Lincoln Center Plans Tributes to Beverly Sills July 3

Classic Arts News   Lincoln Center Plans Tributes to Beverly Sills July 3
In response to today's news of the death of opera star and Lincoln Center leader Beverly Sills, a number of the constituents at Lincoln Center will pay tribute to her tonight.
  • At 7:30 p.m., the thousands of dancers who gather on Josie Robertson Plaza for Midsummer Night Swing will be asked to observe a minute of silence.

  • At the same time, inside Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Philharmonic will begin its concert with a performance of Bernstein's Overture to Candide. In a tradition that began with the death of Bernstein, it will be performed without a conductor.
    Zarin Mehta will speak from the stage. The Philharmonic chose the music because its celebratory nature matched Sills's zest for life.

  • At the same time, the house lights at Avery Fisher Hall and at the New York State Theater will be shut off for one minute.

  • The Metropolitan Opera on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 85) will broadcast tribute performances this week, beginning tonight (July 3) at 9 p.m. with a broadcast of Rossini's The Siege of Corinth from Sills's debut season (1975). Host Margaret Juntwait will give a special introduction about Sills. The tribute continues on Thursday night (July 5) at 9 p.m. with Sills's Met broadcast of Massenet's ThaÇs, and again on Friday night (July 6) at 8 p.m. with a repeat of The Siege of Corinth.
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