Lincoln Center at Brooklyn Public Library

Lincoln Center Local Live Tour

Brooklyn Public Library and Lincoln Center Local (LCL) have teamed up to bring world-class, FREE programming to your neighborhood this August and September. The series offers live hour-long programs combining performance with a question and answer session in a dynamic, first-hand encounter with outstanding artists from a wide-range of disciplines. The series culminates in a special presentation live-streamed from Lincoln Center's campus.

BPL - Lincoln Center Live at BPL :Sasha Papernik
Photo Credit: Gabriella Herman

Sasha Papernik
Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 am
New Ultrecht Library

Sasha Papernik, Russian-American classical pianist/singer/songwriter, presents an eclectic program of gorgeous pieces spanning the genre and continental divide. Join her band as they offer classical selections, songs by the American Songbook masters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, reimagined Russian folk tunes, and inspired originals while telling lively stories about the music, composers, and the times they lived in. Suggested ages 5 and up.


BPL - Lincoln Center Live at BPL : Zikrayat
Photo Credit: Alison Domzalski

Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 pm
Macon Library

Zikrayat, Arabic for "memories,"; performs music and dance from Egypt and the Greater Arab World, with a focus on the Egyptian musical cinema of the 1940s –’60s. The performance traces the common thread of music across the Mediterranean region from Egypt, Syria, Turkey and Greece to Tunisia and beyond! Alternating vocal and instrumental numbers with solo and group dance numbers, Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream Western audiences in an authentic yet entertaining contemporary representation. Performance includes a Q&A with the artists.

Zikrayat's master performers are among the finest Arab musicians and dancers in the United States, including Mariyah, Dameshe, Sami Abu Shumays, Faisal Zedan, Zafer Tawil, Rami El Aasser, and Apostolos Sideris. The ensemble has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lowell and American Folk Festivals, GlobalFEST, Alwan for the Arts, and many more. Suggested for ages 7 and up.


BPL - Lincoln Center Live at BPL : Harlem Gospel Choir
Photo courtesy of the artist

Harlem Gospel Choir
Wednesday, August 13 at 5:00 pm
Coney Island Library

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will have audiences on their feet, clapping and singing to their hearts’ content, enthusiastically spreading the universal message of peace, hope, and joy.

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound, and infectious energy. For over two decades, they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe, thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Harlem Gospel Choir has performed alongside superstars such as Sir Keith Richards, Bono, Diana Ross, The Chieftains, Trace Adkins, The Gorillaz, and Andre Rieu. They have performed for President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, and President Nelson Mandela as well as Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Suggested Ages 5 and up.


BPL - Lincoln Center Live at BPL : Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration
Saturday, August 16 at 2:00 pm
Kensington Library

Saturday, September 13 at 1:30 pm
Kings Highway Library

Thrill to the brilliant music of this legendary team with songs from its celebrated collaborations featuring music from South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Carousel, and Oklahoma!. A favorite for audiences of all ages! Broadway Pops International brings Broadway to the world in themed, choreographed shows featuring stars singing today’s jazz, Motown, pop, rock, and opera hits. The group continues to set the standard of excellence in entertaining and innovative productions. Suggested for ages 5 and up.


BPL - Lincoln Center Live at BPL : Hammerstep & Deoro
Photo Credit: Patrick Mangan

Hammerstep & DEORO
Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 pm
Central Library Plaza

This dynamic and innovative collaboration between world champion dancers and Grammy-nominated musicians creates a groundbreaking dance extravaganza integrating traditional Irish step, tap, and hip hop. Cutting edge choreography from Hammerstep meets traditional music and innovative live beats with hip hop flare from DEORO to create a unique presentation. Performances include a Q&A with the artists.

Grammy-nominated DEORO, led by Dave Eggar (cello) with Chuck Palmer (percussion), is known internationally for its remarkable collaborations with artists from Dr. Ralph Stanley and Frank Ocean to the Talaandig tribe of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Garrett Coleman and Jason Oremus are the founders and artistic directors of innovative dance group Hammerstep. Garrett is a two-time world champion of Irish step dance and Jason has won 5 consecutive state and national solo Irish dancing titles. Both have toured professionally with Riverdance. Suggested for ages 5 and up.