2014 | 2015 Season

Schimmel Center Events

September 5th at 7:30pm

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

Indo-American Arts Council in collaboration with Pace University presents the annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (more)
Indo-American Arts Council in collaboration with Pace University presents the annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance.

For more information:
www.iaac.us
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September 21st at 3:00pm

Voce Rising Opera Stars in Recital: Julia Bullock and Joseph Kaiser with Pianist Steven Blier

An exciting afternoon of French/American art songs programed by renowned accompianist Steve Blier. Featuring rising Soprano Julia Bullock and charismatic Tenor, Joseph Kaiser. (more)
Declared, “ravishingly visceral,” by The New York Times, the rising soprano star, Julia Bullock was the Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition. Audiences across the nation from San Francisco to New York have come to marvel at her, “clarity of delivery and beauty of sound” (Opera News). She is joined on stage by the charismatic tenor, Joseph Kaiser hailed for his beauty of tone and innate sense of style and elegance. Mr. Kaiser is perhaps best recognized by mainstream audiences as Tamino in the Kenneth Branagh, 2007 film adaptation of The Magic Flute. The afternoon is programed by renowned accompanist, Steven Blier.

For more information:
www.juliabullocksoprano.com
www.josephkaiser.com
http://www.nyfos.org/blier_bio.html





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September 27th at 2:00pm

Gustafer Yellowgold Family Show

Come visit Gustafer Yellowgold, a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun, and now lives as an explorer in the Minnesota woods! He has many stories to share – all with live music.  (more)
Come visit Gustafer Yellowgold, a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun, and now lives as an explorer in the Minnesota woods! He has many stories to share – all with live music.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

For more information:
www.gustaferyellowgold.com


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September 28th at 2:00pm

Seven Chances Silent Films with Live Accompaniment by Ben Model

Poor James Shannon (Keaton) and his girl are madly in love but, season after season, he just can't get up the nerve to propose (more)

SEVEN CHANCES

Starring Buster Keaton, with Snitz Edwards, T. Roy Barnes, Ruth Dwyer and Jules Cowles

Directed by Buster Keaton

Released March 1925 by Metro-Goldwyn

Poor James Shannon (Keaton) and his girl are madly in love but, season after season, he just can't get up the nerve to propose. That is, until he receives a telegram informing him that he will inherit 7 million dollars, provided he is married...by 7pm that day! Shannon completely fumbles the proposal, and embarks on a quest for a bride before the appointed time. A string of hilarious proposal attempts ensues, culminating in one of the wildest comedy chases in silent film that involves a huge posse of brides, a spate of boulders and a snapping turtle. This edition includes a new digital restoration of the film's technicolor prologue. All this, plus a surprise short subject.

Running Time: 76 minutes with no intermission

Silent Films Series Curated by Ben Model


Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 30+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 17th season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA, and also programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

For more information:

Twitter: @silentfilmmusic

www.silentfilmmusic.com

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October 1st at 12:15pm

Great Masters Series: Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and the Early Renaissance in Italy. Antique influences, linear beauty, grace, and anatomical anomalies. (more)
Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and the Early Renaissance in Italy. Antique influences, linear beauty, grace, and anatomical anomalies.

The Great Masters Lecture Series continues with four more of the greatest artists of all time. These richly-illustrated lectures offer an in-depth examination of four artistic geniuses chosen to represent four different eras, artistic styles, and countries. Begin in the Early Renaissance in Italy with Botticelli’s fluid charm and ideal of feminine beauty. Continue to the Romantic era in Spain with Goya’s powerful emotion—in paintings and in prints. In the Impressionist era in France, Rodin was the unrivaled sculptor—yet his work was at times indistinguishable from that of his lover, Camille Claudel. And the Russian-born Chagall continued to paint joyous recollections of his early life in Russia throughout a long, productive life.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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October 5th at 7:30pm

Gypsy Brass Legends: Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar Hüsnü Şenlendirici

Regarded around the world as one of the best brass bands on the planet, twelve-member Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar is the quintessential Serbian Gypsy brass band moving between Turkish Gypsy rhythms and ballistic Balkan and funk grooves. (more)
Regarded around the world as one of the best brass bands on the planet, twelve-member Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar is the quintessential Serbian Gypsy brass band moving between Turkish Gypsy rhythms and ballistic Balkan and funk grooves –all solidly based in the old traditions of the Roma. Making a US debut, the famed Turkish Gypsy clarintist Hüsnü Şenlendirici will join the Orkestar.

"Wild brass playing that would make a New Orleans marching band stop and stare..." - Boston Herald

Curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org

Part of the 10th annual NY Gypsy Festival.
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October 8th at 12:15pm

Great Masters Series: Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) and Romanticism in Spain. Sparkling paintings with dashing brushwork, revealing portraits of Spanish royalty, and caustic political and social criticism. (more)
Francisco Goya (1746-1828) and Romanticism in Spain. Sparkling paintings with dashing brushwork, revealing portraits of Spanish royalty, and caustic political and social criticism.

The Great Masters Lecture Series continues with four more of the greatest artists of all time. These richly-illustrated lectures offer an in-depth examination of four artistic geniuses chosen to represent four different eras, artistic styles, and countries. Begin in the Early Renaissance in Italy with Botticelli’s fluid charm and ideal of feminine beauty. Continue to the Romantic era in Spain with Goya’s powerful emotion—in paintings and in prints. In the Impressionist era in France, Rodin was the unrivaled sculptor—yet his work was at times indistinguishable from that of his lover, Camille Claudel. And the Russian-born Chagall continued to paint joyous recollections of his early life in Russia throughout a long, productive life.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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October 11th at 7:30pm

Loudon Wainwright III

Perhaps best known for his novelty song, “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and numerous appearances in the hit films of Judd Apatow, Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career. (more)
Perhaps best known for his novelty song, “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and numerous appearances in the hit films of Judd Apatow, Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career. Highlights include more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and two previous Grammy nominations. His 2012 recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. And in 2014, “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)” — marks his the 26th career release to-date.

For more information:
www.lw3.com
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October 12th at 7:30pm

The Sarod Project: Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan with Issa Malluf and Anubrata Chatterjee

A new project of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, widely considered today’s greatest sarod (lute) player whose legacy goes back six generations and whose ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over several hundred years, and his sons. (more)
A new project of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, widely considered today’s greatest sarod (lute) player whose legacy goes back six generations and whose ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over several hundred years, and his sons. This concert in three segments features a sarod solo represeting music from different regions of India and the Middle East; a sarod duet by Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan; and a sarod trio joined by two consummate percussionists, Issa Malluf on Middle Eastern percussion and Anubrata Chatterjee on tabla.

The artists will perform North Indian classical ragas on the sarod, a stunning fretless stringed instrument able to produce swooping melismatic slides between notes by using strong pressure of the long metal fingerboard

Curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org
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October 15th at 12:15pm

Great Masters Series: Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Impressionist sculpture in France. Carved or cast, the human body reveals a range of emotions. Rodin’s relationship with the sculptor Camille Claudel. (more)
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Impressionist sculpture in France. Carved or cast, the human body reveals a range of emotions. Rodin’s relationship with the sculptor Camille Claudel.

The Great Masters Lecture Series continues with four more of the greatest artists of all time. These richly-illustrated lectures offer an in-depth examination of four artistic geniuses chosen to represent four different eras, artistic styles, and countries. Begin in the Early Renaissance in Italy with Botticelli’s fluid charm and ideal of feminine beauty. Continue to the Romantic era in Spain with Goya’s powerful emotion—in paintings and in prints. In the Impressionist era in France, Rodin was the unrivaled sculptor—yet his work was at times indistinguishable from that of his lover, Camille Claudel. And the Russian-born Chagall continued to paint joyous recollections of his early life in Russia throughout a long, productive life.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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October 18th at 7:30pm

American Showstoppers: Cy Coleman

This concert will feature the top Cy Coleman hit songs as well as solid gold gems that deserve another hearing, as they were always meant to be heard – sung and danced by top-notch performers with a top-notch orchestra. (more)
Broadway composer Cy Coleman once summed up his show business philosophy in a conversation with conductor-arranger Fred Barton:  “I like to entertain.”

And entertain he did, in a prolific series of the most high-octane, brassy Broadway scores ever written, including SWEET CHARITY, SEESAW, LITTLE ME, BARNUM, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, and Broadway’s ultimate big-band swing show, CITY OF ANGELS.  His shelf was lined with Tony Awards and his songs set millions of toes tapping throughout his over 40-year career.

Featuring stars from Coleman’s musicals including: Dee Hoty ( THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and CITY OF ANGELS), and Sam Harris (THE LIFE), Terri White (BARNUM and WELCOME TO THE CLUB), as well as Kevin Earley, Deidre Goodwin, Damon Kirsche, Jesse Luttrell, Karen Murphy, Lindsay Roginski, and Leslie Stevens.

Fred Barton, collaborator with Cy Coleman on three of his productions, now brings the powerful pulse of Coleman’s Broadway sound back where it belongs, front and center, with a hot swing orchestra and a cast of Broadway singers and dancers.

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October 22nd at 12:15pm

Great Masters Series: Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Expressionism in Russia. From Jewish life in a Russian village, to France, and the US, colorful paintings filled with fantastic imagery and joy.  (more)
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Expressionism in Russia. From Jewish life in a Russian village, to France, and the US, colorful paintings filled with fantastic imagery and joy.

The Great Masters Lecture Series continues with four more of the greatest artists of all time. These richly-illustrated lectures offer an in-depth examination of four artistic geniuses chosen to represent four different eras, artistic styles, and countries. Begin in the Early Renaissance in Italy with Botticelli’s fluid charm and ideal of feminine beauty. Continue to the Romantic era in Spain with Goya’s powerful emotion—in paintings and in prints. In the Impressionist era in France, Rodin was the unrivaled sculptor—yet his work was at times indistinguishable from that of his lover, Camille Claudel. And the Russian-born Chagall continued to paint joyous recollections of his early life in Russia throughout a long, productive life.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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October 25th at 2:00pm

Okee Dokee Brothers Family Show

The Okee Dokee Brothers take you on a hike through the woods with their original folk music written especially for young viewers! (more)
Adventure Songs is a musical performance of The Okee Dokee Brothers rooted in their childhood imaginations. Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award winning album Can You Canoe? and their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their forthcoming release, Through the Woods. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. Adventure Songs makes room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

For more information:
www.okeedokee.org
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October 26th at 2:00pm

Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger Silent Films with Live Accompaniment by Ben Model

The plot of this silent film directed by a 26-year-old Alfred Hitchcock reads like one from any number of his more familiar films. (more)

THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG

Starring Ivor Novello, with June Tripp, Malcolm Keen and Marie Ault

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Released February 1927 by Gainsborough Pictures

The plot of this silent film directed by a 26-year-old Alfred Hitchcock reads like one from any number of his more familiar films: a murderer who targets young blonde women is on the loose in London, baffling police; mysterious stranger comes to town, taking a room in a boarding house; all suspicions point to him, and even though he is not the serial murderer the police want to arrest him and in a climactic chase pursue him through the streets of London; just in the nick of time at the last second he is exonerated. Look for Hitch's trademark cameo early in the film.

Running Time: 68 minutes with no intermission

Silent Films Series Curated by Ben Model


Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 30+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 17th season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA, and also programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

For more information:

Twitter: @silentfilmmusic

www.silentfilmmusic.com
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November 1st at 7:30pm

Sing-a-long-a Grease

The brand new singalonga version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music! (more)
The brand new Sing-a-long-a version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music!

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off?  Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word...

The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free magic moments fun packs. You'll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen.

It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.

For more information:
www.singalonga.net/grease
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December 11th - December 21st

The Nutcracker

Join us for the holidays as Gelsey Kirkland Ballet brings their version of the perennial holiday classic to our stage. (more)
Join us for the holidays as Gelsey Kirkland Ballet brings their version of the perennial holiday classic to our stage. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic and emotional score, The Nutcracker is the classic story about a young girl’s journey through fear and darkness to the light of love. Marie's transformation from child to princess begins with an unlikely gift from her godfather at a Christmas eve party; an ugly doll that cracks nuts. Follow Marie’s journey as she is menaced by dancing rats and ultimately rescued by the Nutcracker who leads her up the Christmas tree into the land of snow and beyond...into his kingdom.

Sponsored by Gaynor Minden. 


For more information:
http://gelseykirklandballet.org
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January 28th at 7:30pm

The Knights with Special Guest Star

New York City’s innovative chamber orchestra, known for transforming the concert experience and driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie, their innovative programming and outstanding virtuosity, will bring you to your feet with delight.  (more)
New York City’s innovative chamber orchestra, known for transforming the concert experience and driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie, The Knights' innovative programming and outstanding virtuosity, will bring you to your feet with delight.

The evening’s program will include:
Rossini (Overture to “The Barber of Seville”)
Flecktones (Big Country), Adams (Chamber Symphony)
Fleck (Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra “The Impostor”)
Rossini (Se il mio nome spaer voi bramate from “The Barber of Seville.”)
The Knights (The Ground Beneath our Feet)

For more information:
www.theknightsnyc.com
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February 1st at 2:00pm

The Mark of Zorro Silent Films with Live Accompaniment by Ben Model

Most of the elements of every version you've seen of Zorro came from this movie. (more)

THE MARK OF ZORRO

Starring Douglas Fairbanks, with Marguerite De La Motte and Noah Beery

Directed by Fred Niblo

Released December 1920 by United Artists

Most of the elements of every version you've seen of Zorro came from this movie. In it, Douglas Fairbanks plays mild-mannered, ineffectual rich man Don Diego Vega who has a secret identity as Zorro, a masked crime-fighter with a secret hideaway in his house that has a hidden entrance. As defender of the weak and downtrodden, he fights oppression and corrupt officials and sword-fights with dozens of soldiers at once. Fairbanks did all his own stunts, co-wrote the scenario, and introduced a new level of fencing and swordplay in movies.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Silent Films Series Curated by Ben Model


Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 30+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 17th season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA, and also programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

For more information:

Twitter: @silentfilmmusic

www.silentfilmmusic.com
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February 4th at 12:15pm

Architectural Masterpieces: Italy

Italy: Ancient Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome; Byzantine San Vitale in Ravenna; Romanesque “Leaning Tower” of Pisa; the Duomo of Florence; Baroque Saint Peter’s in Rome: Italian engineering ingenuity. (more)
Italy: Ancient Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome; Byzantine San Vitale in Ravenna; Romanesque “Leaning Tower” of Pisa; the Duomo of Florence; Baroque Saint Peter’s in Rome: Italian engineering ingenuity.

Each of the first three lectures focuses on the architecture of a single major European country, examining its architectural accomplishments from antiquity onward, in a basically chronological sequence. The fourth lecture responds to the global nature of recent architecture that crosses all geographic boundaries.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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February 6th - February 7th

Koresh Dance Company

In this evening's work Come Together, the audience takes a musical journey with composers from Israel and Turkey set alongside Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel and more. (more)
Roni Koresh is a choreographer, teacher and collaborator whose unique blend of ballet, modern and jazz leaves audiences dazzled by the raw passion that is infused into his movement. He formed Koresh Dance Company in 1991 and quickly established an international reputation for highly technical and emotionally charged work. In this evening's work Come Together, the audience takes a musical journey with composers from Israel and Turkey set alongside Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel and more. The piece's compelling work which juxtaposes Middle Eastern music with classical favorites, sharing with the audience both the grounded, driving, earthy rhythms of the old world with the ethereal, heavenly, sounds of the new.

For more information:
www.koreshdance.org
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February 11th at 12:15pm

Architectural Masterpieces: France

France: Medieval churches of Vezelay and Notre-Dame-de-Paris; island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; Renaissance chateaux of Chambord and Chenonceau; Baroque palace of Versailles and Louis XIV: refined French elegance. (more)
France: Medieval churches of Vezelay and Notre-Dame-de-Paris; island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; Renaissance chateaux of Chambord and Chenonceau; Baroque palace of Versailles and Louis XIV: refined French elegance.

Each of the first three lectures focuses on the architecture of a single major European country, examining its architectural accomplishments from antiquity onward, in a basically chronological sequence. The fourth lecture responds to the global nature of recent architecture that crosses all geographic boundaries.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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February 18th at 12:15pm

Architectural Masterpieces: England

February 18 England: Prehistoric Stonehenge; Romanesque Barfreston; Gothic Wells Cathedral and chapel of Henry VII; Henry VIII and Hampton Court; Sir Christopher Wren and Baroque Saint Paul’s; Neo-Classical Chiswick House; “The Gherkin”: English r (more)
England: Prehistoric Stonehenge; Romanesque Barfreston; Gothic Wells Cathedral and  chapel of Henry VII; Henry VIII and Hampton Court; Sir Christopher Wren and Baroque Saint Paul’s; Neo-Classical Chiswick House; “The Gherkin”: English restraint and eccentricity.

Each of the first three lectures focuses on the architecture of a single major European country, examining its architectural accomplishments from antiquity onward, in a basically chronological sequence. The fourth lecture responds to the global nature of recent architecture that crosses all geographic boundaries.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation
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February 25th at 12:15pm

Architectural Masterpieces: Extreme Architecture

Extreme Architecture: Contemporary Global Accomplishments and Innovations. Frank Ghery’s Gugghenheim Museum, Bilboa; Xing Tonghe’s Shanghai Museum; I.M. Pei’s Louvre pyramid; Paul Andreu’s “Egg” in Beijing; Rem Koolhaas’s House of Music in P (more)
Extreme Architecture: Contemporary Global Accomplishments and Innovations. Frank Ghery’s Gugghenheim Museum, Bilboa; Xing Tonghe’s Shanghai Museum; I.M. Pei’s Louvre pyramid; Paul Andreu’s “Egg” in Beijing; Rem Koolhaas’s House of Music in Porto; Burg Khalifa in Dubai, takes the title of tallest building: world-wide quest for architectural novelty.

Each of the first three lectures focuses on the architecture of a single major European country, examining its architectural accomplishments from antiquity onward, in a basically chronological sequence. The fourth lecture responds to the global nature of recent architecture that crosses all geographic boundaries.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

Lunch with the Lecturer - $30 - Please call 212.346.1715 to book your reservation

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February 27th - February 28th

Backhausdance

Repertory works include powerful, athletic dances, emotionally charged dramatic pieces, and whimsical, humorous glimpses at the human experience.  (more)
Founded by Jennifer Backhaus in 2003, Backhausdance has a diverse repertory that is entertaining as well as artistic. Repertory works include powerful, athletic dances, emotionally charged dramatic pieces, and whimsical, humorous glimpses at the human experience. The evening will feature excerpts of Incandescent and the full piece of Elasticity of the Almost.

For more information:
www.backhausdance.org
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February 28th at 2:00pm

Backhausdance "Elasticity of the Almost" Family Show

This program is especially designed for family audiences! (more)
Like to dance? How about dancing while there are hundreds of red balls on the stage! This playful and exciting dance performance will have you on your feet and perhaps catching some red balls!

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission

For more information:
www.backhausdance.org
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March 6th at 7:30pm

American Showstoppers: Irving Berlin

Fred Barton and his Orchestra will bring an entire century of Irving Berlin's greatest songs to life once more. (more)
Irving Berlin's work is the gold standard in American show music, spanning over 100 years from his Russian-Jewish origins, through his earliest purely American hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (which was played on the Titanic in 1912), through the entire 20th-century evolution of the Broadway musical. Fred Barton and his Orchestra will bring an entire century of Irving Berlin's greatest songs to life once more.

Check back for cast announcement!
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March 8th at 3:00pm

Voce Rising Opera Stars in Recital: Anna Christy with Pianist Ken Noda

Praised by the New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit,” soprano Anna Christy continues to impress and delight audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence, and innate musicality.  (more)
Praised by the New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit,” soprano Anna Christy continues to impress and delight audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence, and innate musicality.

For more information:
www.annachristy.com
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March 14th at 7:30pm

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company

This classical ensemble of 12 outstanding dancers will perform works by master choreographers August Bournoville, Marius Petipa, Sir Kenneth MacMilan, Anthony Tudor, and George Balanchine. (more)
The New York Times called the ABT Studio Company, “a little bit like fireworks,” and they are returning to the Schimmel for a fourth year. Created to train young dancers entering the American Ballet Theatre’s main Company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies, ABT Studio Company is widely recognized and renowned for their excellence.

For more information:
www.abt.org
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March 20th at 7:30pm

The Nile Project

The Nile Project collective brings together young master musicians from throughout the Nile Basin to create new music that weaves together the pointed melodies and deep grooves of Ethiopia with the Arab classical traditions of Egypt and Sudan. (more)
The Nile Project collective brings together young master musicians from throughout the Nile Basin to create new music that weaves together the pointed melodies and deep grooves of Ethiopia with the Arab classical traditions of Egypt and Sudan, and the rarely heard rhythms and melodies of Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda with today's musical heritage alive in Kenya. The result is a lively stage performance that captures a new sound with origins as old as the river's folklore. Representing the rich diversity of Nile Basin cultures, the collective's vocalists sing in 11 different languages.

Curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org

For more information:
www.nileproject.org
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March 21st at 2:00pm

Peking Acrobats Family Show

This one hour version of the Peking Acrobats program specially designed for young audiences! (more)
The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. In this one hour program specially designed for young audiences, They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission
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March 21st at 7:30pm

Peking Acrobats

This world renowned act has to be seen to be believed! (more)
The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. In this full length program, They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace.
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March 22nd at 7:30pm

Ghazal Ensemble: Shujaat Husain Khan and Kayhan Kalhor

Persian and Indian Improvisations (more)
In this first Ghazal Ensemble concert in NYC in over a decade, Iran’s kamancheh (spiked fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor and India’s sitar (stringed lute) virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan continue their longtime Persian and Indian collaboration along with master tabla player Sandeep Das.
 
This highly influential group has toured the world over to critical acclaim and is lauded for creating an original, delicate Indo-Persian fusion blending their two distinctive classical music traditions: the Persian dastgah and North Indian raga. Intertwined historically, geographically and culturally for centuries, these musical styles share some formal elements and modes which allow for exquisite and harmonious dialogue between the two traditions.
 
Shujaat Husain Khan, one of today’s greatest North Indian artists, represents the seventh generation of illustrious musicians in the Imdad Khan gharana (musical lineage) which includes his father the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. Kayhan Kalhor, a creative force in today’s international music scene, is considered the preeminent ambassador of Persian music. He is known for stirring improvisations, exquisite compositions, and extensive collaborations with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider, Kronos Quartet and Osvaldo Golijov.

Curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org
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March 26th - March 28th

TAKE Dance: There and Here

Former Paul Taylor Dancer,Takehiro Ueyama, celebrates the 10th anniversary season of his company, TAKE Dance with this World Premiere event! (more)
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary New York season, TAKE Dance has been praised for its exciting, powerful movement and its unusual sensitivity. Since 2005, Takehiro Ueyama, Artistic Director of TAKE Dance has been creating distinctive work that articulates a “harmonious Eastern aesthetic with spirited athletic energies”. By making bold choices in movement, musical selections, and subject matter, TAKE Dance is not only seen but rather, fully experienced. Takehiro Ueyama presents his latest evening length premiere created with the music of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow John Eaton entitled There and Here, exploring the nature of life after life.

“Mr. Ueyama has an unusual gift for creating and putting together big, bold movement.
… His dances are freshly and distinctly his own.”  
 
- Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
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April 2nd at 7:30pm

Rock & Roll Africa: Tal National

Hugely popular West African rockers Tal National hail from the small West African nation of Niger. (more)
Hugely popular West African rockers Tal National hail from the small West African nation of Niger which is home to Songhai, Fulani, Hausa and Tuareg people, all of whom are represented in the group. The band, on indy-rock label Fat Cat, is fronted by Almeida’s powerful voice alongside guitar and percussion-driven grooves that are bursting with fiery energy.

“What makes this band special is their full-tilt approach, and a hypnotic intensity.”  - The Guardian
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April 17th at 7:30pm

Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra

A historic multi-generational tribute to Violeta Parra, the most important singer, songwriter and storyteller in the history of Chile. (more)
This engagement of Gracias a la vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

A historic multi-generational tribute to Violeta Parra, the most important singer, songwriter and storyteller in the history of Chile. Parra's songs of struggle, defiance, and triumph were the basis for Latin America’s "New Song" (Nueva Canción) movement, which had a tremendous influence on music and politics around the world and influenced generations.

This program features Chilean artists whose music is deeply influenced by Parra with styles ranging from nueva canción to rock and pop:

Illapu, founded in 1971 are well known for their sophisticated interpretations of Andean folklore and rhythms, a fusion that later developed into the “nueva cancion” movement. They rose to fame for their guitar- based songs featuring strong vocals, pan flutes and captivating rhythms. In 1981 upon returning to Chile after a tour, the military dictatorship refused to allow them into the country and thus began a prolonged exile for the group in France and Mexico. When they returned to Chile in 1988 they were cheered by a crowd 100,000 strong.

They are joined by Parra's niece Colombina Parra, a rising singer-songwriter who came of age in the Chilean grunge/alternative rock scene of the 1990s.

Produced by Claudia Norman/
Isabel Soffer

Curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org



Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts in Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

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April 19th at 2:00pm

It Silent Films with Live Accompaniment by Ben Model

Brooklyn's own Clara Bow stars in this iconic flapper story from the Roaring 20s. (more)

IT

Starring Clara Bow, with Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner and Elinor Glyn

Directed by Clarence Badger

Released February 1927 by Paramount Pictures

Brooklyn's own Clara Bow stars in this iconic flapper story from the Roaring 20s. Clara plays Betty Lou, a young woman who works at a big department store falls in love with the boss's son. She tries to fit in with society, to impress him and win his heart. The film was inspired by the best-selling book, "It," published in 1927 and written by Elinor Glyn, who appears in the film to explain to all (in titles) that "To have 'It', the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes..." Look for a very young Gary Cooper in a bit part as a newspaper reporter.

Running Time: 72 minutes with no intermission

Silent Films Series Curated by Ben Model


Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 30+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 17th season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA, and also programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

For more information:

Twitter: @silentfilmmusic

www.silentfilmmusic.com
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May 2nd at 7:30pm

Patti LuPone Far Away Places

A Broadway Superstar for more than 30 years, Patti LuPone is a two-time Tony Award Winner. (more)
“The American Musical Theatre’s Greatest Living Star.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Far Away Places Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman; Musical arrangements by Joseph Thalken

A Broadway Superstar for more than 30 years, Patti LuPone is a two-time Tony Award Winner (Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Evita and Gypsy); Olivier recipient (Best Actress in a Musical for Les Miserables), and a two-time Grammy winner (Best Classical Album, Best Opera Recording for Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). Her bold, infectious personality and talent has led her to win the hearts of Musical Theatre mavens across the globe.

In her new, critically-acclaimed concert Far Away Places, two-time Tony Award winner (Gypsy, Evita) Patti LuPone shares her penchant for wanderlust by taking us on a musical journey. Accompanied by a five-piece band, she delivers thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters including Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, Frederick Hollander, and, even the BeeGees!

For more information:
www.pattilupone.net
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May 14th - May 16th

Don Quixote

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet brings the classic Cerventes story to life with the choreography of Marius Petipa. (more)
This delightful ballet is based on the famous story of Don Quixote, the visionary who tilts windmills and sees beauty where others see only squalor. On his chivalrous quest for love, he finds the lady of his dreams when he happens upon Kitri, the spirited daughter of the town’s innkeeper. But the fetching peasant girl is at first too busy sparring with Basilio the barber to take any notice of the errant knight’s declarations of courtly love. As romantic misadventures ensue, dusty Spanish streets and festive visions of toreadors and gypsies provide the backdrop for this enchanting farcical balletic romp.

Sponsored by Gaynor Minden.


For more information:
http://gelseykirklandballet.org
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May 17th at 3:00pm

Voce Rising Opera Stars in Recital: Heidi Melton with Pianist John Parr

The young American dramatic soprano has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Press), a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent” (San Francisco Chronicle). (more)
The young American dramatic soprano has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Press), a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent” (San Francisco Chronicle).

For more information:
www.heidimeltonsoprano.com
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May 30th at 7:30pm

Ben Vereen in Concert

The legendary Ben Vereen has claimed the stage as his first love and passion – so he’s taking his one-man concert to Schimmel!  (more)
“Mr. Vereen is one of the last old-school vaudevillian troupers still standing, and an entertainer with a capital E.” – The New York Times

The legendary Ben Vereen has claimed the stage as his first love and passion – so he’s taking his one-man concert to Schimmel!  Few entertainers are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen, best known for his theatrical roles in Pippin, Wicked, Will Roger’s Follies, and many more. performs a one-man concert with a three-piece live music back-up.  Join Ben as he covers many of the musical highlights of his career.

For more information:
www.benvereen.co
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