WESTFIELD, NJ - In a continuing effort to bring the most exciting new programs to Westfield, the Westfield Memorial Library has become a partner in the “Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Series,” one of the first libraries in New Jersey to do so. The series of select Lincoln Center performances continues on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. with a video of the New York Philharmonic 2012 Gala with violinist Itzhak Perlman. This date was rescheduled from November.


The gala was originally recorded at Avery Fisher Hall on September 27, 2012. Audra McDonald hosts a festive spectacular night of classical music, as Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Respighi's sparkling “Pines of Rome.”


Library Director Phil Israel said, “We are excited to be able to bring world-class performances to the Library, and we are happy to be part of the world’s largest performing arts complex. Our goal is to continue to enrich the lives of our patrons with high-quality arts programming in their own backyard.”

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In 2016, the library will stream four Broadway-inspired shows: Kristin Chenoweth: “The Dames of Broadway …All of ‘Em!!!!” on Saturday, February 20; “Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration” on Saturday, May 14; Patina Miller in Concert on Saturday, July 9; and “One Singular Sensation! Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch” on October 15. All shows are at 2:00 p.m.


The Free Screening Series is generously funded through support from the Oak Foundation, Altman Foundation and Booth Ferris Foundation.


The screenings are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.


For more information about library programs and services, call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”