Press Release

September 15, 2015

Inaugural Lincoln Center Global Exchange Evening Performance to be Live Streamed on September 18

Lincoln Center News




Performances by Youssou N’Dour, Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta de Camara de la Sinfónica Nacional Infantil de Venezuela, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Akram Khan Company, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, Jessica Lang Dance, artists from The Juilliard School, David Broza and the

Polyphony Quartet, and the Charleston-based Lowcountry Voices to celebrate the inaugural

convening of international leaders in education, government, business, science,

media, and the arts.


NEW YORK, NY (September 15, 2015) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced the program for an evening of live performances that will close the inaugural Lincoln Center Global Exchange, the first annual convening of 250 international thought leaders and change agents from business, government, education, media, science and the arts to take place on Lincoln Center’s campus in New York City on September 18. The day-long summit will explore how art and culture can be even more effective in fostering healthy citizens, vibrant cities and strong communities worldwide, and will culminate with an evening of performance in which some of the world’s greatest contemporary artists—actors, choreographers, dancers, musicians—invite us all to join them on an exceptional journey. Curated by Sir Jonathan Mills, the evening performance will be streamed live for the public from Alice Tully Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST at, as well as on the respective websites of Founding Sponsor First Republic Bank, and partners The Atlantic and WNET.


The Global Exchange — taking place just before the opening of the United Nations General Assembly — is an initiative that seeks to advance the relevance and centrality of art, across sectors and geographies, and inspire investment in culture worldwide. Countries represented in the evening program include Bosnia, Brazil, Britain, China, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Réunion Island, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, and Venezuela, as well as from the United States.


Performing for the first time in New York City since the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of this year, is North Charleston-based choir Lowcountry Voices. The group lent their voices to the healing effort immediately following the shooting in the nationally televised memorial service, during which President Obama delivered a moving eulogy. The tragedy remains a reminder of the awful and ubiquitous character of racial hatred, and the group’s presence at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange stands as a testament to the resilience of creativity in the face of violence. Lowcountry Voices’ Minister of Music, Wayne Singleton, and choir member Dr. Timothy D. Brown, both performing with Lowcountry Voices at Lincoln Center, knew all of the victims and participated in the music ministry at the funeral services for all nine.


Also included in the program is renowned Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, as well as conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who, along with the Orquesta de Camara de la Sinfónica Nacional Infantil de Venezuela, will perform one of Wagner’s most personal compositions, Siegfried Idyll, a tone poem for chamber ensemble, written by the composer as a gift to his wife, Cosima, on the occasion of the birth of his son Siegfried in 1869. Both ensembles exemplify the role the arts play in strengthening communities and fostering understanding.


Israeli singer-songwriter and activist David Broza will also join the evening, alongside members of the Nazareth-based Polyphony Quartet, who use popular and classical music traditions to help bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. Over the past four decades, Broza has come to international prominence for his music’s rich mixture of melodies, histories and lyrics, sung in Hebrew, English, and Spanish. In addition, the evening will feature work from three Olympic Games Opening Ceremony choreographers Shen Wei (Beijing 2008), Akram Khan Company (London 2012) and Deborah Colker (Rio de Janeiro 2016). Tony Award-winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson will read from American classics by August Wilson, drawing on Wilson’s muscular language, particularly in his celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle of ten plays, which lay bare the fault lines in American urban landscapes. Finally, students and prominent alumni from The Juilliard School will bring to life works by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, and Mozart. South African baritone Thesele Kemane will join Chinese soprano Ying Fang for the opening duet of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.


The arts offer a rare space in which to contemplate the monumental challenges of humankind,” said Sir Jonathan Mills, Artistic Curator of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange. “We are proud to bring together some of the world’s greatest artists to treat our participants and the public to an exceptional journey, by turns hilarious and heroic, subtle and stirring, tragic and triumphant.”


Performances will be streamed live at,,, and WNET’s, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST.


Program is subject to change.


First Republic Bank is the Founding Sponsor of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange.


Fosun Foundation is the Premier Partner.


Additional supporters include: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Inter-American Development Bank, American Express Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.


In the category of Knowledge Partners, the Global Exchange is grateful for the support of: American Academy of Arts & Sciences, The Atlantic, McKinsey & Company, The Juilliard School, New York City Global Partners, The Rockefeller University, and Rubenstein Communications.


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 Lincoln Center at the Movies and 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: 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. For more information:



Adam Pockriss

Rubenstein Communications

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Eileen McMahon

Sr. Director, Publicity and Publications

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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