Press Release

January 13, 2015

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Expands to All Five Boroughs, Starts January 24

Lincoln Center News

January 13, 2015

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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January–June 2015


Lincoln Center Community Outreach Program Expands to

All Five New York City Boroughs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Lincoln Center is expanding its Lincoln Center Local series, offering free screenings of world-class performances to library branches around New York City’s five boroughs. The Lincoln Cente­­r Local: Free Screenings series, running from January to June 2015, is part of a pilot program run by Lincoln Center Education, and expands upon last year’s Lincoln Center Local HD series. The 2015 Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings offers digital streams of programs from Lincoln Center’s growing digital content collection from recent performances, including programs from the Emmy Award-winning series Live From Lincoln Center. There will be more than 30 events this year; additional events will be announced at a later date. Of these events, ten are “featured” screening events, which include discussions with guest artists and speakers following the showing. Each screening events offers content from a diverse range of past performances at Lincoln Center, coming from several organizations and series including exclusive viewings of performances from Lincoln Center Out of Doors, American Songbook, Lincoln Center Theater, and the New York Philharmonic.


Lincoln Center Local was launched in 2012 to bring Lincoln Center’s varied and rich programming options to communities beyond the performing arts center’s campus in Manhattan, part of Lincoln Center Education’s mission to bring high quality resources to new and underserved audiences and communities. Lincoln Center is expanding the Free Screenings series beyond Brooklyn and Queens, where it was presented last year, to library branches across the city. Participating library branches are granted online access to content via new software created by Lincoln Center made specifically for streaming HD quality video. Library staff also receives support and training on how to use the new technology, host a screening event, create complementary live programming, and develop audience engagement strategies.


Said Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education: “We’re excited to expand our Lincoln Center Local series to all corners of New York City. Lincoln Center is committed to not just presenting the best possible art, we’re committed to making it accessible to everyone. With new technology and our ongoing partnerships with New York City’s library systems, we can realize this vision, and develop relationships with new audiences and neighborhoods around our great city.”


The schedule for “featured” event programs and locations follows below. Some guests/speakers are listed and more will be announced at a later date:

January 24, 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch

Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture

A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger

Peter and Toshi Seeger’s legacies run deep: from transforming the way we listen to our American roots to demanding social justice and successfully advocating for grassroots environmental change. Organized by their grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, an all-star line-up of family and friends pays tribute to these leaders in folk music and activism. Featuring performances by Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Martha Redbone, Tom Chapin & The Chapin Sisters, Dar Williams & Dan Zanes, and speakers including Harry Belafonte and more. Taped at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, July 2014, as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors. This event also marks the one year anniversary of Peter Seeger’s death. A moderated panel will discuss Seeger’s legacy after the screening including Kitama Cahill-Jackson, Seeger’s grandson and organizer of the Memorial Concert, and Dan Zanes, award-winning children’s performer and folk-rock musician, who performs in the screening.


February 9, 6:30 p.m.

Queens Public Library, Flushing Library, Queens

Red Hot and FELA LIVE!

The defiant spirit and groove-heavy music of Nigerian firebrand Fela Anikulapo Kuti lives on as Afrobeat icon and Fela’s master drummer Tony Allen teams up with the cinematic dance rockers of Superhuman Happiness and stars of the next generation of Afrofuturist innovators. Scheduled speakers include: Sahr, originator of the role of Fela in Fela On Broadway and Stuart Bogie, founder of the band Superhuman Happiness, both featured performers in the screening.


March 5, 6:30 p.m.

New York Public Library, Jefferson Market, Manhattan

Kristen Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway . . . All of ‘Em!!!!

Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” “Glee,” “Pushing Daisies”) has made her mark on stage and screen. In this concert for Lincoln Center, she offers a fond salute to the great ladies and show-stopping scene stealers of Broadway, creating a night at once intimate and filled with “Broadway razzle dazzle.” Taped in February 2013 as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.


March 7, 2:30 p.m.

New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center, Bronx 

Villalobos Brothers

Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicatingly virtuosic musical brew that that will redefine your notions of Latin song. Born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico, the brothers took up the violin as children and eventually moved on to specialize in classical violin and composition, developing their own style called “fast-chatting violin.”


April 2, 6:30 p.m.

New York Public Library, Jefferson Market, Manhattan

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge: Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece returns to life in a bold new performance by the New York Philharmonic starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. Classics including “Johanna,” “Worst Pies in London,” “By The Sea,” and more take center stage.


April 11, 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch

Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture

The Nance

Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a comedian of the 1930s who plays a gay man for laughs—at least on stage. With a touching love story at its core, Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque.


April 18, 2:00 p.m.

New York Public Library, Richmondtown, Staten Island 

Heritage Blues Trio

When not performing with their nine-member, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack moonlight as the intimate Heritage Blues Trio. Just as the blues is full of joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.


May 9, 2:30 p.m.

New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center, Bronx

Red Hot and FELA LIVE!

The defiant spirit and groove-heavy music of Nigerian firebrand Fela Anikulapo Kuti lives on as Afrobeat icon and Fela’s master drummer Tony Allen teams up with the cinematic dance rockers of Superhuman Happiness and stars of the next generation of Afrofuturist innovators.


May 16, 2:00 p.m.

New York Public Library, Richmondtown, Staten Island 

Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration

Rob Fisher's lively tribute to the music and musicals created by John Kander and Fred Ebb stars Broadway’s Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, and two of Kander & Ebb's best-known collaborators, Chita Rivera and Joel Grey. From Cabaret to Chicago to Kiss of the Spider Woman, Kander and Ebb's work sparkles with wit even as it channels the deepest, sometimes darkest, reaches of the human heart.


June 8, 6:30 p.m.

Queens Public Library, Flushing Library, Queens

James Naughton: The Songs of Randy Newman

A Tony winner for performances in City of Angels and Chicago, theater, film, and television star James Naughton rose to fame on stage and went on to star in films such as The Paper Chase and The First Wives Club, and  was most recently seen on the television show Hostages. The seasoned entertainer presents an evening of cherished songs by Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winner Randy Newman, whose pop songs and film scores have delighted for decades.


Additional events in each of the five boroughs can be found here:


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Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center


William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center



About Lincoln Center Education

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, LCE has nearly 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.


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, 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’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The 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, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. For more information, visit or


The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at


As an independent system, separate from the New York City and Queens libraries, Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough's 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free Internet-accessible computers.


Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich your life®



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