On September 21, the Schimmel curtain rises on Sonorama, presented by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica the world’s only big band dedicated to performing the lost space-age pop music of Juan Garcia Esquivel. Led by Mr. Ho (Brian O’Neill), the group has rescued the king-of-space-age-bachelor-pad’s arrangements via meticulous by-ear transcriptions of Esquivel’s recordings, which were known for exploiting the new sound called “stereo” of the 50s and 60s.
A Gypsy Swing Festival shimmies to the Schimmel stage on September 28 with a performance of “Django’s Dream.” For one unforgettable night, this mini festival celebrates Gypsy swing of the 1930s in unexpected ways under the artistic direction of guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel. Wrembel, who has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone and who composed the music for Woody Allen’s last two films, will be joined by Kamlo who interprets Django via the Mediterranean, and Flamenco and Gypsy swing-style guitar master Alfonso Ponticelli.
Art history comes alive from October 9-October 30, when Pace University’s very own distinguished professor and art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns for an exciting and stimulating discussion about art, history, and culture with a focus on France. Travel vicariously through the ages as these richly-illustrated lectures examine the highpoints of architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts in France, from the late Middle Ages through Post-Impressionism, approximately 1000 AD-1900 AD.
The legendary Edith Piaf comes to life on November 1 as Jil Aigrot, the singing voice of Piaf in the award-winning film La Vie en Rose, entertains you with the ‘music hall’ period of Edith Piaf’s career during which Piaf sang her most famous hits. On stage, video will include never before seen images of Piaf’s life.
Move to a new beat on November 24 when Yamato the Drummers of Japan take you on a wild ride! With a motto that calls “to make the world a little more happy,” Yamato travels all over the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere. Don’t miss this evening of incredible musical expertise, athleticism, and stunning showmanship!
Finish the first half of the season as the Gelsey Kirkland Academy brings their version of the perennial holiday classic to the Schimmel from December 12-15. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic and emotional score, The Nutcracker is a richly symbolic story about a young girl’s journey through fear and darkness to the light of love, guided by her godfather, Drosselmeyer. Marie’s transformation from child to princess to marriage with the ideal prince begins with an unlikely gift from her godfather at a Christmas Eve party: an ugly doll that cracks hard nuts. Follow Marie as she is menaced by dark forces and ultimately rescued by the Nutcracker who leads her up the Christmas tree into the land of snow and beyond…into his kingdom.
Discounted tickets for faculty and staff can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visiting the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit schimmel.pace.edu.