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Live From Lincoln Center—the award-winning performing arts series presenting the best of the wide-ranging programing from the world’s leading performing arts center—has announced its lineup of broadcasts from September through December 2016. More than 40 years after this marquee series made its debut, Live From Lincoln Center continues to offer a front row seat to the arts, and presents five episodes showcasing the best of music and dance on PBS, headlined by violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Lang Lang, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic.
Live From Lincoln Center was recognized for its broadcasting excellence last year with a Emmy Award victory for Outstanding Special Class Program for its 2014 broadcast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street featuring Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson, and the New York Philharmonic. This Emmy Award is the 14th major Emmy for the series. Live From Lincoln Center is also nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2016.
“Live From Lincoln Center crosses boundaries and styles this season with five special broadcasts on PBS this fall, including three on the Arts Fall Festival,” said series executive producer Andrew C. Wilk. “For the first time in series history, Live From Lincoln Center goes on location as we capture the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the heart of America in an intimate and historic space. Two of the world’s greatest virtuosos, pianist Lang Lang and violinist Joshua Bell, each headline their own concerts spanning genres which celebrate the universal joy of music. The legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater enthralls with their iconic Revelations on a presentation of Lincoln Center at the Movies. And we’ll continue a festive annual tradition to ring in the new year with the New York Philharmonic.”
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER’s fall 2016 lineup features:
LINCOLN CENTER AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Friday, November 4, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
This special Lincoln Center at the Movies presentation brings one of the world’s leading modern dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to PBS. Designated by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the Ailey company is known for its spectacular range, diversity, and artistry, which are showcased in this episode, culminating in a performance of its beloved signature work, Revelations, the American dance masterpiece created by founder Alvin Ailey. Audiences will also get to see three additional dynamic pieces: Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Grace by Ronald K. Brown, and Takademe by the company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle. Matthew Diamond directs for television.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s production of Revelations, Chroma, Grace, and Takademe for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is supported by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.
LANG LANG’S NEW YORK RHAPSODY
Friday, December 2, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
Live From Lincoln Center presents the internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and his love letter to New York, the city he considers his adoptive home, set to the music that helped make this city so famous. Embracing a wide range of styles and voices to capture New York’s magic, this episode features music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Danny Elfman to Lou Reed, Alicia Keys, and Don Henley, including a rare performance of the original 1924 jazz band arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Joining Lang Lang will be celebrated artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Suzanne Vega, Jerry Douglas, Lisa Fischer, and rising stars including Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day, genre-bending violinist Lindsey Stirling, and Grammy-winning trumpeter Sean Jones, in addition to a 30-piece orchestra with musical direction by David Lai. The live concert and television broadcast are produced and directed by Emmy Award-winner Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center.
JOSHUA BELL’S SEASONS OF CUBA
Friday, December 16, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
Live From Lincoln Center brings Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba (working title) to the festival lineup, in which the world-famous, Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, composed of some of Cuba’s most accomplished classical musicians. Bell will dazzle the audience with a range of selections from Vivaldi classics, to Piazzolla tangos and more, building a bridge between Cubans eager to engage with American artists in a new landscape of cultural diplomacy. Earlier this year, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities asked Joshua to be a member of the first official government to government bilateral initiative in the wake of President Obama’s trip to Cuba. The mission was to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people through the arts. This upcoming concert in New York, to be filmed for the series, continues this important artistic dialogue. Guest artists to be announced. The live concert and television broadcast are produced and directed by Emmy Award-winner Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC’S NEW YEAR’S EVE
Saturday, December 31
PBS and Live From Lincoln Center invite you to ring in 2017 with an “Enchanted Evening” of American classics, including beloved works by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Continuing an annual tradition live from David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center, this special presentation will include the Orchestra with Music Director Alan Gilbert and opera star Joyce DiDonato.
*Program information and airdates subject to change