The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, which kicks off its 33rd season next week, is not only an important cultural resource for the Bronx community, but is also an increasingly popular attraction for audiences across the five boroughs and beyond. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts has attracted big name performers like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson.
Executive Director Eva Bornstein says from the stars on stage to the first time visitors, the reaction is always the same.
"The reaction is spellbinding," Bornstein said. "They cannot believe the Bronx has such a magnificent facility, and really, we pride ourselves on being a Lincoln Center in the Bronx."
This new season kicks off September 28, with Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri performing a major new work. Tango Fire will also take the stage.
There are also many classical offerings, including the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, the Moscow Classical Ballet doing "The Nutcracker" and the Shanghai Ballet doing "The Butterfly Lovers."
Also coming this season is a state of the art video system that will allow for multi-media performances. For audience members running late to a performance, this new system is good news.
"Audiences that occasionally run late will be able to see the performances in the lobby on monitors," Bornstein said.
NY1: Here we are, we're in the third row, but I don't think there's a bad seat in the house here.
Bornstein: You are so observant. Lehman Center is known for having all the great 2,330 seats. It has been built 33 years ago, and this is our 33rd season, and was inaugurated by the New York Philharmonic, so not only it has great seats, it has superb acoustics.
Performances are also affordable. Ticket prices start as low as $25 dollars for almost every performance, with children's prices at just $10.
Plus, there is onsite parking for $5, or people can take the subway.