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Library-Goers Get to Vote for Lincoln Center Performances in Queens

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | March 19, 2013 7:27pm

QUEENS — It's the next chapter for Lincoln Center.

Queens library-goers will not only get the chance to attend free performances from the famed Manhattan arts center this summer, now they can also vote which shows they would like to see, Queens Library said.

For the second year, the library, in partnership with Lincoln Center Local prepared a list of performances to be shown this summer at 11 branches, including Flushing, Long Island City and Jackson Heights.

Patrons can vote online for the performance that they would most like to see. Library-goers from each branch will choose among three options, the library said.

For example, patrons from Forest Hills will choose from “Carmen” from La Piccola Opera, a performance “River of Memory” by Ljova and the Kontraband, playing a fusion of Russian street music, tango and gypsy melodies, and a show “I’ve Got a Little Twist" from New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Many programs this year are for children and a number of shows will include ethnic music, the library said.

Patrons can vote until April 15 and the results will be announced shortly after at both the Lincoln Center Local and the Queens Library websites.

“It’s really a privilege to welcome them into communities in Queens where people would not necessarily have free access and possibly would have to go to Manhattan or further to see something of this quality,” said Joanne King, spokeswoman for the Queens Library system.

The shows are scheduled throughout the summer, starting with a July 8 performance at the Richmond Hill branch, and ending with a program at the Langston Hughes branch on September 21.

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

“Whatever you see, you gonna see something wonderful,” King said. “These are world-class performances.”