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The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Blog Schimmel Center seeks to enrich and engage our audiences by bringing world-class talent to Lower Manhattan. Our programming features internationally-acclaimed talent in the areas of music, dance, film, cabaret and lecture.

15 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gracias a la Vida

Violetta Parra is the legendary songwriter, folklorist and recording artist who is credited with starting Latin America’s “New Song” (Nueva Canción) movement, which renewed interest in Chilean folklore. Her most famous song was, “Gracias a la Vida,” which translates to, “thanks to life.” This Friday, April 17, the Schimmel will play host to an all-star tribute to the prolific song writer, as they say thanks for her life and legacy. The event will feature the Chilean folk and Andean musical ensemble, Illapu, the Grammy nominated, Ana Tijoux, as well as Parra’s own niece and rising songwriter, Colombina Para. The event is sure to be a must see for fans of Chilean folk music. Enjoy the clip of Illapu below and be sure to book your tickets for this one night only event!

This event is curated by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds.org

Produced by Claudia Norman/Isabel Soffer

More information at http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/gracias-a-la-vida-the-rebel-spirit-of-chile-s-legendary-voice

Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Chile’s Legendary Voice featuring Illapu, Ana Tijoux and Colombina Parra; Friday, April 17 at 7:30pm; All Seats $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038; Box office (212) 346-1715;  https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938579


31 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Rock & Roll Africa: Meet Tal National

Fresh off of the success of our presentation of The Nile Project with our friends from Live Sounds, our team offers another fresh talent from the continent of Africa, Tal National. Hugely popular in western Africa, this indy group feature powerful vocals combined with guitar and percussion driven grooves. The group represents the nation of Niger which is the home of the Fulani, Hausa, Songhai and Tuareg people. Their concert at the Schimmel on Thursday, April 2nd marks the group’s New York City Debut and is just one of the many stops on their US tour. The concert will also take place just 12 days before their latest album, Zoy Zoy is released on the Fat Cat record label. Below is the group’s music video of their single, Claire, available on the new album.

“What makes this band special is their full-tilt approach, and a hypnotic intensity.”  - The Guardian

Rock & Roll Africa: Tal National; Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30pm; All Seats $19; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St., New York, NY, 10038; (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938577

This concert is part of the Global Sounds series curated by Isabel Soffer/ Livesounds.org


25 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Take Dance: There and Here

This Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28th, don’t miss your opportunity to see the WORLD PREMIERE of TAKE Dance’s There and Here. The company is celebrating their tenth anniversary with this original piece about life. Since 2005, Takehiro Ueyama (formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company), 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. The piece will feature original music, composed live for each performance by composer, Kato Hideki. Be sure to check out the preview video below!

There and Here Promo 2 from TAKE Dance on Vimeo.

TAKE Dance: There and Here; Thursday through Saturday, March 26th – 28th at 7:30pm; All seats $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St (Between Gold St and Park Row) , New York, NY, 10038; Boxoffice (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938662


16 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Weekend full of Global Offerings

Pace University may be on Spring Break but Schimmel Center is offering a full weekend of talent from around the world. Come experience music from around the Nile river, gravity-defying acrobatic acts from China and a music ensemble blending the classic musical elements of Indian ragas and Persian dastgah.


This Friday, March 20th, The Nile Project brings its US tour to the Schimmel stage. Brought to us by our friends at Live Sounds, 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 collective has recently released a new album titled, “ASWAN.” Be sure to watch the video below for the making of this superb musical experience.


On Saturday we travel to China for the renowned Peking Acrobats. The troupe will fly onto the stage at 2pm for a special one-hour family presentation and then again at 7:30 for their entire astonishing performance. You can catch the trailer for this world class act below.

Finally, on Sunday, March 22nd, Schimmel is proud to help reunite the Ghazal Ensemble who will be returning to New York for the first time in over ten years. The Grammy award nominated ensemble mixes together the classical musical styles of Persian and Indian compositions. Featuring Iran’s Kayhan Kalhor, and India’s Shujaat Husain Khan and Sandeep Das the ensemble promisesan original, delicate Indo-Persian fusion, which allows for an exquisite and harmonious dialogue between the two traditions. A preview can be found below.

See you at the Schimmel!


The Nile Project; Friday, March 20th at 7:30pm;Ticket Price $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038, Box office (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938576

The Peking Acrobats Family Show; Saturday, March 21st at 2:00pm;Ticket Price Adults $25 | Kids $10; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038, Box office (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938383

The Peking Acrobats; Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm;Ticket Price  $49 | $39 | $29 |; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038, Box office (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938587

The Ghazal Ensemble; Sunday, March 22nd at 7:30pm; All Seats $39; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038, Box office (212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938578






11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

ABT Studio Company

American Ballet Theatre


Featuring work from a stellar selection of choreographers, we are excited to host ABT Studio Company for their fourth year at Schimmel. The company of 13 dancers will feature works from artists such as George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbin, among others.

ABT Studio Company; Friday, March 13th at 7:30pm; Ticket Prices $49 | $39 | $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY, 10038; Box Office (212) 346-1716; Ovationtix (866) 811-4111; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938665