Lincoln Center Kicks Off Series of Free Performances in Queens

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on July 8, 2013 4:38pm 

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 Queens library-goers will see 11 shows this summer.
Lincoln Center Kicks Off Series of Free Performances at Queens Branch Libraries
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QUEENS — Queens residents will get the chance to attend a series of performances from Lincoln Center this summer, including spectacles for children and a number of shows with ethnic music, Queens Library announced.

The famed Manhattan arts center and Queens Library are teaming up for the second year to bring shows to various branches around the borough.

The first performance — "From the Streets to the Concert Hall" by Classical Jam — is scheduled for Monday, July 8 at the Richmond Hill branch. The musicians will present a repertoire which will mix classical works and their own arrangements from Gershwin to Piazzolla, the library said in a release.

The shows are scheduled throughout the summer and will end with a "West African Customs via Music" show performed by Bodoma Garifuna Band, at the Langston Hughes branch in Corona on September 21.

In spring, more than 5,000 Queens Library patrons voted online for the performance that they would most like to see. Library-goers from each branch chose among three options.

Among the musicians who will perform will be The Villalobos Brothers, a group of artists who were born in Mexico. They will play on July 13 in Jackson Heights.

On September 14, Surati, a non-profit organization promoting Indian culture, will present Indian dance, music and theater at Queens Central Library in Jamaica.

Many performances are designed for parents to be able bring their young children, including a show presented by Mario the Magician, a full-time magician specializing in spectacles for kids, who will perform twice — on July 27 in Cambria Heights and on August 12 in Lefrak City.

Patrons from Forest Hills will see “Carmen” from La Piccola Opera, which will be an abridged version of the opera, on July 20.

Teri Dale Hansen, a singing actress, will present "Fairy Tales of Broadway" on August 24 in Long Island City. Children and parents will have a chance to sing along, according to Lincoln Center Local.

"Queens Library is thrilled to be hosting the highest caliber music and dance from Lincoln Center Local here, where library users have free and easy access," said Thomas Galante, Queens Library president and CEO, in a statement. 

Performances are an hour long and end with a Q&A session, according to the Lincoln Center Local website.

The series culminates in a special presentation live-streamed from Lincoln Center's campus on September 28.

The full performance schedule can be found here.

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