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June 24, 2014

Lincoln Center Local Live 2014: Free Performances in Queens and Brooklyn through September

Lincoln Center News

Date: June 24, 2014
Press Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


[email protected]





Lincoln Center Local partners with Queens Library for a third year, and for the first time with Brooklyn Public Library, to bring world-class, FREE live programming to communities

 this July, August, and September


In the hot summer months ahead, cool programming presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Education will refresh family audiences in Brooklyn and Queens with Lincoln Center Local Live, a partnership with Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. These one-hour programs will bring free music, dance and theater to select community libraries in July, August and September. Developed from the Lincoln Center’s popular Meet the Artist series, Lincoln Center Local programs include question and answer sessions with the performers to engage audiences more fully in the performance experience.


Fourteen different programs, ranging in style from American musical to flamenco to gospel to opera, will be coming to 14 Brooklyn and Queens community libraries this summer, beginning on July 12 and continuing through September 20, 2014.  The Lincoln Center Local live performances include Caïn et les Cadiens, Elementos de Flamenco, Choban Elektrik, Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band, Fiesta Flamenca, Hammerstep + DEORO, Harlem Gospel Choir, Interweaving, Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration, Sasha Papernik, O Sole Trio, the Villalobos Brothers, and Zikrayat.



The programs, chosen from a list of 36 possible presentations, were selected by library patrons and the general public from over 10,000 submitted ballots. Each hosting library had a ballot complete with performance descriptions, and images. Ballot links were posted on the library and Lincoln Center websites, and available in paper format at local libraries.


The show that garnered the most votes — the Villalobos Brotherswill have a free encore presentation on Saturday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Queens Library cardholders may enter a raffle at each Lincoln Center Local Live show in Queens to win guaranteed entry and a round-trip MetroCard to this special presentation. Winners will be contacted after the September 20 Lincoln Center Local performance.


The encore presentation will be live-streamed to 18 Queens Community and Brooklyn Public Library venues. These viewing parties give community members, unable to make the Lincoln Center performance, an opportunity to be part of the experience. Encore presentation live stream viewing parties will be held in Queens at Queens Central Library; Bayside Library; Broadway Library; Cambria Heights Library; Far Rockaway Library; Flushing Library; Forest Hills Library; Fresh Meadows Library; Langston Hughes Library; Lefferts Library; Ridgewood Library; Rochdale Village Library; and Sunnyside Library. In Brooklyn, the encore presentation live stream viewing parties will be held at Kensington Library; Greenpoint Library; Macon Library; Brooklyn Central Library;  and New Utrecht Library.


For more information about Lincoln Center Local Live, please visit


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.



Lincoln Center Local — Brooklyn and Queens 2014



Saturday, July 12 at 3:00

Elementos de Flamenco

Central Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard

Jamaica, NY

In flamenco dance, both women and men use different props or tools to tell their stories, including shawls, fans, canes, hats, and capes.  Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana use the style’s powerful movements and striking music to guide viewers along a journey through Spain.   Carlota Santana, Artistic Director and Founder of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, has been designated “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine. She has dedicated her company to the mission of building bridges between cultures using the universal spirit of flamenco. For more about Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, please visit Suggested for ages 4 and up


Saturday, July 19 at 1:00

Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band

Cambria Heights Library

218-13 Linden Boulevard

Cambria Heights, NY

Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band’s repertoire includes Cajun folk, zydeco, New Orleans funk, swamp pop, and the band's own unique take on pop covers and adaptations of Appalachian folk music.  It's Mardi Gras all the time when Dr. Zsa plays. The audience learns the zydeco and cajun moves during a quick dance lesson at the start. Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band is a 5-piece group from Brooklyn, that features top N.Y.C. musicians with diverse influences that bring a combined love of the Louisiana Creole and Cajun tradition to the music. For more about Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band, please visit

Suggested for ages 7 and up.



Saturday, July 26 at 2:00 and 4:00

Caïn et les Cadiens: Chez Nous Autres

Cain and the Cajuns: Our Home

Flushing Library

41-17 Main Street

Flushing, NY

With Chez Nous Autres (Cajun French for “our home”), Cain-Oscar Bergeron and his ensemble, Caïn et les Cadiens, take audiences on a musical journey across Cajun America while exploring the universality of change and the rebirth of the human spirit. This musical and visual collaboration tells the story of the French settlers who became known as Acadians, or Cajuns. Instrumental combinations including the flute, viola, piano, guitar, accordion, and more play in classical and Cajun folk styles to recount the journey of a people from the motherland of western France to Canada and, ultimately, to southern Louisiana, known as Acadiana.


Cain-Oscar Bergeron is a performer and educator in New York City. He currently performs with flute quartet The Metropolitan Four and is a freelance vocalist for churches across the city. He made his Lincoln Center debut in January upon completing the prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. For more information, please visit


Saturday, August 2 at 11:00

Sasha Papernik

New Utrecht Library

1743 86th Street at Bay 17th Street

Brooklyn, NY

Meet the Artist Saturday star and Lincoln Center Institute Teaching Artist Sasha Papernik brings her band of merry modern minstrels to a program inspired by growing up as a first generation Russian-American. This bilingual presentation proves that music is the universal language and anyone can sing in any language to any tune and have a great time while doing it! Sasha interweaves storytelling, music, sing-alongs, and other participation to connect all students to their multicultural neighbors and family roots.


Sasha Papernik is currently featured in Carnegie Hall's Musical Explorers program. Her bilingual program, “I Speak Music,” has toured New York City schools for The Center For Arts Education. Recent engagements include performances at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, and The Joint, Las Vegas. For more information about Sasha Papernik, please visit  Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 and 4:00

O Sole Trio

Forest Hills Library

108-19 71 Avenue

Forest Hills, NY

Blending popular Italian opera, Neapolitan, and classic jazz standards with a concentration on the Italian language, O Sole Trio captures the essence of Italy. The New York-based ensemble features the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the amazingly versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin.  Together, they explore the scope of Italian influence on music throughout the centuries with their own special blend of exceptional talent and humor.


Erin Shields has studied voice in Vienna, Austria, and is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music. She began her career at 17 by singing the National Anthem for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. She has appeared as Eliza in My Fair Lady, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, and Musetta in La Boheme.


Giuseppe Sploetini is a Canadian-born baritone who has performed widely throughout North America in roles such as Figaro in Il barbiere di Seviglia, Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutte, Eacamillo in Carmen, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. He is a member of the vocal faculty at Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege and serves as co-director of the musical theater program at the school.


David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer, and arranger living and working in New York. He has collaborated with Tony Bennett, Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming, and many others. His ballet Ascension was commissioned by the Pendulum Aerial Dance Company in Portland, Oregon.

For more about O Sole Trio, please visit Suggested for ages 12 and up.


Saturday, August 9 at 2:00


Macon Library

361 Lewis Avenue at Macon Street

Brooklyn, NY

Zikrayat, Arabic for “memories,” performs music and dance from Egypt and the Greater Arab World, with a focus on the Egyptian musical cinema of the 1940s–60s. The performance traces the common thread of music across the Mediterranean region from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, and beyond. Alternating vocal and instrumental numbers with solo and group dance numbers, Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream Western audiences in an authentic yet entertaining contemporary representation.


Zikrayat's master performers are among the finest Arab musicians and dancers in the United States, including Mariyah, Dameshe, Sami Abu Shumays, Faisal Zedan, Zafer Tawil, Rami El Aasser, and Apostolos Sideris.  The ensemble has performed at such venues as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Joe's Pub, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lowell and American Folk Festivals, GlobalFEST, Alwan for the Arts, among other.  For more information about Zikrayat, please visit: Suggested for ages 10 and up. 


Wednesday, August 13 at 5:00

Harlem Gospel Choir

Coney Island Library

1901 Mermaid Avenue (near W. 19th Street)

Brooklyn, NY

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir has audiences on its feet, clapping and singing, as it enthusiastically spreads the universal message of peace, hope, and joy.


Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound, and infectious energy. For over two decades, they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.


Harlem Gospel Choir has performed alongside superstars such as Sir Keith Richards, Bono, Diana Ross, The Chieftains, Trace Adkins, The Gorillaz, and Andre Rieu. They have performed for President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, and President Nelson Mandela as well as Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. For more information on Harlem Gospel Choir, please visit:

Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, August 16 at 2:00

Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Kensington Library

4207 18th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

Audiences of all ages will thrill to the brilliant music of this legendary team with songs from their celebrated collaborations featuring music from South Pacific, The Sounds of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Carousel, and Oklahoma! Broadway Pops International brings Broadway to the world in themed, choreographed shows featuring stars singing today's jazz, Motown, pop, rock, and opera hits. The group continues to set the standard of excellence in entertaining and innovative productions. For more information, please visit:

Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, August 16 at 3:00

Choban Elektrik

Ridgewood Library

20-12 Madison Street

Ridgewood, NY

Balkan and Roma/Gypsy beats soar from this Brooklyn-based electric dance band whose repertoire draws from the folk music of Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and the Romany people. In this multilingual program, the band incorporates the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s and '70s with its vintage keyboards and creates a high-energy dance party with its powerful rhythm section.  Featuring guest vocalists trained in Balkan tradition, the musicians recreate the songs of the great Esma Redzevopa, the acclaimed Macedonian singer.  Musicians Jordan Shapiro, Dave Johnsen, and Phil Kester have been playing music together for more than ten years. They are joined at some concert appearances by Eva Salina Primack (vocals) and Jesse Kotansky (violin). Traditional line dancing will be demonstrated and encouraged amongst the audience.  For more information on Choban Elektrik, please visit Suggested for ages 7 and up.


Saturday, August 23 at 3:00

Villalobos Brothers

Broadway Library

40-20 Broadway

Long Island City, NY

Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico, with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers, in a bilingual program, deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliant cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines  notions of Latin music.


The Villalobos Brothers took up the violin as children and eventually moved on to specialize in classical violin and composition. The brothers developed their own style called “fast-chatting violin,” consisting of a rapid succession of notes and percussive sounds. They have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many other prestigious and historic venues.


The ensemble is comprised of Alberto Villalobos (voice and violin), Luis Villalobos (voice and violin), Ernesto Villalobos (voice and violin), Humberto Flores (guitar), Yuriana Sobrino (percussion), Rosa Avila (drums), Andrew Dow (bass). For more information about Villalobos Brothers, please visit: Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, September 6 at 2:00

Hammerstep + DEORO

Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY

Cutting edge choreography from Hammerstep meets traditional music and innovative live beats with hip hop flare from DEORO to create a unique presentation integrating traditional Irish step, tap, and hip hop. The performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Grammy-nominated DEORO, led by Dave Eggar (cello) with Chuck Palmer (percussion), is known internationally for its remarkable collaborations with artists from Dr. Ralph Stanley and Frank Ocean to the Talaandig tribe of Mindanao in the Philippines.


Garrett Coleman and Jason Oremus are the founders and artistic directors of innovative dance group, Hammerstep. Garrett is a two-time world champion of Irish step dance and Jason has won five consecutive state and national solo Irish dancing titles. Both have toured professionally with Riverdance.


For more information on Hammerstep and DEORO, please visit: and Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, September 6 at 2:00


Jackson Heights Library

35-51 81 Street

Jackson Heights, NY

Francisco Roldán and Gretchen Farrar enchant with a bilingual concert of classical guitar and vocals of varied styles, genres, and eras with a common thread.  Interweaving (entretejiendo in Spanish) is about taking single strands of melody, harmony, poetry, rhythm, and dynamics and fusing them together into a cohesive, expressive whole.   The voice and the guitar thread their way in and out of one another, creating a variegated tapestry of sound. 


Gretchen Farrar (classical soprano) and Francisco Roldan (guitar) have been noted for their varied repertoire across nations and genres, performing minstrel songs, folk songs, and opera arias from the Renaissance to the present day, drawing on sources from Europe, North and South America.  An experienced duo, Ms. Farrar and Mr. Roldán met in 2006 while performing with the contemporary  ensemble New Music New York and have been performing together ever since. For more information on Interweaving, please visit and Suggested for age 12 and up.


Saturday, September 13 at 2:00

Fiesta Flamenca

Langston Hughes Library

100-01 Northern Boulevard

Corona, NY

The dancers and musicians of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, in full flamenco costume, present a variety of dances revealing a life full of pride, passion, honor, love, and sorrow and show how flamenco is one of the most popular Spanish art forms because of the great intensity of its music. The audience will learn about castanuelas, taconeo, and even assist with some of the palmas.  The company, founded in 1983, explores the range of flamenco expression through the Sevillanas, Alegrias, Soleares, and the Negra Tomasa in this vibrant and engaging program. Featuring has continued to extol the traditions of flamenco while taking on the ambassadorial role of bridging today’s cultures in America and the world.


Carlota Santana, Artistic Director and Founder of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, has been designated “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine. She has dedicated her company to the mission of building bridges between cultures, using the universal spirit of flamenco. For more about Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, please visit Suggested for ages 5 and up.


Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Saturday, September 13 at 1:30

Kings Highway Library

2115 Ocean Avenue (near Kings Highway)

Brooklyn, NY

See August 16 listing for details.


Villalobos Brothers

Flushing Library

Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 and 4:00

41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY

See August 23 listing for details

Encore performance

Saturday, September 27 at 2:00

David Rubenstein Atrium

Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

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As a national leader in arts education and community relations, Lincoln Center has a long-standing commitment to making the arts widely available through a variety of initiatives including Lincoln Center Education, the Meet the Artist School Series, and free programming on and off the Lincoln Center campus, including: Meet the Artist Saturdays, Target®Free Thursdays, Young Music Makers concerts, Passport to the Arts, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Lincoln Center Local two series, Live in the summer months and HD screenings in the winter and spring months, continue Lincoln Center’s commitment to bring exceptional arts and artists to new audiences and into the community.  For more information about Lincoln Center Local contact Hillary McAndrew-Plate, [email protected] or Kaitlyn Meade at [email protected].


About Lincoln Center

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 Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, 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 the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.


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 the Queens Library

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®


About Brooklyn Public Library

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.


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Lincoln Center Local 2014 is made possible by support from Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Disney, United Airlines, and Resorts World Casino New York City.


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



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