The series includes world-class music, dance and theater, all performed for free at neighborhood libraries. The program runs from July through September, with one-hour performances happening throughout Queens and, for the first season ever, Brooklyn.
“Queen’s Library’s partnership with Lincoln Center Local makes high-end performing arts accessible to everyone,” Queens Library COO Bridget Quinn Carey said, “which is what we do here at Queens Library — make everything the world has to offer accessible to anyone who visits us in person or online.”
In addition to the free performance, the audience can participate in a question-and-answer session with the artists after each show.
“The educational opportunity is especially unique, because it brings customarily exclusive entertainment to our local neighborhood libraries for free and gives people a chance to interact with the artists,” Quinn Carey said.
Lincoln Center Local representative Hillary McAndrew Plate called Lincoln Center Local “one of the most successful outbound series Lincoln Center has ever seen,” which has allowed for extra programs and sets, in addition to the expansion to Brooklyn, this season.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who serves as the Chair of Cultural Affairs, noted the importance of the continuing success of the program.
“It’s not only continuing, but it’s expanding,” Van Bramer said. “Which is really important to note, that this program is expanding to more libraries, more boroughs. That includes more performers, more performances and more special moments.”
There will be a total of 14 different programs of all varieties at 14 community libraries this summer.
Library patrons helped curate the selection of performers by voting from a list of 36 choices. Over 10,000 ballots were submitted both in paper and online.
The act that received the highest number of votes — the Villalobos Brothers, a violin virtuoso trio — will have a free encore presentation on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium.
Library cardholders will be able to enter a raffle at each Lincoln Center Local Live event in order to win guaranteed entry to the encore event and a round-trip MetroCard to get to Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
For those who cannot make the trip, the encore presentation will be live-streamed to 18 library venues in Queens and Brooklyn.
The Villalobos Brothers were joined by Arabic music and dance group Zikrayat to launch the summer series at the Broadway branch, each giving the audience a taste of the talent to come with a brief performance out on the library steps.
With programs ranging from flamenco to gospel to opera, Quinn Carey believes this is sure to be one of the summer’s best free performance series.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of what has to be the very best bargain New York has to offer,” she said.