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Technology Brings Stars into Libraries

Branches at he Brooklyn & Queens Libraries have been selected by Lincoln Center to participate in a pilot program where HD programming running April through June.  Such programs as Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway…All of ‘em!!!, Audra McDonald in Concert: Go Back Home, and New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma.  At each free Lincoln Center Local HD screening, there are activities to further engage the audience, such as a live performance by a professional artist, as well as complimentary refreshments and discussion following the event. As part of the “pilot” nature of Lincoln Center HD, an event will be held once a month through June at the six participating branch libraries.  The branches participating are Bayside, Ridgewood and Flushing Libraries in Queens and Kensington and Macon Libraries in Brooklyn.  

The programs are provided by Lincoln Center Local HD.  These events, which launched in January, are part of the two-year pilot program that will feature digital streams of programs from Lincoln Center’s growing digital content collection, including programs from the Emmy Award-winning series Live From Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center Local HD pilot program is part of Lincoln Center Education’s (LCE) expanded mission to bring Lincoln Center’s high-quality resources to new and underserved audiences and communities.

Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education, plans to evaluate program to see if there is the potential expansion throughout the five boroughs and beyond. "We want Lincoln Center to be in as many people’s lives as possible," said Granet. "We want to give people access."