Ogdensburg Command Performances presents re-creation of 1981 Simon and Garfunkel concert Thursday
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 5:38 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg Command Performances will present LIVE in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon & Garfunkel, a recreation of the iconic 1981 reunion concert featuring award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers on May 16.

Curtain time is 7:45 in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chats will be held one hour before the performance.

For tickets, $19 to $43 [discounts for seniors, students, groups of 15 or more, and “Friends”] call 315-393-2625 or visit ILoveTheatre.org.

Lessack and Rodgers will perform all the masterpieces heard on the night that half a million people gathered in Central Park to witness musical history.

The duo revisits the exact set list, a repertoire of lyrical masterpieces that includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Trouble Water,” the “Sound of Silence,” and many more.

This is not an impersonation, but an homage by two exciting and perfectly matched performers who have headlined in venues around the world, said a press release from OCP.

Lee Lessack’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated and engaging persona have made him a shining star on the international concert scene, the press release said. Billboard Magazine calls his singing “vocal romanticism of a high order.”

He has toured extensively in the United States and Europe and has released eight recordings since 1995, the latest being Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel! with Johnny Rodgers.

For a full discography, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7nmndtm

Johnny Rodgers is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway veteran, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden from The New York Times, as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Pater Allen, and Johnny Mercer,” the press release said.

As an ambassador of American Music, Johnny Rodgers dazzles audiences with his Americana mélange of original songs and classic favorites. He tours for the US State Department to places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Rodgers has toured Russia and performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, with Igor Butman and his Jazz Orchestra as well as for the US Embassy Independence Day Celebration and the Grodno Jazz Festival in Minsk, Belarus.

This performance is made possible with funds from Northern New York Community Foundation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.