Summer at the Schimmel

Things are heating up this summer as the River to River Festival returns to the Schimmel Theatre.

The Schimmel Theatre will help kick off the River to River Festival, a month-long celebration of fun and free events ranging from music to movies to theater to art to dance in downtown Manhattan. Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan on Sunday, June 16 for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, an incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. This year, prepare for nine hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative, pioneering musicians of our time, side-by-side with some of today’s newest, exciting young artists.

On June 23 and 30, River to River continues with the New York Electronic Art Festival, bringing cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum to the Schimmel Theatre. On June 25, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company presents an evening of five composed works—including two music and dance world premieres—in honor of the 45th anniversary of the company and Lubovitch’s 50th year in dance. The evening will feature live performances by Ransom Wilson’s group, Le Train Bleu, and special musical guests.

So Percussion and legendary performance visualists The Joshua Light Show collaborate to create a River to River event to remember on July 13. So Percussion performs works of their own from Amid the Noise, Imaginary City, and Where (we) Live, along with special guests including Grey Mcmurray, Angelica Negron, and Kaoru Watanabe.

For more information on events at the Schimmel and around downtown, visit http://rivertorivernyc.com/.

Summer at the Schimmel

Looking for things to do around Pace’s New York City Campus over the summer? NYC’s River to River Festival returns to keep you busy in June and July.

This summer’s River to River Festival brings a myriad of fun, free events to the Downtown area. This year, River to River presents a four-week season that focuses on artists who are native New Yorkers or whose works have been greatly inspired by the Big Apple. Several events scheduled for June and July will be held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s NYC Campus.

Oceanic Verses
Monday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
River to River presents the New York premiere of acclaimed new music composer Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses. This full-length multimedia opera created in collaboration with librettist Donna Di Novelli, film artist Ali Hossaini, and director Kevin Newbury is set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, where two ghosts re-enact their courtship, a sailor searches for lost songs, and a scholar discovers a common past.

Arieb Azhar
Tuesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by this singer-songwriter and his acoustic band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Azhar leads a quartet of musicians in an eclectic mix of urban and folk-based songs grounded in Sufi and other humanist poetries from across Eurasia, paying tribute to Irish balladeers, Croatian gypsies, Punjabi traders, and ancient Sanskrit texts.

Source of Uncertainty II
Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Source of Uncertainty II features a premiere performance of Energy Shapes by Morton Subotnick and excerpts from Silver Apples of the Moon. Preceding Subotnick’s performance will be a presentation of Orchestra of the Damned by Richard Lainhart.

Missy Mazzoli and Victoire
Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The River to River Festival presents a musical portrait of “postclassical queen bee,” composer Missy Mazzoli. Performing songs with her own signature “shimmering, surging, post-Minimalist flow” (Time Out New York), Mazzoli will be joined by Matt Mehlan with his band Skeletons. The concert will feature world premieres by Mehlan and Mazzoli.

Alarm Will Sound performing John Cage’s Song Books
Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound’s fans know that the group has been combining music and theater for some time now. What they might not know is that John Cage’s work was an early inspiration to take that path. The members of the ensemble did a production of Song Books as students years before starting Alarm Will Sound and much of what they’ve accomplished since then in innovating the concert-hall experience goes right back to the excitement they felt during that first Song Books.

For more information about these and other events going on in the Downtown area, visit the River to River site.

River to River to Pace

Looking for things to do around Pace’s New York City Campus over the summer? NYC’s River to River Festival returns to keep you busy in June and July.

This summer’s River to River Festival brings a myriad of fun, free events to the Downtown area. This year, in celebration of the 10th season anniversary, River to River presents a four-week season that focuses on artists who are native New Yorkers or whose works have been greatly inspired by the Big Apple. Several events scheduled for June and July will be held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s NYC Campus.

Theo Bleckmann with Future Quest and Fula Flute—June 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Theo Bleckmann will perform with Future Quest, a quintet devoted to “re-imaginings” of Meredith Monk’s music. Future Quest is Bleckmann on vocals, saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, pianist Gary Versace, and John Hollenbeck on percussion. They will be joined by Guinean music group Fula Flute.

Terry Riley and Ronu Majumdar—
July 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Renowned composer Terry Riley returns to NYC to celebrate his post-75th Birthday. Pace is proud to present minimalism pioneer Terry Riley as he performs Indian ragas with arrangements played by progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Indian bansuri flute maestro Ronu Majumdar.

Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki—July 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Rider, the resident string quartet of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, are masters of new music that draws inspiration from various cultures and disparate artistic traditions. Brooklyn Rider will be joined by Japanese bamboo flute master Kojiro Umezaki, also a member of the Silk Road project.

For more information about these and other events going on in the Downtown area, visit the River to River site.