Kupferberg Center for the Arts announces its 2011/2012 season of classical music, theater, dance, special events and family programming. Season highlights include the New York premiere of Tear Jar, The Blues Musical, Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, which is a Queens exclusive, and the 50th anniversary of the Kupferberg Center's classical concert series.
Classical music was the first sound to emanate from the new Charles Colden Auditorium in 1961 when the New York Philharmonic, under Maestro Andre Kostelanetz inaugurated the hall. In every season since, classical music has played a starring role in the Kupferberg performance series and this season is no exception. Audiences can choose from outstanding concerts by talented and innovative artists whose passionate playing excites audiences worldwide. The first performance in this series is Ahn Trio, Piano Trio on November 6, 2011.
In addition to classical music, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College presents a rich schedule of performances this season.
The Marriage of Bette and Boo - October 27 - November 6, 2011
Presented by Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance
Written by: Christopher Durang
Director: Claudia Feldstein
The Marriage of Bette and Boo chronicles the dysfunctional family story of one couple trying to cope as they contend with their own parents, raise their son and try to overcome their inability to communicate with each other.
Tickets: $12 - $14, The Performance Space, Rathaus Hall M11
Ahn Trio, Piano Trio - Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm
The members of the Ahn Trio-sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella-are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music. The Ahns breath new life into the standard piano trio literature with commissioned works from visionary composers like Pat Metheny, Kenji Bunch, Maurice Jarre, Nikolai Kapustin and Michael Nyman.
"One of the most glamorous and hip sister acts in classical music" - The Los Angeles Times
Tickets: $34 - $36, Lefrak Concert Hall
The Nutcracker - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm
The perfect introduction to the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker is back by popular demand. Brighton Ballet Theater Company's original version-featuring dazzling Russian-trained dancers, exquisite costumes and the beloved music by Tchaikovsky-has been created for family audiences. All ages.
Tickets: $12 - $18, Colden Auditorium
Bebe & Cece Winans - Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Join us for this very special concert. Detroit-born brother and sister BeBe (Benjamin) and CeCe (Priscilla) Winans are part of the gospel-singing Winans family. As a duo, BeBe & CeCe embrace and extol the gospel message, however, their records have the production value and style of contemporary R&B. They are true crossover artists whose popularity has not waned in the years since their mainstream debut release in 1987 with the self-titled album BeBe & CeCe Winans. This debut record gave them their first R&B hit, "I.O.U. Me," which topped R&B and inspirational charts and generated Grammy nominations, and Dove and Stellar Awards.
BeBe and CeCe Winans' accolades include three Grammy Awards, nine Dove Awards, two NAACP Image awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, numerous Stellar Awards, three Gold albums, and one Platinum album.
Tickets: $44 - $48, Colden Auditorium
Influx: Turkish Contemporary Dance - Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 pm
The Kupferberg Center and the QC Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance present a special performance for the Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, and Future.
Traveling from Istanbul, Turkey, Choreographers/Dancers Mustafa Kaplan, Ayse Orhon and Filiz Sizlani, create compelling work that challenges perceptions of dance. The performance includes: Cok, conceived and performed by Ayse Orhon. COK and is a meditation on the question, "How many bodies can a body embody?" The dance is narrated through personal reflections of dancers, choreographers and visual artists from Istanbul. It also includes Sek Sek choreographed and performed by Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizlani. Sek Sek investigates the opposing forces and equilibrium that emerges when bodies interact.
The performance will be followed by a Q & A session, moderated by Gurur Ertem,
the artistic co-director of Bimeras Culture Foundation and a founding member of iDANS Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tickets: Free, Goldstein Theatre
Leo - Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8:00 pm & Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Staged Reading presented by The Kupferberg Centre and the Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance
Written by Rosa LaBorde
Director: Susan Einhorn
Set in Santiago Chile and told through the prism of memory, Leo is the story of three young friends who form a bittersweet, love triangle during the tragic days following the assassination of President Salvadore Allende.
Tickets: Free, The Performance Space, Rathaus Hall M11
Matt Haimovitz, Cello - Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Matt Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17, he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Today Haimovitz is renowned as a musical pioneer who has inspired countless new listeners through his visionary approach.
"Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment- not to mention high artistry- is a priceless experience," raves the Los Angeles Times.
Tickets: $34 - $36, Lefrak Concert Hall
Tear Jar, The Blues Musical - March 9 - 18, 2012
New York Premiere
Director: Victoria Racimo
Book: Jerry King Musser & Victoria Racimo
Music & Lyrics by: Robert Welsh
Presented by the Kupferberg Center, Chris Bravacos & Palomino Entertainment Group
Seasoned blues man, Mason Ball, returns to The Blue Rose after a long absence. He's surprised to discover that the 'new kid in town' has claimed the stage. This young upstart, one JD Hunter, is unwilling to relinquish the limelight and makes it clear that the 'old blues' is dead. To add to the tension, Mason's private love interest shares with him a serious, personal loss. Mason dips his finger into a jar of tears and touches her with the potion. Mason's gift of healing brings new interest to his music. Conflict between the two musicians arises but they find themselves at a new place in their lives after discovering life's potential magic is available to anyone.
Tickets: $23 - $25, LeFrak Concert Hall