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San Juan Hill: A New York Story

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The anticipated reopening of David Geffen Hall kicks off with a pair of concerts featuring Etienne Charles’ new work, San Juan Hill: A New York Story—performed by Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Co-presented by Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. An immersive multimedia work, San Juan Hill: A New York Story transports the audience via music, visuals, and original first-person accounts of the history of the San Juan Hill neighborhood and the indigenous and immigrant communities that populated the land on which Lincoln Center resides. A multitude of musical elements—from ragtime, jazz, stride piano, swing, blues, mambo, paseo, antillean waltz, calypso, funk, disco, and hip hop—are woven together with historical film and present-day interviews to showcase the myriad musical styles and culture that were brought to New York by migrants from the south and the Caribbean.

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