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Simon & Garfunkel [Revisited] Performs Infamous Central Park Concert

Award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate Simon & Garfunkel’s 1981 Central Park concert as Simon & Garfunkel [Revisited] at Soka University on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.


Tickets are $45 for adults; and $37 for students, seniors, and active military families. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at or by calling 949‑480‑4ART (4278).


In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the now legendary reunion of folk due Simon & Garfunkel. With dulcet vocals harmonizing over lilting guitar, artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers bring back that incredible show. Lessack’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and Rodgers’s internationally-celebrated musical ability bring back all the beloved poetic masterpieces of Simon & Garfunkel, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and “The Sound of Silence.”

A Philadelphia native, Lee Lessack’s sophisticated yet endearing persona has made him a shining star of the international concert scene. Billboard magazine calls his singing “cabaret romanticism of a high order.” Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing five albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. Johnny Rodgers is a pianist, music ambassador, Broadway star, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden (of the New York Times) as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen, and Johnny Mercer.” Rodgers began his career in Chicago and has since traveled the country and the world making music with acclaimed artists as well as locals of villages across the Middle East and South East Asia.


Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University of America. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed truly to reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility’s electrical needs. Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus is rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018.” The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life.

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Johnny Rodgers and Lee Lessack perform “Sound of Silence”

Event Info:

Simon & Garfunkel [Revisited]

Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.Simo

Soka University of America

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Tickets: $45/$37 students, seniors, and active military families (General Admission)

949-480‑4ART (4278)

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Media Contacts:

Renee Bodie

(949) 480-4821

Gary W. Murphy/Consultant