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01 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Battle of the Brass: Inside the New York Brass Showdown

The New York Gypsy Festival is back! Always proving to be one of our most popular offerings, the 11th Annual Gypsy Festival is hosting their finale show at the Schimmel. This year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Four of New York’s greatest Brass bands will converge on the Schimmel Stage for an epic battle of the bands. The winner will take home the title of, “Best Brass Band in New York.” The four Brass Bands featured range from Gypsy style to Klezmer; bringing our audience a rounded and robust experience as diverse as the Big Apple itself. Be sure to watch the clips of the bands below. Then be sure to book your seats for this one-of -a-kind event which is also the first of it’s kind in the tri-state area.


Slavic Soul Party


Underground Horns


Hungry March Band


Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars


New York Brass Showdown featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring Eleanor Reissa, Hugry March Band, Slavic Soul Party, Underground Horns; Part of the 11th Annual New York Gypsy Festival; Curated by Livesounds.org; Sunday, September 20th at 3pm; All Seats $19; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715


24 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Healing Through Dance: Inside Gaspard&Dancers’ “Trilogy”

In 2010 the small island nation of Haiti saw one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent memory when they were ravaged by an earthquake of a 7.0 magnitude. Now, 5 years later one artist is offering his personal response to the devastation of his home nation with a moving dance tribute. Gaspard Louis, a native of Haiti and  former dancer of the renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatpany in 2009. re for 10 years, started his own company in 2009. Comprised of three dance pieces, his latest piece, “Trilogy” tells the story of a community visited by disaster and their journey of healing and rebuilding.

Gaspard Louis explains the piece in his own words.

“The trilogy was my own personal response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I created ‘Souke’ - shake , which is the first piece of the ‘Trilogy’ after I interviewed Jean Leon Destine , whom I like to refer to as the ‘father of Haitian.’ At the time of the interview I was working on my MFA and the interview was my thesis , which was the piece ‘Souke’ - shake referencing the earthquake. This piece demonstrates the strength and resiliency of the Haitian people. It also shows how when we all come together for a common cause we can  do anything.  The Haitians did not have big fancy machines to dig the bodies from underneath the rubble, that did not stop them from using their bare hands to help their fellow citizens.

“‘Annatations’ - made up word – came from the word ‘natation’, as in to swing across to the other side. This title was actually coined by my friend and supporter David Liu, who I refer to as Gaspard&Dancers’ philosopher in residence. This piece is about the 300,000 souls who were perished from this natural disaster. These souls found themselves in the realm of purgatory, having to undergo a final cleansing process before they move to their final destination.

 “L’Esprit “- the Spirit – is about a town that is brought  to life again. They realize that life must go on.”

 “Trilogy” plays this Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th at 7:30pm.  Enjoy the video below and book your seats for this stirring work of dance.

Gaspard&DAncers’ “Trilogy”;  Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th at 7:30pm; All Seats $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715

18 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pumpkins, Glass Slippers and Tutus: Inside New York Theatre Ballet’s Cinderella

Once upon a time……..

This Sunday, September 20th, the Schimmel is proud to kick off our 2015-16 “Family Fun” season with New York Theatre Ballet’s acclaimed version of Cinderella.  What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with the classic “rags-to-riches” tale of princesses, pumpkins, fairy godmothers and glass slipper? Cinderella is part of the New York Theatre Ballet’s “Once Upon a Ballet” series. New York Theatre Ballet is committed to building an appreciation of dance among pre-school and grade school children. Their approach to dancing for children is groundbreaking and unique. Each year it presents an entire season of one-hour classic story ballets tailored to the attention span of young kids with choreography that is sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent. Over the last 30 years Once Upon a Ballet has introduced thousands of youngsters in New York City and around the country to the world of ballet and dance, fostering their knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts and building audiences of the future.

Tickets are going fast! Be sure to enjoy the trailer of this enchanting production below!


New York Theatre Ballet’s “Cinderella”;  Sunday, September 20th at 3pm; Seats $20 for adults and $10 for students and children; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715

14 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Something Old and Something New: Inside New York Theatre Ballet’s “Legends & Visionaries”

The Schimmel Center is proud to open our season on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th with the highly celebrated, New York Theatre Ballet’s “Legends & Visionaries.” This program both revives classic work by legendary choreographers Merce Cunningham and Agnes DeMille and debuts exciting new pieces by contemporary choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Nicolo Fonte.

Members of New York Theatre Ballet

Members of New York Theatre Ballet

In juxtaposition to their family matinee offering, Cinderella, on Sunday, September 20th, the “Legends and Visionaries” program will feature two fairy tales with grown up sensibilities. The company is ecstatic to be presenting a revival of Agnes de Mille’s “Three Virgins and a Devil,” which first premiered in 1941. The comic ballet tells the story of three virginal maids who end up running across the devil and is based on a folk tale by Giovanni Boccaccio. De Mille, perhaps most famous for her choreography of landmark musicals such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Brigadoon, began her career with American Ballet Theatre in 1939. “Three Virgins and a Devil” was one of many successful pieces that she would create for the company. Her love for acting and storytelling helped shape her choreography. Her subjects varied from the romance of the old west (Rodeo) to the scandalous life of Lizzie Borden (Fall River Legend.) Fun fact: Sallie Wilson, one of the original “virgins” in the 1941 premiere of the piece later became New York Theatre Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and coach for over 15 years, until her death.

Nicolo Fonte’s “There, And Back Again,” is an updated, adult take on the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel. The piece has been well received by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, “Mr. Fonte’s ‘There, and Back Again’ is a dramatic dance quartet that confers distinct characters on its two men, Mr. Melendez and Michael Wells (a performer whose elegance has an appealing brutishness) and two women, Ms. Treiber and Elena Zahlmann. We’re immediately aware of mystery (one dancer is masked). Mr. Fonte doesn’t let the tension drop throughout the sustained duets, trios, quartets; and it’s heightened by occasional Expressionist, staccato gestures and turns of the head.” The piece continues the long relationship between Mr. Fonte and New York Theatre Ballet, which was the first company to commission Fonte’s work right after his graduation from SUNY Purchase.

The evening also sees a revival of Merce Cunningham’s Cross Currents first performed in 1964. The trio is re-staged by Jennifer Goggans and is performed to an arrangement of Conlon Nancarrow’s Rhythm Studies for Player Piano Nos. 1-6.  The title of the piece comes from the way the dancer’s paths frequently intersect, and from the original rhythmic qualities of the ballet, where each dancer has their own, distinct rhythms, but always meet at the end of the phrase.NYTB’s founder and Artistic Director, Diana Byer, calls the piece, “compelling and unpredictable but always satisfying.”

The program is rounded out by Pam Tanowitz’s Double Andante. Performed to a classic work by Ludwig van Beethoven, the piece is the perfect metaphor for the evening; the new juxtaposed by the classic.

See you at the Schimmel!

Schimmel Center Blogger

Michael Scott-Torbet

New York Theatre Ballet’s “Legends & Visionaries”; Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th at 7:30pm; All Seats $29; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715 ; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/949159

04 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Announcing the 2015-16 Season!

While the long “dog days” of Summer have mercilessly been pouring heat onto the tri-state area, our team, under the direction of Executive Director Martin I. Kagan, has been diligently working to bring you an exciting roster of world renowned artists in the areas of music, theatre, dance, film, cabaret, lecture and family programming. This season seeks to not only entertain but to inspire, provoke and capture your imagination. It is my pleasure to introduce you to the 2015-16 season.

Singer and comedian, Ana Gasteyer will join us on March 12 for her cabaret act, I'm Hip.

Singer and comedian, Ana Gasteyer will join us on March 12 for her cabaret act, I’m Hip.

Take a trip around the world with the musical stylings of the acclaimed artists of Iceland’s Bedroom Community record label, and Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha. Time travel with The Intergalactic Nemesis to a time when radio dramas ruled the air waves and stories were told through the inventive use of sound. Join us as classical music is redefined by the quirky and the soulful Sons of Serendip. Engage in meaningful world issues as The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra debuts Gary S. Fagin’s piece Supreme Justice: the Battle for Gay Rights, and Gaspard & Dancers perform the NY Premiere of their moving dance trilogy about the aftermath of the devastating 2010 Hattian earthquake. Brush elbows with celebrities when SNL’s Anna Gasteyer brings us her star powered cabaret hit, I’m Hip. You can even become one degree closer to Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael Bacon, when the Bacon Brothers perform their musical repertoire on the Schimmel Stage. Don’t miss famed drummer, Stewart Copeland (of The Police) as he joins forces with the prolific pianist Jon Kimura Parker when they lead a team of skilled musicians in a new program they call, Off the Score.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back three of our audience’s favorite series. Fred Barton bounces back to our stage with his 13-piece orchestra and cast of Broadway singers and dancers to celebrate the musical legacies of Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter. Ben Model lends his unique accompaniment and historical commentary to an exciting series of silent films which include performances by classic stars such as Harold Lloyd, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks and the little tramp himself, Charlie Chaplin. It is always a pleasure to welcome back Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton to our lecture podium. This year her popular art lecture series will focus on great American Masters such as Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol.

Choreographer, Mariella Franganillo (Tango Connection, Recuerdo Tango) will bring us a revamped revival of her 2005 off-Broadway hit, Swango, which she co-created with choreographer Robert Royston (Broadway’s Swing!)and Tony Award winning playwright, Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood.) It is also an honor to welcome back the astonishing and eccentric Flying Karamazov Brothers to the New York Stage.

By participating in our programming here at the Schimmel, you contribute to the rich culture of arts and education that we hold so dear in downtown Manhattan. By purchasing a ticket or becoming a member, you enrich our community and play a vital and integral role in the growth of the Schimmel as a center of the local arts landscape. At Schimmel Center you are more than our patrons, you are our community.

Our complete line-up can be found below in the digital copy of our interactive brochure.


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The Flying Karamazov Brothers will return to NYC with their outlandish hijinks!

The Flying Karamazov Brothers will return to NYC with their outlandish hijinks!Our complete line-up can be found below in the digital copy of our gorgeous brochure.