Restart Stages Marks Official Public Opening May 10, Championing Emerging Revival of the Arts in New York City

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May 10, 2021
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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced the official public opening of Restart Stages—a new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus—welcoming audiences to reimagined community spaces and new outdoor venues, with dozens of free events and surprise Pop-Up performances in music, dance, drama, and more.


As New York begins to emerge from this pandemic, Lincoln Center is making 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces available to artists and arts organizations across its campus and the five boroughs. Reimagined outdoor performance and civic venues will help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City.

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center May Event Schedule

Monday, May 10 – Sunday, May 30

Monday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Land Blessing and Opening Ceremony, conducted by Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lunaape
Curated by Martha Redbone
Presented in collaboration with The Redhawk Native American Arts Council

The first show of Restart Stages in May acknowledges the pre-colonial history of our Nation and the First American inhabitants of the Lenape community. The evening starts with a land blessing ceremony—conducted by Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lunaape and facilitated by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council—that recognizes the indigenous communities who once broadly populated this island. Hearst Plaza will then host a set from the acclaimed singer/songwriter Martha Redbone, a favorite performer on the Lincoln Center campus who has been regularly commissioned for multiple signature series. Redbone’s work celebrates her Native and African-American heritage and lived urban and rural experience with songs that explore issues both political and personal. Redbone’s unifying and soulful blend of gospel, folk, and rock music will be supported by a band that includes violinist Charlie Burnham, bassist Fred Cash, her longtime collaborator and husband composer/songwriter and Music Director, pianist Aaron Whitby, and special guest Soni Moreno from the Native American a cappella group, Ulali.


Monday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Norm Lewis

Renowned for his acting work onstage and screen (most recently in the Oscar-nominated film "Da 5 Bloods"), fans of musical theater best know Norm Lewis, the SAG and Tony-Award nominated star (and Lincoln Center’s Artist Committee member) for his booming baritone and the magnetic charisma that has marked every step of his nearly three decades of Broadway excellence. Lewis has shared comfort and hope to audiences throughout the pandemic year; now he's bringing live performance back to Lincoln Center. For this Restart Stages concert, he will present a revue of songs hand-picked from his impressive resumé of the who's-who among leading man roles–including ‘Javert’ in Les Misérables, ‘Porgy’ in Porgy and Bess, and the title characters in The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. Norm will lend his unique and insightful vocal versatility to selections ranging from jazz and blues, to soul, pop, and classic American favorites. Lewis will be directed by the famed producer Richard Jay-Alexander (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) and accompanied by a trio of musicians led by his musical director Joseph Joubert (MGM’s “Respect,” The Color Purple) for a program that no Broadway fan should dare to miss.


Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Open House

 

Juilliard kicks off the Restart Stages series with an open house that includes pieces presented by student actors, performances by Juilliard Jazz Ensembles, and performances by two students who are recent Avery Fisher Career Grant winners: cellist Sterling Elliott (with collaborative piano alumnus Luis Ortiz) and violinist Kevin Zhu (with piano alumnus Rohan de Silva).

The future of music, dance, and drama is at Juilliard today. In this time of revival in New York City join us to cheer on the next generation of artists as we celebrate the resilience of our extraordinary city!

Presented by The Juilliard School

Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Brass Quintets

Juilliard brass students, who are coached by the members of Juilliard’s ensemble in residence, the internationally renowned American Brass Quintet, give this recital. The ABQ has commissioned works by leading composers who have contributed significantly to both contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Music

A performance by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble and additional chamber ensembles is to be announced. The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble is led by alumnus Daniel Druckman, a member of the New York Philharmonic. The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, which appears annually at Alice Tully Hall, has performed works by alumnus Steve Reich, George Crumb, and John Cage, among many others.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Dance, Composition, and Jazz

This evening of dance and music collaborations begins with FLARE, created by Juilliard students Ellexis Hatch, choreographer, and Horacio Fernández Vázquez, composer, as part of Juilliard’s annual Choreographers and Composers project. This is followed by Juilliard Jazz and Juilliard Dance students partnering on a jam session. Juilliard Dance, directed by Alicia Graf Mack, develops artists of the 21st century trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance forms. Notable alumni of the program include Robert Battle, Pina Bausch, Jessica Lang, Lar Lubovitch, Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, Bebe Neuwirth, and Paul Taylor. Juilliard Jazz is led by director and alumnus Wynton Marsalis. Recent alumni include Creative Associate Jon Batiste, Kris Bowers, Aaron Diehl, Alexa Tarantino, and Immanuel Wilkins.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Concerts For Kids: Red Baraat

After a year of digital performances, Concerts For Kids takes the stage for live audiences! Brooklyn's Red Baraat kicks off the family series at Hearst Plaza with music merging North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, and raw punk energy. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, Red Baraat's unique sound has drawn worldwide praise for its mission to manifest joy and unity in all people. Don't miss this fun performance for the whole family.

Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Summer Evenings Outdoors: Gershwin, Adolphe, and Dvorák

Chamber Music Society returns to the live stage at Lincoln Center with a program that spans continents. As a prelude to Dvorák’s beloved Piano Quintet, we will hear quintessentially American music, including ever-popular Gershwin and the world premiere of a new song cycle by Bruce Adolphe, composed for soprano Angel Blue, well-known to Lincoln Center audiences from her recent performances of Porgy and Bess.

Join Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a series of six hour-long LIVE performances from Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Immerse yourself in chamber music masterworks from Beethoven to Brahms or Dvorák to Gershwin and experience the magic of live performances by legendary CMS musicians making their first return to the Lincoln Center stage.

Presented by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Open House

Juilliard's second open house features pieces presented by actors from the Drama division, performances by Juilliard Jazz Ensembles, and additional performances to be announced. Since its inception five decades ago, Juilliard’s Drama Division has become one of the most respected and renowned programs for theater artists in the world. Notable alumni include Christine Baranski, Danielle Brooks, Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver, Viola Davis, Corey Hawkins, Oscar Isaac, Joaquina Kalukango, Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Anthony Mackie, Wendell Pierce, Bradley Whitford, Finn Wittrock, and Samira Wiley. Juilliard Jazz is led by director and alumnus Wynton Marsalis. Recent alumni of the program include Creative Associate Jon Batiste, Kris Bowers, Aaron Diehl, Alexa Tarantino, and Immanuel Wilkins.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Historical Performance

Juilliard Historical Performance presents baroque chamber music on period instruments. Historical Performance is the school’s graduate-level, full-tuition-scholarship program for early music. Students in the program work with such distinguished artists as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Robert Mealy, Rachel Podger, and Masaaki Suzuki, among many others. Its period-instrument ensemble, Juilliard415, has made significant contributions to musical life in New York and beyond.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Wednesday, May 19

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Jose Llana: A Special Performance for the Philippine Nurses Association

 

Throughout the pandemic, medical professionals have assumed extraordinary risk. 25% of Filipino New Yorkers work in the healthcare industry, and COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations have disproportionately impacted this population. In recognition of the courage and strength of members of the Philippine Nurses Association, Lincoln Center is proud to present a private and intimate evening with the singer and Broadway star, Jose Llana. Best known for his memorable portrayal as The King of Siam in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The King and I and his Drama Desk Award-winning turn in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Llana is a favorite among theater fans for his broad vocal range and impressive versatility as a performer. For the evening concert, he’ll be joined on piano accompaniment by Music Director Kimberly Grigsby (To Kill a Mockingbird, Head Over Heels, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

Thursday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW

The future of music, dance, and drama is at Juilliard today. In this time of revival in New York City join us to cheer on the next generation of artists as we celebrate the resilience of our extraordinary city!

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Drama

Juilliard Drama presents an hour of scenes ranging from Shakespeare to new plays by its Playwright Fellows. Since its inception five decades ago, Juilliard’s Drama Division has become one of the most respected and renowned programs for theater artists in the world. Notable alumni include Christine Baranski, Danielle Brooks, Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver, Viola Davis, Corey Hawkins, Oscar Isaac, Joaquina Kalukango, Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Anthony Mackie, Wendell Pierce, Bradley Whitford, Finn Wittrock, and Samira Wiley.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Jazz

Juilliard Jazz presents an evening showcasing the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Juilliard Jazz is led by director and alumnus Wynton Marsalis. Recent alumni of the program include Creative Associate Jon Batiste, Kris Bowers, Aaron Diehl, Alexa Tarantino, and Immanuel Wilkins.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Pauline Jean and Godwin Louis
Presented in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange in honor of Haitian Heritage Month

Vocalist/bandleader Pauline Jean and saxophonist/composer Godwin Louis both share a Haitian-American heritage, impressive musical talent and a love for the rhythms and melodies of their motherland. For this evening’s performance, presented in collaboration with Haiti’s NYC-based Haiti Cultural Exchange, both artists will bring a unique Caribbean island-inspired perspective to a jazz concert celebrating Haiti’s indigenous sounds and powerful grooves.

Featured performers: Godwin Louis, alto sax; Pauline Jean, vocals; Axel Laugart, piano; Jonathan Michel, bass; Allan Mednard, drums; Markus Schwartz, percussion

Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Poets on the Plaza: Featuring Artists from The Moth

Join us for true stories, told live with The Moth, a non-profit group dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. In this intimate event, Moth tellers will share moments from their lives—stories that celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience and speak to our vital need for connection.

Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Summer Evenings Outdoors: Dvorák and Mendelssohn

One of Dvorák’s most inspired creations is the trio he called “Terzetto” for two violins and viola, composed for his friends. Following this unique piece of chamber music, we will hear Mendelssohn at his most effervescent, in his scintillating, virtuosic second Viola Quintet.

Presented by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tuesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Our Time Is Now: Curated by Jennifer Koh
Featuring performance by Koh
Poets Cindy Tran and Simon White

The New York Times calls the classical violinist Jennifer Koh “a star… by any measure.” With a career that includes performances with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic and recitals comprising music from the traditional to contemporary—including Alone Together, a new collaborative project encompassing more than forty works donated by established composers and commissioned from the freelance composers they recommended—few artists are as attuned to the disruption the pandemic has inflicted on the recording and live performance world. For this specially commissioned production, Lincoln Center has asked Ms. Koh to curate a program that speaks to that experience. In response, she has created an hour-long salon that addresses the ongoing trauma borne by New York City’s AAPI and Black communities and their shared response of creative excellence in the face of adversity. Koh will be joined on stage by poets Cindy Tran and Simone White in a performance that juxtaposes spoken word with the world premieres of works newly composed for Alone Together by LaTasha Bundy, Ken Ueno, and Amadeus Regucera. The performance is dedicated to George Floyd and all victims of racial discrimination.

Wednesday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Open House

This open house features a program of opera arias, scenes, and song repertoire presented by students from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. It will also include a performance by the Ulysses Quartet, which serves as Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet and whose members are Lisa Arnhold Fellows. One of the most prestigious programs for educating singers, the Marcus Institute offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. Notable alumni include Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett as well as more recent graduates Paul Appleby, Julia Bullock, Sasha Cooke, John Holiday, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Susanna Phillips, and Davóne Tines.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m.

The Club at Hearst Plaza
Juilliard NOW: Piano Open House

This open house features soloists from Juilliard's piano department. Juilliard’s piano department is the second-largest department within the school’s music division. At the heart of the program is a distinguished faculty whose members enjoy international recognition for their work as soloists, chamber musicians, and teachers. Alumni include Yefim Bronfman, Van Cliburn, Chick Corea, Jeremy Denk, and Joyce Yang, among many others. Stay tuned for a second Piano Open House coming in June, hosted by alumnus Emanuel Ax.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Vocal Arts

Juilliard presents bel canto arias and scenes featuring students from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. One of the most prestigious programs for educating singers, the Marcus Institute offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. Notable alumni include Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett as well as more recent graduates Paul Appleby, Julia Bullock, Sasha Cooke, John Holiday, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Susanna Phillips, and Davóne Tines.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Historical Performance

The Historical Performance department presents the period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 in concert, led by conductor Ruben Valenzuela. Juilliard Historical Performance is the school’s graduate-level, full-tuition-scholarship program for early music. Students in the program work with such distinguished artists as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Robert Mealy, Rachel Podger, and Masaaki Suzuki, among many others. Juilliard415 has made significant contributions to musical life in New York and beyond.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Friday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Eddie Palmieri
Presented in collaboration with NYU Music and Social Change Lab

Over the course of an inspiring sixty-year recording career, the New York-born pianist Eddie Palmieri’s name has become synonymous with the city’s vital Latin jazz scene. An awardee of the NEA Jazz Master crown and a ten-time GRAMMY Award winner, Palmieri’s innovative skill as a composer and transcendent fluency on the keys stand as hallmarks of his legacy. Palmieri’s ability to merge the intricate and melodic sounds of contemporary jazz with the percussive salsa of his Puerto Rican upbringing have rendered him a unique figure among music industry giants and an icon within the Latin community. For the evening concert, featuring a six-piece jazz band, Mr. Palmieri will explore the heights of his always-danceable oeuvre at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.

Featured Performers: Luques Curtis, bass; Little Johnny Rivero, congas; Camilo Molina, timbales; Louis Fouche, alto saxophone; Jonathan Powell, trumpet

Saturday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Preparatory Division

Join us for an afternoon featuring the orchestral ensembles of Juilliard’s Preparatory Division. The Preparatory Division, led by Weston Sprott, includes Juilliard Pre-College and the Music Advancement Program (MAP). Juilliard Pre-College offers a comprehensive conservatory-style music program for students ages 8 to 18 who exhibit the talent, potential, and ambition to pursue music study at the college level. MAP offers intermediate students with great musical potential a comprehensive curriculum, performance opportunities, and summer study partnerships that allow them to pursue advanced music studies while developing their talents as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Alumni of Juilliard Pre-College include conductors Marin Alsop and Alan Gilbert; pianists Emanuel Ax and Joyce Yang; violinists Pamela Frank and Itzhak Perlman; cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Astrid Schween; and composers Nicholas Britell (also a Creative Associate) and Marvin Hamlisch. MAP alumni include Carlos Henriquez, Nathalie Joachim, and Tito Munoz.

Presented by The Juilliard School

Saturday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park
Juilliard NOW: Preparatory Division

Join us for an afternoon featuring the orchestral ensembles of Juilliard’s Preparatory Division. The Preparatory Division, led by Weston Sprott, includes Juilliard Pre-College and the Music Advancement Program (MAP). Juilliard Pre-College offers a comprehensive conservatory-style music program for students ages 8 to 18 who exhibit the talent, potential, and ambition to pursue music study at the college level. MAP offers intermediate students with great musical potential a comprehensive curriculum, performance opportunities, and summer study partnerships that allow them to pursue advanced music studies while developing their talents as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Alumni of Juilliard Pre-College include conductors Marin Alsop and Alan Gilbert; pianists Emanuel Ax and Joyce Yang; violinists Pamela Frank and Itzhak Perlman; cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Astrid Schween; and composers Nicholas Britell (also a Creative Associate) and Marvin Hamlisch. MAP alumni include Carlos Henriquez, Nathalie Joachim, and Tito Munoz.

Presented by The Juilliard School

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