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June 26, 2015

Lincoln Center Local Summer 2015 Free Live Concerts Announced

Community and Education

Contact: Eric Gewirtz


[email protected]





Series Continues Partnership with Queens Library Offering Free Events

At Neighborhood Libraries Throughout August


NEW YORK, NY (June 26, 2015) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Education continue the popular, free summer community concert series, Lincoln Center Local, with eight live events in libraries throughout Queens this August. The series continues Lincoln Center’s commitment to bring exceptional arts and artists to new audiences and into the community. Lincoln Center also furthers its partnership with the Queens Library for the fourth-straight year, bringing events to four neighborhood library locations around the borough. This summer’s free programs encompass a wide range of eclectic musical styles and traditions, some with a unique fusion of world cultures. Each presentation is an hour long and is offered twice on a given Saturday at a particular Queens Library branch.


This summer’s Lincoln Center Local lineup details:

Saturday, August 1, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Nation Beat: Carnival Caravan Featuring Cha Wa

Queens Library at Flushing

41-17 Main Street

Flushing, NY

Carnival Caravan is a vibrant intercultural collaboration featuring Brazilian-American group Nation Beat and New Orleans band Cha Wa. Their goal is to incorporate Brazilian, New Orleans, and related music, dance, and art into a show that explores the common ground and cultural exchange between North and South America.


Saturday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Zikrayat: Cairo Nights

Queens Library at Broadway

40-20 Broadway

Long Island City, NY

In the mid-20th century, Cairo had a rich nightclub scene where top musicians and dancers from across the Arab world came to perform, often launching careers into Egypt’s film industry. Zikrayat will present a set evoking the atmosphere of that period, including a mix of fun and quirky belly dance numbers from the “Golden Age” of Egyptian cinema, introspective and ecstatic classical tarab music, and upbeat, popular shaabi songs. Led by Arab violinist, vocalist, composer, and teacher Sami Abu Shumays and Egyptian-style dancer Robin “Dameshe” Shumays, Zikrayat also features a talented line-up of performers from diverse backgrounds brought together by their devotion to these rich art forms.


Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Eva Salina: Jewish and Romani Journeys

Queens Library of Forest Hills

108-19 71 Avenue

Forest Hills, NY

Stemming from a mutual love and respect for traditional cultures, Eva Salina and her ensemble explore the complexity and beauty of “being different” as expressed through the Balkan Romani and Jewish musical traditions of Southeastern Europe, which can be heard throughout the region and the world. Together with her ensemble, Eva embraces and celebrates important artists from these cultures and shares personal stories about identity, passion, and the search for belonging.


Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Heritage Blues Orchestra – The Trio: Exploring African-American Folk Music

Queens Library at Ridgewood

20-12 Madison Street

Ridgewood, NY

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 an intimate trio. Just as the blues is full of both joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.


In addition to the live performances, attendees can enter to win a special Lincoln Center package prize including dinner for two at Lincoln Ristorante and two tickets to a future White Light Festival performance at Lincoln Center. A winner will be drawn at the last performance on August 22.


Artists, dates, and locations subject to change. Special seating policy at double sets may apply. Due to varying seating capacities at each location all seating is first-come, first-served.


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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 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 offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: The 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, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information: or


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.


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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Lincoln Center Local 2015 is made possible by support from Disney, United Airlines, and Resorts World Casino New York City.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center 


WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center



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