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October 04, 2016

Lincoln Center Presents Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba, A Special One-Night Only Performance Featuring Joshua Bell with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana

Live From Lincoln Center

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Concert to Be Broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS

December 16, 2016, 9:00 pm (check local listings)

Part of PBS Arts Fall Festival


NEW YORK, NY (October 4, 2016) — Lincoln Center announces a special concert event featuring the Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell, bridging cultural divides in a performance with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and some of Cuba’s most renowned artists. This one-night only event marks the U.S. debut of the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, conducted by Daiana García, and takes place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 8:30 pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. This event is also part of Lincoln Center’s Fall Gala, honoring Laurie M. Tisch with the Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award. It will be captured for a Live From Lincoln Center episode, airing nationally as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, December 16, 2016 (check local listings).


Earlier this year, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities asked Joshua Bell to be a member of the first official government-to-government bilateral initiative in the wake of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. The mission was to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people through the universal language of the arts. The upcoming concert in New York continues this important artistic dialogue.


The concert will include performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Ástor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires—a set of four tango compositions—by Joshua Bell and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, which is composed of some of Cuba’s most accomplished classical musicians. The performance will also feature traditional and contemporary music from acclaimed Cuban artists and others, building a bridge between Cubans and American artists in a new landscape of cultural diplomacy. Joining Joshua Bell and the orchestra will be pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán, singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, and soprano Larisa Martínez, all of whom participated in the historic trip in April. The concert will also feature pianist Jorge Gómez, bassist Julio González Ochoa, pianist Orlando Alonso, percussionist Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, drummer Yissy Garciá Calzadilla, and saxophonist Yosvany Terry.


Special guest Dave Matthews, who was also a member of the delegation to Cuba, will perform several of his own songs collaborating with Joshua Bell, the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, and the guest artists.


The live concert event and television broadcast are produced and directed by multiple Emmy Award winner Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center.


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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, 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 40 years 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, The 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, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit


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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 42nd 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 16 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at and For more about upcoming broadcasts, visit


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Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by a major grant from MetLife.


In addition to underwriting from MetLife, the series is also made possible with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center and the Travel Underwriter for Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


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Caption: Joshua Bell
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Caption: Dave Matthews
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