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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.

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

05 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Hitting the High Notes!

On Sunday, March 8 at 3pm, Schimmel Center at Pace University will present an afternoon with the powerhouse soprano, Anna Christy accompanied by 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. Ms. Christy regularly performs at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, English National Opera, and at a wide variety of other opera venues around the world. The afternoon will feature an eclectic program, which will range from Mozart, Schubert and Strauss lieder to Handel arias as well as music from lesser heard Japanese composers.

Anna Christy

Anna Christy

The program for Voce: Rising Opera Stars in Recital is as follows:

 

“Endless Pleasure” from Semele -  George Frederic Handel

“Angels Ever Bright and Fair” from Theodora  – George Frederic Handel

“O Had I Jubal’s Lyre” from Joshua George -  Frederic Handel

“Das Veilchen” –  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Als Luise der Briefe ihres ungetreuen” –  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide -  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Die Forelle”  - Franz Schubert

“Heidenröslein” –  Franz Schubert

“Du Bist die Ruh” –  Franz Schubert

“Lied der Delphine” –  Franz Schubert

 

Intermission

 

“Amor” –  William Bolcom

“Waitin’” –  William Bolcom

Muffin’s aria from A Wedding  – William Bolcom

“Hatsu Koi”  - Tatsunosuke Koshitani

“Hamabe no Uta” –  Tamezo Narita

“Kono michi” –  Kosaku Yamada

“Ständchen”  - Richard Strauss

“Morgen” –  Richard Strauss

“Ich sehe wie in einem Spiegel” –  Richard Strauss

 

“…this lovely and elegant soprano is well on her way to becoming one of the great coloraturas of the 21st Century…The first half closed with five of the six lieder from op. 68 (the so-called “Brentano Lieder”) by Richard Strauss. Devilishly difficult, these pieces required perfect intonation, control and placement, all of which Christy performed with seeming ease…Her tone was at all times focused, bright and ringing. Well done…at all times, Christy appeared at ease, as if she were in her natural element. While recitals do not call for dramatic action, it is clear that she is a singing actress of the first order.” Gary Hoffman, Opera Today, October 13, 2005

Enjoy this video of Anna Christy performing the role of Cunegonde in Robert Carsen’s production of Candide in Paris.

 

Tickets can be purchased at (212) 346-1715 or by visiting https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/937432

 

04 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

There’s No Music Like His Music

He’s back! On Friday, March 6th, Fred Barton will be back, yet again, with his 14 piece orchestra and cast of Broadway singers and dancers to present the cannon of another show stopping composer. On this occasion Fred will welcome Tony winning star, Karen Ziemba (2000, Contact) to the stage along with Broadway favorites, Brent Barrett and Lee Roy Reams to celebrate the work of that, “Father of Tin Pan Ally,” Irving Berlin. To celebrate, we are counting down some of the greatest show-stopping numbers from the composer’s career. Below are Berlin’s 10 greatest songs according to this blogger.

10 “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

Berlin’s first hit song will always be one of his greatest! Written in 1911 to revive the Ragtime movement, the tune hit the the top of the charts during several of its incarnations. Legend has it that the song was played on the Titanic the fateful night it sank in 1912. It was revived several times by the likes of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer and Bing Crosby. Here Alice Faye sings the song in the 1938 Fox picture of the same name.

 

9 “Blue Skies

Written in celebration of his daughter’s birth in 1927, Berlin used this song to express his feelings about being a husband and father. It has been covered by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland. Here, Bing Crosby sings the tune from the 1946 movie of the same name.

 

8 “Easter Parade”

First Introduced in the Broadway musical revue, As Thousands Cheer, Berlin’s classic Easter number has had several lives. No stranger to the silver screen, the song has been covered by Bing Crosby in the 1942 Holiday Inn and was also featured on the small screen in the Rankin and Bass Easter special, The First Easter Bunny. The number is perhaps most fondly remembered from the 1948 MGM classic of the same name starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Here is their version.

7 “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”

With a winter like we’ve been having there isn’t another song that could hit closer to home for us in New York. Often replayed around Christmas time, this song has also enjoyed plenty of recordings. Here the incomparable Judy Garland sings it on her 1960′s “Judy Garland Hour” with the Count Basie Orchestra!

 

6 “Anything You Cand Do (I Can Do Better)”

Written as part of Berlin’s most famous book musical, Annie Get Your Gun, “Anything You Can Do…” is one of Berlin’s most notable tunes. As one of the greatest odes to showmanship, the song has sprung up nearly everywhere. In one of my favorite reincarnations, Fran Drescher sings the song upside down on her 1990′s sitcom, “The Nanny.”

 

5 “White Christmas”

One of the greatest Christmas songs of all time! Many remember Bing Crosby singing the song in the 1954 movie of the same title. Crosby actually debuted the song 12 years earlier in the 1942 classic, Holiday Inn. Here Michael Buble sings the song for his NBC Christmas special as a posthumous duet with a hologram of Bing Crosby.

 

4 “Puttin’ On the Ritz”

Few remember Harry Richman’s debut of the famous tune in the 1930 movie of the same name. More remember Fred Astaire’s show stopping version in the 1946 film, Blue Skies. However, most remember the song best as a duet between a man and his monster. Gene Wilder had to convince Mel Brooks that the song was the perfect fit for his 1974 classic, Young Frankenstein. Thanks to Peter Boyle’s brilliant delivery of the song’s title, we will never forget this incredible number.

 

3 “Cheek to Cheek”

One of his most romantic up-tempo songs, “Cheek to Cheek” debuted in the 1935 film Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The song has recently had a revival courtesy of a new Grammy Award winning album of the same name by Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa.

 

2 “God Bless America”

Written by Berlin twenty years earlier, he filed it away until 1938, when Kate Smith’s manager asked Berlin if he had a patriotic song Smith might sing to mark the 20th anniversary of Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. it quickly became the second National Anthem after America entered World War II a few years later. Over the decades it has earned millions for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to whom Berlin assigned all royalties. Here is Kate Smith’s original version.

 

1 “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

Originally debuting in the 1946 musical, Annie Get Your Gun, leave it to Berlin to write the quintessential show business anthem. The song has been recorded many times, spawning its own movie in 1954 featuring the woman who made it famous, Ethel Merman. This song sings for itself!

American Showstoppers: An Evening with Irving Berlin; Friday, March 6th at 7:30pm; Ticket Prices $49 | $39 | $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St, New York, NY, 10038; (212) 346-1715 https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/938583