcast in more than 150 countries and seen by over 120 million international viewers—will visit another icon, Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts center, on its popular “People in Your Neighborhood” segment. Inspired by the classic Sesame Street song “The People in Your Neighborhood,” Murray Monster goes on location to interview real people about their jobs. The Lincoln Center segments will showcase the New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera. Sesame Street airs regularly on PBS (check local listings), and the first Lincoln Center segment, “People in Your Neighborhood: Ballet Dancer,” airs April 4th. Each segment will also be accessible on Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel in advance of its air date.


“Lincoln Center is the premiere name in arts and arts education and coincidently a hop, skip, and a jump from our corporate offices,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, Executive Producer of Sesame Street. “We are thrilled to introduce the world-renowned talent that is synonymous with Lincoln Center to our Sesame Street audience.”


The first segment in the series is available on YouTube April 2 and airs on the program April 4. In it, Murray Monster and Ovejita join four New York City Ballet dancers in the studio to learn about ballerinas. Dancers Kristen Segin, Alina Dronova, Callie Bachman, and Sara Adams explain how dancers use their bodies to tell a story and illustrate terms like “barre” and “plié.” Then, Murray and Ovejita put on tutus and dance an excerpt from Peter Martins’ full-length staging of Swan Lake with the ballerinas.


> Watch the first segment in the series


In the second segment, available on YouTube April 9 and on the episode April 11, viewers will meet New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert to find out just what a conductor really does. In this segment, Ovejita plays timpani while Gilbert conducts Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik with student musicians from The Juilliard School. Gilbert, who began his tenure in 2009 as the first New York native to hold the position of Music Director, first heard the Mozart work on Sesame Street when he was a child.


> Watch the second segment in the series


The final segment, on YouTube April 23 and on the program April 25 features Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Ms. Leonard will show how opera singers tell stories through vocal music and give a demonstration of a funny vocal exercise. Murray gets to sing his own vocal line when he joins Isabel in Rosina’s aria from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, a role Ms. Leonard recently performed at the Met. She next appears on the Met stage in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites in May.


> Watch the third segment in the series.


ABOUT LINCOLN CENTER

Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center, hosting some five million visitors annually. Located on 16.3 acres in New York City, it is home to 11 Resident Organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The 11 organizations are: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and The School of American Ballet .


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Sesame Street, People in Your Neighborhood
Caption: Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" spotlights Lincoln Center in three segments airing April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
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Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the NY Philharmonic with Sesame...
Caption: Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the NY Philharmonic in Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" segment, which spotlights Lincoln Center in three segments airing April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the NY Philharmonic with Alan...
Caption: Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" which spotlights Lincoln Center in three segments airing April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the NY Philharmonic with Alan...
Caption: Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" which spotlights Lincoln Center in three segments airing April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
New York City Ballet dancers Alina Dronova, Callie Bachman, Sara...
Caption: New York City Ballet dancers Alina Dronova, Callie Bachman, Sara Adams and Kristen Segin in Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" segment which will air in April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
New York City Ballet dancer Sara Adams with Sesame Street, People...
Caption: New York City Ballet dancer Sara Adams in Sesame Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" segment which will air in April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard with Sesame Street...
Caption: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in Sesame Street's "People In Your Neigborhood" which will air in April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500
Isabel Leonard
Caption: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in Sesame Street's "People In Your Neigborhood" which will air in April 2013.
Photo Credit: © 2012 Richard Termine
Size: 2100x1500

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