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Sat, November 25
@ 2:30 p.m.
The Greats: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt
Library perennial favorite pianist Benjamin Bradham returns to perform a program of masterworks by "the greats." Program: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Franz Liszt (1811-1886). The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admissio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 27
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook: Broadway's Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, and produced and directed by John Znidarsic. Presented in collaboration with Arts and Artists of the Future. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not perm…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 28
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, November 29
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Doris Humphrey- UPDATED 11/20/2017
UPDATE - 11/20/2017: Due to health issues, Marcia B. Siegel is unfortunately unable to travel to NYC to host the November 29, 2017, Dance Historian is In: Doris Humphrey screening. Either Linda Murray or Daisy Pommer will present films and videos selected by Marcia from our collection. Please note, this event is sold out. Reserve your seat HERE starting October 29, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
Thu, November 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Moving America: Katherine Dunham
In her new book, Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora, author Joanna Dee Das argues that Dunham was more than a dancer - she was a feminist intellectual and activist who used dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history and forge a new future. Through her performances, through the schools she established in St Louis, Chicago, and New York, and through her diverse network of admirers, inclu…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 2
@ 2:30 p.m.
American Encounters: New Century Voices
The New York Classical Players launch a new season of “Encounters” concerts that explore the rich holdings of American chamber music in the archival collections of The Library for the Performing Arts. Each born in the first decade of the twentieth century, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber matured as composers, while our country endured two world wars and the Depression. Join us for an afternoon of archival display, friendly, informative conversation, plus performances of music that soothed a war…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 4
@ 6 p.m.
Navidad Flamenca
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Through music, carols and dance, highlights traditions united by a single language, reflecting the influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas. Recommended Reading/Viewing: 1. Flamenco: passion, politics, and popular culture (Book) 2. Flamenco (DVD) 3. Flamenco: the art of flamenco, its history, and development…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 5
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 5
@ 7 p.m.
Art to Share from Japan and South Africa
Join us for a second evening of casual conversation and communal creativity, celebrating the 10th anniversary of New York Foundation for the Arts' Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. Japanese writer Meg Kaizu and South African costume designer Maureen Freeman share their immigration stories and their work, and lead a communal art-making activity. Reserve your seat HERE starting November 5, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Wed, December 6
@ 6 p.m.
Revise and Extend: Jane Alexander for Arts in America 
In October 1997, after four years fighting for federal government support of art in America, Jane Alexander resigned as chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts. During her Four-year term, as fierce critics worked to eliminate her agency, Alexander tirelessly championed the NEA’s cause through congressional hearings, television interviews, and appearances in communities across the United States. Twenty years later, the NEA is threatened again. Now untethered by office or protocol, Tony…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 7
@ 6 p.m.
Shelf Life: New Works, Made from the Archives
Culminating an intense semester of research and creative experimentation, New School University students, led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom, present new music and theater works inspired by and incorporating the Library’s archives. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting November 7, 2017. Music Library Bronze statue of Mozart by Barrias (original in Vienna), presented to Music Library by Mrs. Sandor Harmati (If you need assistance with online re…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 9
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
The Cameraman
Buster Keaton’s first starring feature for MGM, The Cameraman (1928), finds him as a timid New York City tintype photographer who becomes a newsreel man with some help from pretty Marceline Day and Josephine the monkey. Partially shot in NYC, there’s great footage of 5th Avenue and Yankee Stadium. Charlie Chaplin opens the show for Buster in Behind the Screen (1916) where Charlie has his own troubles with movie making.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 11
@ 6 p.m.
History by Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time TONY Award nominated composer, lyricist, and librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center, and include Giant, Queen of the Mist (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Musical), See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, Bernarda Alba, Hello Again, Little Fish, First Daughter Suite, and Four Short Operas:…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 12
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 7 p.m.
Toscanini’s American Anthems
On December 13, 1941, in their first broadcast after the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra presented a commemorative program of American music, including Barber’s mournful Adagio for Strings, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” and Toscanini’s own rousing arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Listen to America in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a radio collage featuring the December 13th NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast, plus excerpts from the Bel…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 6 p.m.
The Chamberlain Brass
Take an exhilarating journey through four centuries of musical history, as The Chamberlain Brass celebrates the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. With exquisite musicianship and delightful narration, The Chamberlain Brass performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras, plus selections from the great American Songbook and jazz favorites.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 16
@ 2:30 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admi…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 12 noon
Exhibition Programs
Lunch Time Tour: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division, leads a tour of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition, examining in detail Leonard Bernstein's theatrical works, including his breakout Broadway hit On the Town, his most revered masterpiece West Side Story, plus works from later in his career, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Mass. Reserve your spot HERE starting November 18, 2017. This program is an exhibition tour, so participants will be wal…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Donald and Mary Oenslager GalleryAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 6 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admi…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 19
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 21
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Bernstein on Film: On the Waterfront
Directed by Elia Kazan 108 minutes, 1954 Leonard Bernstein’s only original film score brings a mournful and percussive sound to this classic tale of corruption on the New York docks. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, but while Bernstein’s score was nominated it ultimately lost to Dimitri Tiomkin’s more radio-friendly music for The High and the Mighty. Reportedly frustrated by the fragmentation and dialed-down volume of his music — a given in any…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, December 27
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Holiday Treat: Playhouse 90: The Nutcracker
In conjunction with LPA's Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® exhibit, guest host Alastair Macaulay will screen a 1958 television adaptation of the ballet, featuring Mr. Balanchine as Herr Drosselmeyer. Reserve your seat HERE starting November 27, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
Mon, January 8
@ 6 p.m.
Shakespeare Redress: Joe Papp’s Naked Hamlet 1968
Fifty years ago: the Vietnam War raged; Laugh In debuted; students protested at Howard and Harvard; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated. In New York City, Joe Papp, the restless, young champion of free Shakespeare for all, responded to the angst of the nation with a radical reinvention of Hamlet. Papp said his “production aimed radioactive iridium 192 at the nineteenth century Hamlet statue, and by gamma ray shadowgraphing [discovered] the veins of the living original, buried…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 9
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 16
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, January 18
@ 6 p.m.
Davalois Fearon: Finding Her History
Davalois Fearon is a critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, including at the Joyce Theater, E-Moves 17 dance series, The Dance Enthusiast “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Roulette, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, as well as in Berkeley (CA),…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 23
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 23
@ 7 p.m.
Bernstein Family Memories 
Bob Santelli, curator of the centennial exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, leads a conversation with Jamie Anne Bernstein, Nina Maria Felicia Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and other special guests. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting December 23, 2017. Leonard Bernstein key sheet (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservat…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, January 25
@ 6 p.m.
Bernstein Findings: What is American Music?
January 18, 1950 – WNYC, live from Tanglewood: “Here, seated around two pianos are four of the leading American composers – Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Lucas Foss, and Irving Fine… Probably the best way to give you a good picture of what American music promises for the future, is to just throw the topic to the four gentlemen, like tossing it to the lions, as it were, and let them bat it around…” As part of our Bernstein centennial celebration, the Library reconsiders the question “What is…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, January 26
@ 10 a.m.
Jerome Robbins Symposium
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins, with a day-long symposium, featuring presentations by Library fellows, including Alastair Macaulay, Julie Lemberger, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ninotchka Bennahum, Robert Greskovic, and Hiie Saumaa. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting December 26, 2017. Fancy Free [1946] (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Linc…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, January 27
@ 2:30 p.m.
American Encounters: American Quartet
One of the great treasures of the Library’s music archives is a receipt. Dated 1893, it is a signed acknowledgment of a $2,000 salary payment to the distinguished Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak, who had traveled across the world to direct our nation’s fledgling National Conservatory of Music. During his legendary years in America, Dvorak inspired a new generation of young composers to listen to songs of marginalized peoples and create uniquely “American Music.” His influence continued to reson…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, January 29
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook: Broadway's Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, and produced and directed by John Znidarsic. Presented in collaboration with Arts and Artists of the Future. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not perm…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 7 p.m.
Music for a City Under Siege
Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Symphony no. 7, as Nazi bombs exploded outside his windows. Under siege in the city of Leningrad, Shostakovich wrote an epic symphony that seemed to mock the evil violence of the Nazis and celebrate the unbreakable will of the Russian people. The score, copied to microfilm, was smuggled across the world and delivered to Toscanini. On July 19, 1942, the NBC Symphony premiered the work as an airborne weapon for freedom. Hear the legendary broadcast of Shostakovich’s “…

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults