Art / Culture

New performance series begins in Longwood

Rosalie O'Connor

The New York City Ballet will be performing at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in April, as part of the Boro-Linc program that will bring events to Longwood every Saturday through June 13.

Casita Maria to host Lincoln Center-sponsored events through June

There is now another reason to look forward to springtime and the warm weather that comes along with it. Instead of spending a Saturday afternoon trudging through piles of snow and watching out for black ice, residents will soon be able to enjoy live music performances and add their creative touch to a community mural, all for free.

In an effort to spread the talents of its arts programs beyond the walls of its Manhattan campus, Lincoln Center will be hosting free concerts aimed at families and children every Saturday until June 13 at the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, at 928 Simpson Street. The new program, called Boro-Linc, will premier in the Bronx and eventually expand to other boroughs. 

Each week will feature a different set of performances, workshops and activities led by arts organizations within Lincoln Center, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. The first event on March 7, called “Let Freedom Swing,” will illustrate the ideals of American democracy through the words and music of jazz. March 14 will be a musical “play date,” where musicians from the New York Philharmonic engage children with games, storytelling and great music.

“In addition to inviting families to the Lincoln Center campus, we’re creating an extension to families who may not otherwise have access to such events,” said Eric M. Gewirtz, associate director of public relations at Lincoln Center.

There will also be an interactive mural called the Boro-Linc Community Mural. With no extra charge or need to sign up, community residents will be able to add to the mural with the help of Lincoln Center’s teaching artists.

The Bronx was chosen as the first location thanks to Borough President Ruben Diaz’s strong relationship with Casita Maria.

“Our partnership with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc program will help bring high quality arts experiences to the South Bronx community,” said Casita Maria’s Executive Director Sarah Calderon. “These workshops and performances will build on Casita Maria’s current work by building a sense of place and a vibrant community for our youth and families.”

According to Gewirtz and Elaine Delgado, director of marketing and individual giving at Casita Maria, it is difficult to gauge how many people will attend since no RSVP is required, and none of the events are ticketed.

“We’ll be thrilled to have 150 people show up,” Delgado said.

Whether it’s learning about popular Latino music from 1900 to the 1930s in “Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era” (starting on March 28), or enjoying a poetry slam competition in “Poet-Linc Showcase & Talkback (May 16), residents can expect to have the opportunity to fill their Saturdays with the arts.

Here is the schedule of upcoming Boro-Linc events at Casita:

March 7: Jazz for Young People Tour: “Let Freedom Swing,” Jazz and Democracy at 2:00

Mar 14: Philharmonic Play Dates “Make Believe” at 2:00

Mar 21: Jazz for Young People Tour: “Let Freedom Swing,” Jazz and the Civil Rights Era at 2:00

Mar 28: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Cinekids Film Screening: AninA at 12:00

Apr 4: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Cinekids Film Screening: Una pelicula de Huevos/A Movie of Eggs at 12:00

Apr 11: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00“Let Freedom Swing,” Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance at 2:00

Apr 18: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Chamber Music Beginnings at 2:00

Apr 25: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00NYCB Movement Workshop for Ages 4-7 at 12:00NYCB Movement Workshop for Ages 8-12 at 1:00

May 2: Inside “The Magic Flute,” Introduction to Opera & Mozart at 12:00Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Into the Sun at 2:00

May 9: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Inside “The Magic Flute,” Designing the opera at 12:00

May 16: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Poet-Linc Showcase & Talkback at 12:00Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” HD Film Screening at 2:00

May 23: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Stories and Songs in the Oral Tradition with Charlotte Blake Alston at 2:00

May 30: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00“Cuentos,” with David Gonzalez at 2:00

Jun 6: Orquesta en su Casa: Latino Popular Music in the Early Sound Era at 12:00Kaleidoscope’s “The Land of Musical Opposites” at 2:00

Jun 13: Héctor del Curto Tango Trio at 12:00

 

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