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June 12, 2017

Lincoln Center Out of Doors kicks off July 26 with NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors kicks off July 26

with NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live


Rickie Lee Jones performs her classic album Pirates



Selections from the 150 greatest albums by women

with performances by Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Alynda Segarra, TORRES, Lizzo, and Gaby Moreno


Free outdoor summer festival runs July 26–August 13


NEW YORK (June 12, 2017) — Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, confirms the lineup of its collaboration with NPR Music for Turning the Tables Live, opening the festival July 26 at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. The evening is a celebration of women’s accomplishments as recording artists, producing some of the finest albums of our time. The performance’s opening will feature selections from a new popular music canon, with women at its center, performed by acclaimed musicians spanning generations: Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Alynda Segarra, TORRES, Lizzo, and Gaby Moreno. Rickie Lee Jones will then take the stage to perform her classic album, Pirates, in full.


The evening also marks the start of a multiplatform NPR Music project and the first of four collaborations with Lincoln Center. See below for full info on this inaugural event.


The 47th edition of the Out of Doors festival continues through August 13, filling the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world—all completely free and open to the public. Full programming for Lincoln Center Out of Doors available separately—see here for info.


NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live

Featuring performances by Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Alynda Segarra, TORRES, Lizzo, and Gaby Moreno, plus Rickie Lee Jones performing her album Pirates in full

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell


NPR Music and Lincoln Center Out of Doors join forces to kick off this year’s festival with Turning the Tables Live, an evening featuring some of music’s most talented women performing songs from NPR Music’s upcoming list of the 150 greatest albums created by women during the “classic album era” (defined roughly as 1964 to the present). The concert and list also mark the start of an upcoming, multiplatform NPR Music project, and the first of four Lincoln Center collaborations.


While women often get their due as important performers and trendsetters, to this day they are rarely credited for skills and vision in the recording studio. Turning the Tables sets out to examine what stories remain to be told about women realizing their visions through the album form, acting as pioneers of technology and musical virtuosity, and creating key listening experiences that have been treasured by listeners over multiple generations.


Once published, the list—compiled by a panel of contributors from NPR Music and the public radio system, and encompassing 150 albums with women at their center as artists, songwriters, musicians, and/or producers—will form the basis of monthly radio broadcasts and online features across the NPR system.


Related Event:

Panel Discussion
Shifting the Groove: Creators Discuss the New Canon of Women’s Recordings

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium




All events are FREE; no tickets required.


Events take place on Lincoln Center’s campus between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Subway: 1 to 66th Street–Lincoln Center OR the A, B, C, D, and 1 to 59th Street–Columbus Circle.


Visit for complete schedule


Performance locations:



West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues



Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets



144 West 65th Street



North of the Metropolitan Opera House, in front of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Theater, near West 65th Street



Main plaza of Lincoln Center, fronting Columbus Avenue, between 63rd and 64th Streets




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 for the Performing Arts (LCPA) 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, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, 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, 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. 


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts.


For more information, visit 


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.


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Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017 is made possible by Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.


Public support for Out of Doors 2017 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 of Lincoln Center


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Pepsi Zero Sugar


Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and


Family Weekend is supported by Disney


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Ricki Lee Jones
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Ronnie Spector
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