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30 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Where it Happened

 

Can’t get enough of the Tony Award ® and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Hamilton? (We all can’t!) Can’t get a ticket? (We all can’t!) But you can still get the Hamilton experience by taking a trip down town. Remember that lyric, “Everything is happening in the greatest city in the world.” The FiDi district is home to Fraunce’s Tavern, Federal Hall and Trinity Church which are all mentioned in the Broadway smash hit.

Fraunces Tavern in downtown Manhattan

Fraunces Tavern in downtown Manhattan

Fraunce’s Tavern has been in operation since 1762 and was a popular drinking spot for, “young, scrappy and hungry,” revolutionaries Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton.  The location is portrayed in act one of the popular musical when the young revolutionaries sing “The Story of Tonight.” It is said that Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr shared a meal there just one week before their fatal duel that ended Hamilton’s life. Today, it is both a fully functioning tavern and restaurant as well as a museum. You can either stroll through their galleries for an informative history lesson or you can sit down and have a pint in honor of our founding fathers.

Just down the street from the tavern is Federal Hall on 26 Wall Street. In 1788, the first congress met in Federal Hall to draft the Bill of Rights. The spot was also where George Washington took his first inaugural oath as our country’s first president in 1789. Alexander Hamilton’s home was located just a block away on wall Street.

Alexander Hamilton founded the Bank of New York in 1797. The site of that first bank is now the current Museum of American Finance. If you visit the site at 48 Wall street, you can visit their Hamilton room which features signed documents and examples of his written work.

Alexander Hamilton's final resting spot in Trinity Church Cemetery.

Alexander Hamilton’s final resting spot in Trinity Church Cemetery.

End your Hamilton journey at Trinity Church Cemetery where the real Alexander Hamilton is laid to rest. His grave and monument attracts countless visitors per year. The church and adjacent cemetery are registered Historical landmarks and the church yard is open from 8am till sunset.

Of course the best way to wrap up a busy day in the FiDi district is to unwind and see a show at the Schimmel Center.  You can find the Schimmel’s entire line-up for the 2016-2017 season at SchimmelCenter.org. If you can’t get into the room where it happened,  you will be down the street from where it really did happen and you may discover the next big thing.

 

03 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Make Downtown Your Weekend Family Weekend Destination

Fall is quickly approaching and young school aged children are dreading the shorter days because they know it means back to school. Fall weekends still pose an interesting question for parents, “how do I entertain the children while sticking close to home?” Make your answer this fall be, “Downtown Manhattan.” The quickly evolving neighborhood is full of ways to entertain your entire family.

Downtown is home to some truly incredible parks, museums and world renowned institutions. The historic South Street Seaport can be found under the Brooklyn Bridge and is home to many unique shops, restaurants and stunning views of the New York Harbor. Stroll the cobble stone streets and take in the unique shopping and stellar restaurants.

The gorgeous SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park.

The gorgeous SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bronx may be up but the Battery is definitely downtown. The gorgeous Battery Park has been a staple in many films and television shows because of its gorgeous views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Take a leisurely walk down its main promenade. The Battery Conservatory is also a perfect place to pick up many different harbor cruises for stellar views of the Manhattan Skyline. Be sure to take the kids on the magnificent Sea Glass carousel for a ride they won’t soon forget.

Downtown is also home to two wonderful and insightful museums about two diverse groups that are both part of the fabric of New York’s rich history. A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian displays artifacts from the culture of the native people who originally called our land home. From intricately woven baskets to beaded buckskin shirts and even contemporary work, the exhibits rotate regularly so there’s always more to come back and explore.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage details Jewish life throughout the last century and is a living memorial to the Holocaust. The collection consists of 24 documentary films, 2,000 photographs and 800 cultural artifacts including textiles, toys and musical instruments. Again, the main collection rotates so there is always more to see.

New York Theatre Ballet's Carnival of the Animals. Photo Credit- Richard Termine

New York Theatre Ballet’s Carnival of the Animals.
Photo Credit- Richard Termine

The perfect corner stone to your family trip downtown is taking in one of our fabulous child friendly performances at the Schimmel Center. This October we welcome the New York Theatre Ballet’s Carnival of the Animals. The one hour presentation is perfect for the little ones as it offers an engaging story with bright sets and costumes, enchanting music and a run time that won’t test their attention span.

We hope to see you downtown this fall!

18 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Announcing the 2016-2017 season!

In the midst of this July heat wave we are excited to offer you some good news. The Schimmel Center is proud to announce the 2016-2017 season. We are thrilled to continue our mission of presenting internationally acclaimed productions in an intimate space with a focus on the areas of music, dance, cabaret, film and lectures. We have expanded our offerings this season to include renowned bluegrass ensembles and uproarious comedy.EBLAST-SUBSCRIPTIONS-1_04

This season we welcome NPR favorite, Paula Poundstone as she brings her signature style and hilarious wit to the Schimmel stage for one night of stand-up comedy you won’t want to miss. The riotous masters of Shakespearean brevity, The Reduced Shakespeare Company bring the New York City premiere of their newest play, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged).

You have two chances to celebrate the holidays this season with two festive concerts. Grammy® Award winning arranger, Rob Mathes brings his acclaimed holiday concert to the Schimmel stage for its New York City debut with a cast of world class musicians and vocalists. Rock band Cloverton celebrates the holidays with their Hallelujah Christmas tour including classic hymns such as, “What Child is This?” and “Joy to the World,” as well as new favorites such as “Carol of the Bells and “A Hallelujah Christmas.”

We are happy to welcome back audience favorites such as Fred Barton’s popular American Showstoppers series celebrating the work of Frank Loesser and Kander and Ebb. Dr. Janetta Benton’s intellectually stimulating Art History Alive lectures return with two exciting series. Explore the changing ideals of the human form in “Body Beautiful” and take a virtual field trip to homes of history’s greatest artists in “Home is where the Art Is.”

We are once again your family entertainment destination with New York Theatre Ballet’s Once Upon a Ballet Series. Three classic children’s stories are presented in an accessible, hour-long format with inventive choreography, colorful costumes and engaging sets. Marvel in the whimsy of Carnival of the Animals, relive the classic rags-to-riches story of Cinderella and take a trip down the rabbit hole with all of your favorite Lewis Carroll characters in The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies. These productions are perfect for the whole family.

Both Taylor 2 Dance Company and the New York Theatre Ballet leap back on to our stage with exciting new programs to engage the entire family.EBLAST-SUBSCRIPTIONS-2_04

Delight in the athletic and rousing traditions of the Argentinian gauchos in Che Malambo. Marvel at the spectacular Chinese martial artists and acrobats of Immortal Chi. Revel in the mastery of Kayhan Kalhor’s soulful Persian melodies and be transported to ancient India with Bickram Ghosh and his ensemble of Indian percussionists. By Popular demand, DakhaBrakha is back for one night of their enchanting and hypnotic Ukrainian music. They will also be debuting music from their yet to be released album.

We’ve made it even easier and affordable for our patrons to subscribe with our curated subscription series. Each series includes three performances that work to complement each other, further adding to your enjoyment and appreciation of our programming. For those patrons who want a taste of everything, we continue to offer our popular, “Build Your Own” series.

Subscriptions are all on sale starting today, Monday, July 18. The curated series is available online and all subscriptions are available by calling the Schimmel Center box office at 212 -346-1715. To learn more, visit SchimmelCenter.org/Subscribe. Single Tickets go on sale, Monday August 8th. The Schimmel Center box office will resume their regular operating ours on Monday, August 8th.

From all of us at the Schimmel Center, we look forward to seeing you this season.

 

11 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Putting the Fun Back in Classical Music

Classical music is about to get its humor back. This Sunday, April 17th, the Schimmel is very excited to welcome the four ladies of Salut Salon to our stage. This quirky quartet is comprised of four established musicians at the top of their game who also happen to have quite the comic chops. Come marvel at this group’s musical mastery and comic skill as they blend classical and contemporary favorites. The stunning quartet is comprised of Angelika Bachmann (violin & vocals), Iris Siegfried (violin & vocals), Sonja Lena Schmid (cello & vocals) and Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano & vocals).

The group has been around for decades but recently went viral in 2014 when their video titled “la dispute” hit over twenty million views on YouTube.

 

 

In their latest stage show, Carnival of the Animals and Other Fantasies, the group tackles “epic animal stories.” Audiences can expect to hear Billy May’s”Green Hornet,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Escualo” (a shark who has the pleasure of meeting John Williams’ great white brother from the famous movie) and even selections from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. It’s sure to be a truly entertaining evening of song and laughter.

 

 

Salut Salon;  Sunday, April 17th at 7:30pm; All seats $39; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715; Tickets available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/949259

05 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Chamber Music for a New Generation: Stewart Copeland & Jon Kimura Parker’s “Off The Score”

Music lovers are in for a treat. This Friday, April 8, World renowned drummer, 5 time- Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stewart Copeland and Acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker are joining together in a unique musical program titled, “Off the Score.” The program promises to “explore the intersection of the notes on the page combined with the improvisational instincts of the rock and jazz musician.

Copeland was described by Downtown Magazine writer, Kellie M Walsh as, “that rare bird of rockstar in a classical world, a wide, wild fury of flailing arms, eye teeth, polyrhythms and flying drumsticks infiltrating the lush, regimented tradition of the symphony. Copeland is the guy that brings a trashcan to a concerto.” It is with this passion for both contemporary and classic musical styles that Copeland designs this special program along with renowned musician Jon Kimura Parker.

The evening will also be a collaboration with established musical artists such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Yoon Kwon, classical/jazz double bassist Marlon Martinez and electronic valve instrumentalist Judd Miller. Program selections may include classical standards, Copeland originals, a modern interpretation of The Police and possibly Aphex Twin.

Don’t miss the trailer for this exciting musical event below. Be sure to book your seats for an evening that promises to be chamber music for a new generation: propulsive, engaging, interesting and, most of all, fun!

 

Stewart Copeland & Jon Kimura Parker & Co. Off the Score;  Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm; $65 | $49 | $39; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715; Tickets available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/949256