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January 07, 2015

February 2015 at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center News

 

Date: January 7, 2015

 Contact:  Eileen McMahon, 212.875.5391

[email protected]

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015

—LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS—

 

 THE LEGENDARY BARBARA COOK AND HIP HOP MASTER TALIB KWELI AT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

 

TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI AND THE ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

AT GREAT PERFORMERS

 

FREE AT THE DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM:  A LOSER’S LOUNGE DANCE PARTY

AND THE DAEDALUS QUARTET

 

Chronological Listing of Programs and Events for February 2015

 

 

Tuesday, February 3 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Insights at the Atrium

An Evening with Lisa Batiashvili

Lisa Batiashvili, New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence

Edward Yim, New York Philharmonic Vice President, Artistic Planning

Violinist Lisa Batiasivili discusses her partnership with the New York Philharmonic as well as her musical upbringing in conjunction with her performances of Barber’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra on February 5 – 7. 

Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 pm

Great Performers “Art of the Song”

Matthew Polenzani, tenor

Julius Drake, piano 

Beethoven:        Adelaide, Op.46

Liszt:                Der Glückliche, K.334

Liszt:                Wie singt die Lerche schön, K.312

Liszt:                Die stille Wasserrose, K.321

 

Liszt:                Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, K.272

Liszt:                Es rauschen die Winde, K.294

Liszt:                S’il est un charmant gazon, K.284

Liszt:                Enfant, si j’étais roi, K.283

Liszt:                Comment, disaient-ils, K.276

Liszt:                Oh! quand je dors, K.282

Satie:                La statue de bronze

Satie:                Daphénéo

Satie:                Le chapelier

Ravel:               Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Barber:              Hermit Songs, Op. 29

Praised by Opera News for his “melting pianissimos, soaring climaxes, and complete dramatic commitment,” American tenor Matthew Polenzani has sung in more than 285 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in addition to his engagements on leading stages around the globe in opera, with orchestras, and in recital.   He appears at Alice Tully Hall with award-winning chamber music specialist Julius Drake in a program of art songs by Liszt, Satie, and more. 

Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th St.)

Tickets, starting at $45, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. 

 

Wednesday, February 4 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Judy Kuhn Sings Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers, and Adam Guettel

The composer of more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals including Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I, Richard Rodgers won every award in the entertainment industry.   His daughter Mary wrote the Tony nominated Once Upon a Mattress and her son Adam won two Tonys for The Light in the Piazza.  Broadway regular Judy Kuhn brings her captivating voice to an evening of music from the Richard Rodgers musical dynasty.

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Thursday, February 5 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Free at the Atrium

Electric Voices!  Pamela Z and Joan La Barbara in Concert

This is an evening of experimental vocal works by voice pioneer, composer, and sound artist Joan La Barbara in a duo concert with composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z.  Among their many claims to fame, La Barbara has written scores for Sesame Street and was artistic director of the Carnegie Hall series When Morty Met John; Pamela Z has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and exhibited at the Whitney Museum; and both of these artists are recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships.   Each will perform solo pieces with and without electronic processing, and together, the two will perform improvised and scored works.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Thursday, February 5 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria—starring as Big Boo in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black—has a multi-faceted career

as comedian, actress, and jazz musician.  She won Obie and Theater World Awards for her appearance as Hildy in the Public Theater’s revival of On the Town, and her five CDs on the Warner Jazz and Classics label are evidence of a voice that generates high praise.  The New York Times’ Ben Brantley calls her “every inch a star,” and TimeOut New York says “the girl can certainly swing.” 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Friday, February 6 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Megan Hilty

Broadway performer and television actress Megan Hilty’s career has had a fast ride to the top, from Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical to Ivy Lynn in NBC’s Smash,  and the starring role in the New York City Center Encores production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which “...thrust its leading lady into the firmament of musical stardom…” (The New York Times).  Megan’s solo show, including her sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, was a huge success and her album, It Happens All the Time, was released last year. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $55, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Saturday, February 7 – FREE – at 11 am

Meet the Artist Saturdays

The Land of Musical Opposites

New York Philharmonic’s Kaleidoscope Ensemble

Kaleidoscope, the teaching artists ensemble of the New York Philharmonic, presents The Land of Musical Opposites—its take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on music by Felix Mendelssohn.  They will show how Mendelssohn and other composers mix and match musical opposites to create new settings that tell the story of different characters, including the fairies and humans from Shakespeare's play.  Youngsters can sing along with the fairies as they work together to create a world of musical enchantment.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Saturday, February 7 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Danny Rivera & Nelson González: Obsesión

An evening with two Puerto Rican musicians whose passionate music informs the Latin American Songbook. Danny Rivera, known as “the National Voice of Puerto Rico”, and Nelson González, a Cuban tres guitar master, will perform highlights from their latest recording, Obsesión. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Sunday, February 8 at 11 am

Great Performers Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Steven Osborne, piano

Rachmaninoff:                  Etude-tableau in F minor, Op. 33, No. 1

Rachmaninoff:                  Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 33, No. 3

Rachmaninoff:                  Etude-tableau in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 7

Rachmaninoff:                  Etude-tableau in G minor, Op. 33, No. 8

Musorgsky:                      Pictures from an Exhibition

Scottish-born pianist Steven Osborne is one the of U.K.’s foremost musicians, well-known to radio listeners from his regular BBC performances.  A first-prize winner of both the Naumburg International and the Clara Haskil  competitions, his recordings on the Hyperion label include Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition—which will be performed at this concert—have been praised  by Gramophone as “an ideal blend of fidelity to the score…as musicianly as it is technically immaculate.”  Audiences can judge for themselves at this recital in the Walter Reade Theater, and join the pianist afterward at a reception with complimentary refreshments.  

Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St.)

Tickets, starting at $22, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. 

 

Wednesday, February 11 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour Une Âme Souveraine ? A Dedication to Nina Simone

Singer, songwriter, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello’s music incorporates many influences, from soul and hip hop to rock and jazz.  Her “coolly ethereal vocals” (The New York Times) have graced the albums of artists from Madonna to John Mellencamp, and she has recorded tributes to musicians as diverse as Dolly Parton and Fats Waller.  Ndegeocello adds one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century, Nina Simone, to her list of honored singers at this American Songbook event. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Thursday, February 12 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

San Fermin with Metropolis Ensemble

Labeled “Baroque pop,” San Fermin is the name of the debut album from this band of the same name.  Created by Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the group performs in The Appel Room with Metropolis Ensemble, a New York-based chamber orchestra dedicated to performing contemporary classical music.  

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $30, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Friday, February 13 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Studio 63: Loser’s Lounge Pre-Valentine’s Dance Party

Founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty, Loser’s Lounge is a New York City band that immortalizes the great songwriting catalogues of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  The ensemble honors pop artists from Abba to the Zombies and Neil Diamond to David Bowie with sold-out shows that validate the zeal of music fans everywhere. 

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Friday, February 13 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Talib Kweli

The internationally-known rap artist Talib Kweli is based in Los Angeles. The works on his latest CDs—AKA P.O.C., with collaborators Nelly and Busta Rhymes, and Gravitas—explore new areas of rock, jazz, and Brazilian beats, but all show off the clever verbal gymnastics that are hallmarks of his work. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Saturday, February 14 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Dawn Landes

Valentine’s Day will feature singer/songwriter Dawn Landes, who has “an ability to go from fun to serious in one twang of her guitar. And one extra spoonful of talent that makes all the difference” (Huffington Post). This Brooklynite by way of Louisville, Ky. has an indie-folk bent, and her songs have been featured in such TV shows as House and Gossip Girl. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $30, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Wednesday, February 18 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Insights at the Atrium

Traversing Time and Trade:  15 Years of the Silk Road

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble draws together performers and composers from more than 20 countries around the world.  In celebration of its 15th anniversary, members of the Ensemble will discuss the musical traditions that inspire them in advance of their performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic on February 19 – 21.

Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Thursday, February 19 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

Great Performers “Complimentary Classical”

Daedalus Quartet

Bartók:            String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, Sz.67

Sibelius:          String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 (“Voces intimae”)

Great Performers’ new free concert series, “Complimentary Classical,” celebrates the art of the string quartet with four events in 2015.  The second installment in the series features the Daedalus Quartet, well-known to Lincoln Center audiences of the Mostly Mozart Festival and Chamber Music Society Two.  The Quartet’s latest CD on the Bridge label of George Perle String Quartets won high praise from The Boston Globe.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Sunday, February 22 at 3 pm

Great Performers

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Nicholas Angelich, piano

Pre-concert lecture by Walter Frisch at 1:45 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Brahms:                        Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Tchaikovsky:                 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a performance of well-loved symphonic works with the award-winning American pianist Nicholas Angelich. 

Avery Fisher Hall (Broadway at 65th St.)

Tickets, starting at $35, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. 

 

Wednesday, February 25 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Joey Arias: A Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday

Performance artist and gender-bending chanteuse Joey Arias defies categorization.  An original member of the L.A. comedy troupe the Groundlings, he had a cabaret act channeling the vocal style of the legendary Billie Holiday and covered the songs of Lady Day in a show called Strange Fruit that ran for more than a year in the 1990s.  He also earned the title “demigod of the demimonde” for his weekly shows at New York’s Bar d’O, and starred as the MC for Cirque du Soliel’s Zumanity in Las Vegas.    

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Great Performers

Takács Quartet

Lawrence Power, viola

Pre-concert lecture by Christopher H. Gibbs at 6:15 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Schubert:                                  Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703

Mozart:                                     String Quintet in G minor, K.516

Beethoven:                                String Quartet in F major, Op. 59 (“Razumovsky”)

The Takács Quartet—the only string quartet to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame alongside such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz and Leonard Bernstein—is recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles.  It gives the first of two Great Performers concerts in 2015 with English violist Lawrence Power, a critically-acclaimed musician who turned down the offer of first chair at the Berlin Philharmonic to pursue his mission of reviving interest in the viola as a solo instrument. 

Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th St.)

Tickets, starting at $45, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. 

 

Thursday, February 26– FREE – at 7:30 pm

Free at the Atrium

1032K: The Skip James Project

Featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray, and Andrew Drury

Special Guests J.D. Allen and Justin Hicks

Hard Time Killing Floor Suite

The high energy 1032K trio explores the legacy of Delta blues legend Skip James in this multi-part suite commissioned by Lincoln Center and conceived and performed by founding members Ku-umba Frank Lacy, who plays the trombone, a flumpet (a cross between a trumpet and Flugelhorn), and sings, bassist Kevin Ray, and drummer Andrew Drury.  Skip James was a Mississippi Delta blues artist?both a guitarist and a pianist?who recorded a hit album in 1931, and then disappeared from the music world for the next 33 years.  Discovered in a hospital in 1964 by three young blues enthusiasts, James spent the last five years of his life as one of the most celebrated figures of the mid-60s folk-blues revival.  Hard Time Killing Floor Suite pays homage to his legacy.

A Lincoln Center commission.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit atrium.lincolncenter.org.

 

Thursday, February 26 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Shovels & Rope

Performing music that is both “darkly humorous and rollicking” (Wall Street Journal), Shovels & Rope is the name of the group and the title of the first album by the husband and wife team of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. After the duo merged their solo careers, the hit single “Birmingham,” from their joint release O’ Be Joyful, won Song of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards in Nashville.  Their signature country-punk/rock blend of music has been described as “earthly magic.” 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $35, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Friday, February 27 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

People Get Ready’s Steven Reker

Steve Reker founded the Brooklyn-based, four-piece band known as People Get Ready, primarily known for presenting live choreographed musical events that combine its indie rock sound with performance art.  Reker plays guitar and sings, often while jumping or generally adding movement to his music and making each song a mini-performance.  The band’s second CD, Physiques, came out in June 2014 and was chosen for streaming by The New York Times on its website. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $30, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm

Great Performers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

 

Adam Fischer, conductor

Viktoria Mullova, violin

Smetana:                      Overture to Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride)

Brahms:                        Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Dvorák:                         Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”)

Guest conductor Adam Fischer—who has frequently conducted Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and well as at the Metropolitan Operawill lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the critically-acclaimed resident orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre.  The program of early and late Romanticism will feature Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova in a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. 

Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th St.)

Tickets, starting at $45, are available online at LCGreatPerformers.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. 

 

Saturday, February 28 at 8:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook

Barbara Cook

Financial Times called Barbara Cook “the greatest singer in the world,” and six decades after her professional debut, her voice is still amazing.  Treating popular tunes as art songs and investing the lyrics with an actor’s sensitivity, her turn on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim reminded everyone of her place in American music history.  She is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, as well as the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. 

The Appel Room (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

Tickets, beginning at $55, are available online at AmericanSongbook.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

 

 

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Wine generously donated by William Hill Estate Winery, Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

 

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

 

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

 

Great Performers

 

BNY Mellon is a Proud Supporter of Great Performers

 

Support is provided by Bank of China, Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, The Shubert Foundation, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts

 

Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund

 

Endowment support is also provided by UBS

 

David Rubenstein Atrium

Generous endowment support provided by Alice and David Rubenstein, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Oak Foundation

 

Major support for Meet the Artist Saturdays is provided by Betty and John Levin. Additional support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Member, Gale Brewer

 

Endowment support is provided by The Walt Disney Company

 

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’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. 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 series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.

 

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