Press Release

April 08, 2016

The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, Saturday, July 30 to Highlight This Summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

 Press Contact: Marian Skokan

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Curated by Laurie Anderson and Hal Willner, Celebration Includes Concerts, Films,

Sound Installation, Readings, and Other Events Across Lincoln Center’s Campus Culminating in

Damrosch Park Concert and screening of the film Berlin directed by Julian Schnabel

 All Free and Open to the Public


NEW YORK, NY (April 8, 2016)— Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York City’s longest-running, free, outdoor summer festival, will celebrate the work and legacy of legendary musician and consummate New Yorker Lou Reed with a full day of free events on Saturday, July 30, encompassing a wide range of his interests and creative output. The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed is named for Reed’s iconic song “The Bells.”


Curated by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and longtime producer Hal Willner, the day begins in the morning with group Tai Chi led by Reed’s teacher Master Ren Guangyi that is open to all (beginners welcome) on Josie Robertson Plaza and culminates in Damrosch Park with Lou Reed’s Love Songs, an evening concert featuring performances by a raft of artists across a range of music genres.  The concert will be followed by a screening in the park of Julian Schnabel’s acclaimed 2008 film Berlin which captured Reed’s live, 2006 concert performances of the 1976 album of the same name.


In between is a wide array of events, including:


        A sound installation Lou Reed: Drones created from six of Reed’s guitars and amps in a feedback loop to produce an

        immersive sound environment


        Screenings of films and documentaries at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center


        A demonstration by Tai Chi Master Ren Guangyi, to include his martial arts students


        Readings from Reed’s collected lyrics by notable actors and artists


        Afternoon musical performances  


        All-day marathon playing of Reed’s recordings


More information about participating artists, venues, event starting times, and other details will be announced at a later date.  Watch for the May 4 announcement of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors schedule, featuring concerts and events from July 20?August 13. Visit


Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson frequently attended Lincoln Center events and also performed here—separately and together—on several occasions.  In November 2013, the only public event marking Lou Reed’s death—organized by family and friends—took place outdoors on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza.  There was no ceremony.  No speeches.  Just Reed’s music—selections of recordings spanning the last 45 years, from his Velvet Underground years, to his solo career—playing on loudspeakers for a gathering of several hundred people, alerted by a posting on his Facebook page.  It was, as reported in the New Yorker, a “public memorial that celebrated Reed by filling the whole complex with his music, like church bells ringing in a town square.”


Now, for “The Bells,” musical collaborators and other artists gather to give voice to the singular legacy of the rock musician, cofounder with Andy Warhol of The Velvet Underground, progenitor of glam, punk, indie, new wave, and noise rock, poet, and activist who left an indelible mark on the music of the past 50 years and on the city that he called home.




Support is provided by Disney, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.


Public support for Out of Doors 2016 is provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.


Endowment support is provided by PepsiCo Foundation.


Additional endowment support provided by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation.


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital & Wellness Partner of Lincoln Center


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi


Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and





Inaugurated in 1971, Lincoln Center Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (cofounded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Over its 45-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues, and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual “La Casita” project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Chinese American Arts Council. The festival is produced by Jill Sternheimer.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which 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 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, 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 40 years 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, 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, visit


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