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The New-York Historical Society is proud to announce a partnership with Bank of America to bring free cultural programming to the Upper West Side on Friday nights in the spring of 2013.

With its generous support, Bank of America has made possible a suite of concerts that will celebrate notable musical styles and acclaimed musicians who helped shape the creative spirit of a nation during WWII and its aftermath. Bank of America also joins us in presenting “World War II and Its Legacy in Film,” our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series on Free Friday Nights which includes major musicals, comedies, and dramas of the time with opening remarks by notable directors, editors, writers, actors, and historians. The films and concerts both complement New-York Historical’s blockbuster exhibition WWII & NYC.

“Access to the arts remains a focus of ours, here in New York City and throughout the country,” said Jeff Barker, New York City president, Bank of America. “New-York Historical offers an incredible selection of programming, which should be shared with the widest audience possible.”

The Free Friday Night Concerts will feature Jay Leonhart, a world-renowned bassist and songwriter who has been performing professionally for more than fifty years. Throughout his illustrious career, he has performed with many legendary musicians of the twentieth century, including Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Barbara Cook, among others. He has recorded numerous solo albums and continues to tour nationally. He will be joined by his family, friends, and special guests for the concerts.

Highlights from the spring "World War II and Its Legacy in Film" series include: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) on March 1 at 7 pm, introduced by Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer; Wuthering Heights (1939) on April 19 at 7 pm, with film director William Wyler's daughter Catherine Wyler in conversation with Lesley Stahl; and the great romantic British classic I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) on May 31 at 7 pm, introduced by Martin Scorsese's longtime award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

In addition to attending the concerts and films, audience members will also be able to enjoy extended Museum hours before the evening’s cultural program—during which they can explore fascinating exhibitions and robust collections of art, artifacts, documents, and ephemera relating to the history of New York and the nation.

It's Been a Long, Long Time: Songs of Longing and Joy from World War II
Friday, March 15, 2013 | 7 pm

The Life and Music of Judy Garland
Friday, April 5, 2013 | 7 pm

Frank Sinatra: "Here's To Ol’ Blue Eyes!"
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 7 pm

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Harold Holzer, Ron Simon
Friday, March 8, 2013 | 7 pm
As the war raged in Europe, Americans found solace and inspiration in a film chronicling the nation’s greatest president and his electrifying rise to national prominence. Directed by John Cromwell. Starring Raymond Massey. 110 min.

The Gang’s All Here (1943)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Richard Brody, Will Friedwald
Friday, March 22, 2013 | 7 pm
Two experts celebrate this classic musical in which a soldier’s budding romance is complicated by his posting in the Pacific...and by his fiancée! Directed by Busby Berkeley. Starring Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker. 103 min.

That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Michael Korda
Friday, March 29, 2013 | 7 pm
Michael Korda discusses the great romance of Lady Hamilton and Admiral Nelson and how their love saved England. The film, made with Churchill’s input and encouragement, compares Britain’s struggle against Napoleon to its resistance against Hitler’s plans for world domination. Directed by Alexander Korda. Starring Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray. 128 min.

Wuthering Heights (1939)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Catherine Wyler, Lesley Stahl
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 7 pm
The tumultuous feelings of a world on the brink of war are reflected in this riveting adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel of love and betrayal. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier. 103 min.

Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Adam Gopnik, Richard Brody
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 7 pm
Adam Gopnik and Richard Brody dive into Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, in which a young reporter struggles to uncover Nazi agents in Britain. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 120 min.

In a Lonely Place (1950)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Adam Gopnik, Richard Brody
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 7 pm
Adam Gopnik and Richard Brody discuss one of Bogart’s finest and lesser-known film performances in this postwar film noir murder mystery. Directed by Nicholas Ray. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame. 94 min.

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Will Friedwald, Ron Simon
Friday, May 24, 2013 | 7 pm
Join us for Fleet Week! Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly star as sailors looking for love while on shore leave in Los Angeles in this classic wartime musical. Directed by George Sidney. Starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson. 143 min.

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Thelma Schoonmaker
Friday, May 31, 2013 | 7 pm
Thelma Schoonmaker, the Academy Award-winning editor renowned for her work with Martin Scorsese, talks about her late husband Michael Powell’s masterpiece – a wartime romance between a fiery young woman and a naval officer on shore leave. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Pamela Brown. 88 min.

They Were Expendable (1945)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Featuring: Mary Owen, Craig L. Symonds, Ron Simon
Friday, June 7, 2013 | 7 pm
John Ford’s classic war film depicts the courage and strength of the PT boat crews serving in the Philippines in the days after Pearl Harbor. Directed by John Ford. Starring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed. 135 min.

About New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

The New-York Historical Society is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

About Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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