Asphalt Orchestra marches back to Lincoln Center!

It came from underground: Asphalt Orchestra marches out of the subway for its debut in August. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

That’s right, the fantastic Asphalt Orchestra, the avant-garde marching band that made its debut during Lincoln Center Out of Doors this summer, is making a comeback tomorrow for a free public preview of Lincoln Center’s newest space, the David Rubenstein Atrium.

Asphalt Orchestra with its inimitable, off-kilter marching band aesthetic kicks off tomorrow’s festivities at noon. And that’s just the beginning. There will be food and other performances well into the evening.

For the full schedule and more photos of Asphalt Orchestra, click through to the jump.

Here’s the schedule, outlined by Bill Bragin, Lincoln Center’s director of public programming:

This Thursday, we invite you to a one-time-only free Community Preview of the new David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday, November 19! This is your chance for a sneak peek into the brand-new public facility, which is now here to offer you greater access to Lincoln Center and the surrounding community.

Target Free Thursdays provide free public performances, Thursday nights at 8:30, every Thursday of the year at the new David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as part of Lincoln Center’s mission to make the vast spectrum of the performing arts available to the broadest possible audience. Follow us on Twitter @LCAtrium or visit
Thursday, November 19 Schedule of Events:


Doors open to the public
Visit the special Target Tent on 62nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, offering free food from Tom Colicchio’s ’wichcraft and information about Target Free Thursdays, and be sure to catch a 20-minute inside-and-outside performance by Asphalt Orchestra, a new marching band conceived by Bang on a Can and commissioned by Lincoln Center.

If you loved the Asphalt Orchestra when they kicked off Lincoln Center Out of Doors this summer or missed them, but read the rave reviews and wanted to see for yourself, now you have a chance, as they help us open the doors with the proper pomp and circumstance.


Performance by the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
(presented in collaboration with The Juilliard School)


Performance by Kubiak-Pakhomov Duo
Pianist and recent BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award winner, pianist Maxim Pakhomov performs with BRIO winning cellist Teresa Kubiak.
(presented in association with Bronx Council on the Arts)


Performance by Sexteto Rodriguez Cuban-Jewish All Stars
Cuban roots dance music blends with Jewish Klezmer creating soulful and fiery grooves.

Those of you who loved Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos at Lincoln Center Out of Doors this summer, or love dancing to classic mambo at Midsummer Night Swing will love Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez’s twist on Latin-Jewish fusion. Roberto’s album Talmud Timba is a fantastic cross-cultural exploration, and he’s put together a very special band for this night. Hope to see you on the dance floor.

Remember, it’s all free. Join us!

Asphalt Orchestra's horns emerge.

The audience for Asphalt Orchestra's debut and world premiere of Stew and Heidi's "Carlton" was so thick the marching band could barely move at times.

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