Shakespeare's Globe, American Showstoppers and More Set for Pace U's Pace Presents' 2012-13 Season
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by BWW News Desk
Pace University has announced the 2012 / 2013 season of Pace Presents, hosted at The Michael Schimmel Center for The Arts located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan. Pace Presents is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on music superstars from around the globe, charismatic and crowd-pleasing dance performances, spectacular theatre and contemporary cabaret. The Pace Presents season begins on September 22 with Gypsy brass superstars Fanfare Ciocarlia and culminates on April 20 with Jazz's living treasure, Hugh Masekela.
Starting in 2009, Shakespeare Globe has called the Michael Schimmel Center its New York home. Dominic Dromgoole's Love's Labour's Lost was the inaugural attraction. A year later, the Globe's Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Christopher Luscombe, was heralded by the critics and became a sellout. Now Mr. Dromgoole (Globe Artistic Director) is bringing his spare production of Hamlet for a limited one week run.
Pace Presents is curated by Martin I. Kagan, Pace University's Executive Director of Cultural Affairs. Mr. Kagan's long career in the field of dance and performing arts, including stints at the executive director of The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Californina, Opera America, and LA's John Anson Ford Theatre, informs Pace Presents standard of excellence. "In a city renowned for artistry and diversity," says Kagan, "Pace Presents has quickly established itself as a key player in New York's performing arts landscape. We hope to continue to utilize The Schimmel Center as an accessible and vibrant platform for International Artists and ensembles of the highest quality to perform for downtown audiences at affordable prices." Isabel Soffer, formerly of World Music Institute and currently with Live Sounds and globalFEST, provides her expertise in assembling Pace Presents' World Music Series. Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, a lecturer for 30 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, returns for a second year with a new lecture series on the history of Italian art, tracing tradition from Antiquity to The Baroque.
Located adjacent to The World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, Pace Presents' 670-seat Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is readily and easily accessible by car, bus, subway and PATH train. The room offers ample space for groups but is small enough to provide flawless sightlines and truly intimate performances. Competitive ticket pricing is aimed at enticing New Yorkers of all types to visit and explore the best music, theatre and dance that the world has to offer. Guests are encouraged to come early and share a glass of wine prior to the performance at our lobby bar. Student tickets, available to enrollees at any University, High School or Junior High School in the New York area, are only $5 for any performance in the Pace Presents season with a valid student ID.
Complete show and venue information follows. Additional shows TBA.
Saturday, September 22
Fanfare Ciocarlia, the 12-piece brass orchestra from Zece Prajini in North-Eastern Romania that The Independent UK calls "a Gypsy music phenomenon" and that The Times of London defines as "a heavy, heavy monster sound," is one of the world's foremost Gypsy bands. After touring North America in 2001 and 2003 as part of the hugely successful Gypsy Caravan Tour, the ensemble finally returns to NYC. Fanfare's breakneck speed, technical chops, ripping rhythms and powerful horns put them in a class apart from all other brass bands. Their sound has been sampled and covered, championed and emulated by countless DJs, bands and Gypsy orchestras. Their radical reinterpretations of popular Western standards like the James Bond Theme and Duke Ellington's "Caravan" demonstrate how effectively and effortlessly this Romanian orchestra put a unique Gypsy spin on any music they get their horns on. This tour is made possible with the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.
Friday, September 28
The extraordinary story of Fatoumata Diawara's meteoric rise as one of the music world's most exciting artists begins with her joining a theatre company, performing the classical Greek role of Antigone, starring in a string of successful films, running away from her home in Mali to France and finally finding her calling as a musician. The woman Pitchfork calls "beguiling" has worked with some of Africa's most successful artists, including Oumou Sangaré, Cheikh Lô, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Flea and Bobby Womack. Diawara was raised on West African Wassoulou music; a style performed mostly by and about women and thought to be an ancestor of American Blues; she uses this style as the base for her own songs. At the center of her music is a warm, affecting voice; spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs incorporating elements of funk, soul and jazz. Her September 28th Pace Presents show features a full band, marks Diawara's NY debut as a soloist and will highlight music from her latest CD on the World Circuit label.
Tuesday October 2 through Sunday, October 7
Saturday, October 13
Tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, India's most celebrated living artist and an extraordinary percussionist of international renown will be joined for this evening of Indian classical music by bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia, a nephew of maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. The New York Times calls Hussain "(a) fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, so devoted to exuberant play that he rarely seems overbearing, even when the blur of his fingers rivals the beat of a hummingbird's wings". Widely regarded as one of the world's greatest percussionists, Zakir is known equally for his mastery of the classical Hindustani repertoire of ragas and his historic collaborations with Shakti (with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar), Planet Drum (with the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart) and performances with George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Tabla Beat Science, Mark Morris and many others.
Friday, October 19
Noted arranger and producer, Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country, is bringing the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel stage. The legendary Harold Arlen won the world over for his score to The Wizard of Oz, and was the composer of countless Broadway and Hollywood songs that will be brought to life backed by a full 12-piece orchestra and stars of the Broadway stage.
Saturday, October 20
Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. After having played mostly in an acoustic trio for the last fifteen years, Lewis' latest endeavor has him returning to his electric roots. Tonight's Pace Presents performance offers jazz aficionados a live rarity: Lewis with full electric backing. This three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, is recognized internationally as an American treasure.
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
Join Pace Presents for two very special evenings with exceptional singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle as he performs his original songs in the context of the continuing legacy of Woody Guthrie on the occasion of Guthrie's centennial celebration year. Justin Townes Earle, son of the great American troubadour Steve Earle, won the coveted "Song of the Year" award at the Americana Music Awards in 2011. Earle's latest album, "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now," has garnered significant critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone noting "(t)hat Earle breathes life into those well-worn ideas [love, legacy, life as a road] is a tribute to the rough-hewn elegance of his writing and his voice."
Sunday, October 28
Perhaps the world's best known banjo player, Bela Fleck, unites many of the world's most influential bluegrass banjo players – all with ties to New York State – at the Schimmel Center to perform in a concert that will find the banjo being performed in both conventional and unexpected ways. In performances ranging from solos and duets to full-tilt banjo blowouts with all The Players and an acoustic band, the concert stage will range from the traditional backdrop of bluegrass and old-time country music to more unconventional banjo genres including jazz, classical and rock music.
Artist Website: http://www.belafleck.com/
Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico's diverse cultural history, interpreted through its charismatic and unique artistic vision. This show is the World Premiere of Calpulli's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), evoking the unending relationship between the living and the departed with music and dance as the language that transcends. Meticulous costuming, passionate live music and larger than life surprises are in store throughout this tribute to the heart and soul of Mexico here in New York City. Under the Artistic Direction of Noemy Hernandez and Musical Direction of George Saenz, the Calpulli Company of 16 dancers and core of musicians will make their Pace stage debut. For nearly a decade, Calpulli has recreated folk dances celebrating Mexican traditions and also created new works which employ non-traditional dance forms.
Saturday, December 8
Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and her special guests celebrate the winter holidays, Broadway style. Join Debbie, Russ Kassoff's 18-piece orchestra and her special guests and sing along with the orchestra, watch the dancers shimmy and shake to a Christmas Carol and maybe get the chance to be a part of the show! Past guests at Debbie's All-Star extravaganza include Harvey Fierstein; Oscar and Tony Award Winning composer Alan Menken; Stephen Schwartz; Broadway favorite Rebecca Luker and many others. Tonight's special guests TBA.
Friday, January 11; Saturday, January 12; Sunday, January 13;
Composer David T. Little, described by the New York Times as showing "real imagination," presents Soldier Songs, an evening-length multimedia event that combines elements of theatre, opera, rock-infused-concert music and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. Music can be easily co-opted to serve a political or ideological message or it can equally be a vehicle for reflection, engagement, and emotional connection, as is seen in this gripping music-theatre work. Little's libretto was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of 5 wars. Soldier Songs traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to the age of 66 as we follow our lead character through the three phases of life: Youth, Warrior and Elder. Soldier Songs asks the tough questions and tells the tough stories through its poignant libretto, driving and devastating music, and surprising visual counterpoint. The tension between the visual and aural experience of the production works to dispel the numbness felt by those of us lucky enough to only experience war through the comfort of our living rooms.
Friday, February 1
Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13
The New York City debut of the company and the premiere of the astonishing Scattered delves into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives. Motionhouse, the renowned British dance company unites highly physical dance theatre with a curved floor that utilizes projection technology to create an underwater world that the dancers move in, on and through the image. The Observer UK calls Scattered "(s)hock and awe: eliciting gasps as the dancers bodysurf across the face of the wave or launch themselves from its vertiginous peak." The company's unique interaction between film and live performance promises an exciting and boundary-breaking evening of live dance.
Wednesday February 27; Wednesday, March 6; Wednesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 20
A 30 year institution at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton returns to The Schimmel Center for a second season of riveting lectures. This year, Dr. Benton will focus on Italy, where many of the world's greatest masterpieces have been created. Italy has long exerted a disproportionately large influence on the history of art. Dr. Benton's lavishly illustrated lectures focus on the highlights of architecture, sculpture, painting, and mosaic in Italy from antiquity through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque eras. You will time-travel through Italy's artistic past, stopping at the world's most magnificent monuments, temples, cathedrals and palaces. Study intricately sculpted figures that almost appear alive. Examine glittering mosaics, murals and ceiling paintings whose verisimilitude that will trick your eyes.
February 27 – Focus on Antiquity: Topics include early Italy and the Etruscans, life in the afterlife, the rise of the Roman Empire, the extraordinary engineering of the Colosseum and the Pantheon, documentary sculpture, portraiture, arches and columns and the "Four Styles" of wall painting.
March 6 - Focus on The Middle Ages: Topics include rectangular Old Saint Peter's and circular Santa Costanza in Rome, polygonal San Vitale in Ravenna, the "Leaning Tower" of Pisa, mosaics of San Marco in Venice, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Palazzo Ducale in Venice, the delicately detailed paintings of Duccio of Siena and the innovative paintings of Giotto of Florence.
March 13 – Focus on Renaissance Re-birth: Topics include early Renaissance painting by Masaccio, Mantegna, Fra Angelico, and Botticelli, sculpture by Ghiberti and Donatello, Brunelleschi's Cathedral dome and Michelozzo's Palazzo Medici in Florence, Alberti's Sant'Andrea in Mantua, Bramante's Tempietto in Rome, the geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, Titian in Venice.
March 20 – Focus on Mannerism and the Baroque: Topics include Mannerist peculiarities, Palladio's Villa Rotunda in Vicenza, Palazzo Te in Mantua, painting of Pontormo, Parmigiano, Bronzino, and Il Rosso, the sculpture of Cellini, Caravaggio's drama, theatrical paintings that deceive, Bernini's animated sculpture, the vast splendor of Maderno's Saint Peter's and Borromini's tiny San Carlo.
Saturday, March 2
Friday, March 8
Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins Lower Manhattan's own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra to perform the sparkling Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel and the American premiere performance of the evocative "A Shaman" by acclaimed Japanese composer Akira Nishimura. Also on the program is music by Bela Bartok and the world premiere performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's Suite from Kurt Weill's Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.
Saturday, March 9
Fred Barton and his 12-piece orchestra are back! This time he is celebrating composer Jule Styne, the last word in Broadway and Hollywood tour-de-force songwriting. Join Fred, his orchestra and stars of the Broadway stage as they exemplify the American show business golden rule: a song ultimately needs to have great performers, supported by a great band, a chance to go for the gold!
Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23
Belgian-based dance company Ultima Vez triumphantly returns to New York City with a thrilling revival of its 1987 piece under the choreography and direction of Wim Vandekeybus. In 1988, Vandekeybus was awarded a Bessie Award for the work which was described as, "a brutal confrontation of dance and music; a dangerously combative landscape." The New York Times called What the Body Does Not Remember "tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific. Adjectives seem unduly passive in describing an extraordinarily innovative dance piece."
Friday, April 5
American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company, formerly ABT II, is a classical ensemble made up of 12 dancers of outstanding potential. The mission of ABT Studio Company is to train young dancers (ages 16-20) in preparation for entering American Ballet Theatre's main Company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies.
Saturday, April 20
Rolling Stone calls Hugh Masekela, "one of the most thrilling live performers around." Masekela is a pioneer in the world music and jazz scene. This living legend has toured the globe and played with some of the most influential musicians of our time. When Masekela became the only artist to take center stage before an audience of billions at both the 2010 FIFA Kick-Off and the event's Opening Ceremony it was a very public confirmation of the musician and songwriter's unparalleled standing within the South African music scene. Indeed, Masekela's poignant, rousing live performance stands as an ongoing reminder of his global reach and mastery of the horn – something that, if anything, is only strengthening in his 70s.
Pace Presents performances take place at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan. Wine is served in The Schimmel Center lobby from our cash bar starting one hour prior to show. Subscription series tickets are now available by visiting schimmel.pace.edu.
Tickets to all events are available for purchase now:
Online at schimmel.pace.edu
Public Transportation within a five minute walk of the venue includes:
4 / 5 / 6 Subway to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall2 / 3 Subway to Fulton StreetA / C Subway to Fulton StreetJ / Z Subway to Fulton StreetN / R Subway to City HallPATH Train to World Trade CenterM1 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street M6 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton StreetM9 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge/ City Hall M15 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge / City HallM22 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton StreetM103 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton StreetB51 Bus to City Hall/Broadway
Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, located within the University's downtown campus, has been an active part of Manhattan's artistic community for 35 years. Located one block east of City Hall and immediately adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, The Schimmel Center's 670-seat theatre regularly hosts academic and community events in addition to its yearly schedule of the world's finest music, theatre and dance. Over the past twelve years, The Schimmel Center has served as a founding venue for The River-to-River Festival (2002), hosted both The Tribeca Film Festival and The Tribeca Theatre Festival (2001), provided a headquarters for The National Actors Theatre (2002 to 2004), presented the only Democratic Presidential Debate to present all ten candidates for the 2004 election, and actively hosts James Lipton's award-winning Bravo series Inside The Actors Studio, taped on the Schimmel Theatre's stage since 2005.
For more than 100 years, Pace University has helped prepare students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience. Pace has three campuses in New York City, Westchester and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, via its rapidly growing Performing Arts Department, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and School of Law.