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Arn Chorn-Pond and the Waterek Ensemble

Arn Chorn-Pond survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge by playing music, an inspiring story chronicled in the National Book Award finalist NEVER FALL DOWN and the Emmy-nominated film, The Flute Player. Since then Arn has spent his life revitalizing the traditional art forms of Cambodia – a journey that culminates in the Season of Cambodia festival in New York this spring.

He will perform on April 11 with Master Mek, the beloved music teacher who nurtured Arn with his strong and gentle presence during their time together in a Khmer Rouge death camp — an evening that is sure to be an emotional high point of the festival.

The evening will also feature an excerpt of The Flute Player and a tribute to Pond and Mek by author Patricia McCormick. The Waterek Ensemble, a group of musicians who perform on both traditional and contemporary instruments, will also perform. Waterek brings music to isolated parts of Cambodia, including communities of former Khmer Rouge soldiers.

This event is free and open to the public.

This spring, audiences in New York and the surrounding area will have the unique opportunity to see these two incredible musicians perform together. The two will also tour this spring, performing at the Packer School in Brooklyn and the Watkinson School in Connecticut, as well as select private performances.

Season of Cambodia is a unique initiative of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), a Phnom Penh-based NGO founded in 1998 by Arn Chorn-Pond to preserve Cambodia’s traditional art forms.

The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

The David Rubenstein Atrium, a vibrant public visitors’ and ticketing facility on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets is open daily with an array of services for local residents, the general public, and the thousands of people who visit Lincoln Center and the surrounding community every day.

The David Rubenstein Atrium, formerly known as the Harmony Atrium, is one of approximately 503 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in New York City created under a longstanding program that offers zoning incentives for buildings to provide accessible public spaces. The Harmony Atrium was originally conceived as a lively gathering place for local residents as well as visitors, and The David Rubenstein Atrium proudly fulfills this original vision.

The facility is named in honor of the philanthropist, financier, and Vice Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts David Rubenstein, in recognition of his $10 million gift to the Bravo Campaign. The Tod Williams Billie Tsien design reflects a respect for the materials used throughout Lincoln Center and provides an open, accessible, and inviting environment. The Atrium is the first LEED certified, “green” building on the Lincoln Center campus.

Target Free Thursdays provide free public performances, Thursday nights at 7:30, unless otherwise noted, every Thursday of the year at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage, making the vast spectrum of the performing arts available to the broadest possible audience.

Curated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Target® Free Thursdays performances feature national and international touring artists as well as local artists from around the New York metropolitan area. The series also features artists from Lincoln Center’s resident organizations including The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Chamber Music Society, among others, along with artists curated by community-based partners. Target Free Thursdays represent a diverse cross-section of musical genres, including pop, Latin, rock, soul, country, spoken word, jazz, and world music, as well as classical and new music. Select performances will also feature live music for social dancing including swing, salsa, and tango.

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