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Westminster features Simon & Garfunkel tribute

Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers will recreate Simon & Garfunkel’s historic Central Park concert for the Westminster College Celebrity Series.

After splitting in 1971, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in the New York park on Sept. 19, 1981, that drew a crowd estimated at more than a half million people. The performance featured such songs as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge over Troubled Waters” and “The Sound of Silence” and spawned a platinum-selling live album and HBO special.

Lessack has extensively toured the United States and Europe with his repertoire of favorites from the classic and new American songbook as well as music associated with French artists Charles Aznavour and Piaf. He has released eight albums since 1995, collaborating with such artists as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz.

Rodgers is a singer, songwriter, pianist and Broadway veteran known for his original and classic songs. He tours around the world as Ambassador of American Music on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

As music director and accompanist for Liza Minnelli, Rodgers participated in many of her performances and tours. He wrote the song “I Would Never Leave You,” which he performed with Minnelli in her Broadway concert “Liza’s at the Palace.” That performance won Minnelli a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

“Simon & Garfunkel — Live in Central Park Revisited” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Orr Auditorium at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. Tickets range from $30 to $42 and are available online at www.westminster.edu/ celebrity and by calling 724-946-7354.