Press Release Article

ONSTAGE AT THE TWIN TOWERS ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2001 SCHEDULE -- Four Months Of Free Music, Dance, Theatre Performances Begin June 8

Date: May 17, 2001
Press Release Number: 76-2001

The World Trade Center\'s Austin J. Tobin Plaza will come alive again this summer with four months of free entertainment for every taste as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey once again hosts OnStage at the Twin Towers.

The free concerts, which The Village Voice has called the \"best outdoor free summer series in the city,\" will include some of the biggest names in pop, jazz, blues, country, salsa; new folk and Celtic music series; as well as theater, music and dance performances by world-renowned artists.

OnStage at the Twin Towers includes 10 weeks of lunchtime and evening CenterStage concerts from late June through August. In addition, a return engagement of “Visa Presents Evening Stars” (co-sponsored by Visa and the Port Authority, and produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) will bookend the CenterStage concert series with two weeks of performances each in June and September. The Port Authority will also sponsor additional Evening Stars concerts on weekends in July and August.

The CenterStage series - returning for a 15th season - features headliners like folk legend Janis Ian, blues legend Odetta, classic acts like Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone, country superstars Billy Gilman and Terri Clark, jazz performers Ken Navarro and Walter Beasley. New this year is the first free summer-long Celtic series in New York, which will feature such stars as Solas, Great Big Sea, Cherish the Ladies and Paddy Reilly. Also part of the series is the 9th Annual Children’s Day on June 9th, presented by the Port Authority in association with Thirteen/WNET and featuring special guests Rosanne Cash, Dan Zanes and a special performance of Arthur: A Live Adventure! celebrating 25 years of America’s favorite 8 year old aardvark.

Cherrie Nanninga, Director of the Port Authority’s Real Estate Department, said, “Lower Manhattan is much more than a financial center - it\'s a residential area and a great attraction for tourists and shoppers. With nearly four months of summer concerts, the Port Authority’s OnStage at the Twin Towers has also helped make it a showcase for entertainment and popular culture. This year’s series includes more than 100 outdoor performances - a 25 percent increase over last year\'s schedule, which attracted a record 300,000 fans to the Austin J. Tobin Plaza.”

Alan Reiss, Director of the World Trade Center, said \"The World Trade Center was the catalyst for Lower Manhattan\'s expansion beyond a business center and transportation hub into a 24-7 entertainment, shopping and dining destination. The Port Authority is proud to be part of this community-focused program.\"