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December 10, 2018

Live From Lincoln Center Rings In 2019 With New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve featuring Renée Fleming, and Music Director Jaap van Zweden

Live From Lincoln Center


Live From Lincoln Center Rings In 2019 With

New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renée Fleming, and

 Music Director Jaap van Zweden


 Broadcast Features Guest Host Kelli O’Hara, Grammy Award Winner Renée Fleming

and Live From Lincoln Center Debut of New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden


Broadcast Airs Live on PBS December 31, 2018, 9:00 pm*


NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2018) — This New Year’s Eve, Live From Lincoln Center rings in 2019 by celebrating the beautiful intersection of classical music, popular musical theater, and dance. Marking the beginning of Lincoln Center’s 60th anniversary, Grammy winner and beloved soprano Renée Fleming performs as soloist alongside the New York Philharmonic, led by new Music Director Jaap van Zweden in his Live From Lincoln Center debut. Tony winner and Grammy and Emmy nominee Kelli O’Hara guest hosts the broadcast, airing live on PBS Monday, December 31 at 9:00 pm*.


The New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, along with Renée Fleming, perform an eclectic selection of music, from the waltzes of J. Strauss II, polkas, marches, and operetta gems to Broadway hits and film songs. Fleming previously performed on the Live From Lincoln Center stage at the 2016 Richard Tucker Opera Gala and for her intimate concert in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse in 2012. Guest host Kelli O’Hara was featured in the Live From Lincoln Center Emmy-nominated broadcasts of Rodger & Hammerstein’s Carousel in 2013, performed by the New York Philharmonic, and South Pacific in 2010.


“Showcasing the wonderful artistry of the New York Philharmonic on Live From Lincoln Center has become a holiday tradition for us, and for the millions of Americans who watch on PBS each year,” said Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer, Live From Lincoln Center. “We’re especially thrilled to be celebrating New Year’s Eve with the Philharmonic as it marks the beginning of Lincoln Center’s 60th anniversary year.”


Live From Lincoln Center’s New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renée Fleming airs nationally on PBS on Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00–10:30 pm*.


The first Live From Lincoln Center broadcast on New Year’s Eve took place in 1984 and featured the New York Philharmonic, which has appeared nearly every year since, including each of the last 14 years. This episode of Live From Lincoln Center is directed for television by Lonny Price.


*Check local listings


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Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she has sung for momentous occasions, ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. In 2014 she became the first classical artist ever to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.


Ms. Fleming earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for her appearance in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel on Broadway. Heard on the soundtracks of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Shape of Water, she also provided the singing voice of Julianne Moore in the film Bel Canto. Ms. Fleming’s 2018–19 tour schedule includes concerts in Boston, Chicago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris. This June she will make her London theater debut in The Light in the Piazza at Royal Festival Hall.


As artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ms. Fleming spearheads a collaboration with the NIH focused on the science connecting music, wellness, and the brain. She has given 18 presentations with scientists and practitioners across the country on this subject over the past year.


In September Decca released her latest album, Renée Fleming: Broadway. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz, and her album Signatures was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.”


Renée Fleming is the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago and a member of the boards of Carnegie Hall and Sing for Hope. Her awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.


Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O’Hara recently received her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy of Drama Series for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series “The Accidental Wolf”. On Broadway, Kelli’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. She then reprised her Tony Winning role while making her West End debut this past summer for which The Times hailed her as “Broadway musical’s undisputed queen” adding “Kelli O’Hara does not just play Anna, she owns the part”. Other Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of SuccessFolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), and My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Kelli received a 2018 Webby nomination for her role in the hit web-series thriller The Accidental Wolf and appears in the second season of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why. Other film and television credits include Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good FightBlue BloodsAlexander HamiltonN3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. In 2015, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow.  She returned to the opera this past spring as Despina in Così fan tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from New York’s Carnegie Hall all the way to Tokyo. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Along with two Grammy Award nominations, her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records. Upcoming, Kelli will star in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, Spring 2019.


Jaap van Zweden

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. In the 2018–19 season he becomes the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and guest conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has guest conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.


In his inaugural season as New York Philharmonic Music Director, Jaap van Zweden conducts five World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones and presides over pillars that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, and The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. He also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.


In 2018 Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic’s performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 launched the Orchestra’s partnership with Decca Gold, and Maestro van Zweden completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic to record Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Naxos.


Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden became the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at age 19. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996, and was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year in 2012. In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation, which focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism.


New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. Each season the Orchestra connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York and around the world, international broadcasts, albums and digital recordings, and education programs. In 2018–19 Jaap van Zweden begins his tenure as the 26th Music Director, and the Orchestra expands its connection to New York City. Maestro van Zweden leads five World Premieres — by Ashley Fure, Conrad Tao, Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang — and core symphonic masterworks; presides over Music of Conscience, New York Stories: Threads of Our City, and The Art of Andriessen; and welcomes New York’s community and service professionals to Phil the Hall.


The New York Philharmonic has commissioned and/or premiered works by leading composers from every era since its founding in 1842. Highlights include Dvorák’s New World Symphony; Gershwin’s Concerto in F; John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning On the Transmigration of Souls, dedicated to the victims of 9/11; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto; Wynton Marsalis’s The Jungle (Symphony No. 4); and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos. The Philharmonic introduces two new-music series in the 2018–19 season.


A resource for its community and the world, the New York Philharmonic complements annual free concerts across the city — including the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — with Philharmonic Free Fridays and education projects including the famed Young People’s Concerts. Committed to developing tomorrow’s orchestral musicians, the Philharmonic established the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and a residency partnership with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Renowned around the globe, the Orchestra has appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries. Highlights include the 1930 tour of Europe; the 1959 tour of the USSR; the 2008 visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, the first there by an American orchestra; and the Orchestra’s debut in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2009.


A media pioneer, the Philharmonic has made more than 2,000 recordings since 1917, and was the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live. The Philharmonic launched its partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label, in February 2018. In 2016 it produced its first-ever Facebook Live concert broadcast, reaching more than one million online viewers through three broadcasts that season. The Orchestra’s extensive history is available free, online, through the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, which includes every printed program since 1842, plus scores and parts marked by past musicians and Music Directors, including Mahler and Bernstein. By the end of 2018 more than three million pages of documents will be available.


Founded in 1842 by local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Notable figures who have conducted the Philharmonic include Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Copland, and Mitropoulos. Jaap van Zweden becomes Music Director in 2018–19, succeeding musical leaders including Alan Gilbert, Maazel, Masur, Zubin Mehta, Boulez, Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.


Live From Lincoln Center

Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance, and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 44th season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced by Lincoln Center—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and celebrated by 17 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at


Lincoln Center for the Performing

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. For more information, visit

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at or 212.875.5375.



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