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/.

Curtain’s Up!

The 2012-2013 season kicks off this month with a variety of music, dance, theater, and cabaret performances. Pick your pleasure, as this season’s Schimmel lineup is sure to have something for everybody.

The Pace Presents 2012-2013 season, which runs from September through April, will kick off with a performance on September 22 by Fanfare Ciočarlia, a thrilling 12-piece brass orchestra and one of the world’s most cherished Gypsy bands. If brass bands aren’t your thing, not to worry—there are plenty more performances that may pique your interest.

On September 28, Fatoumata Diawara takes the stage for her New York debut. At the center of her music is a warm, affecting voice; spare, rhythmical guitar playing; and gorgeously melodic songs incorporating elements of funk, soul, and jazz.

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, but Pace is delighted to have one of the world’s most renowned Shakespeare companies back on the Westchester and New York City campuses for a third time. On October 2-7, following a widely acclaimed tour and run at the Globe in 2011, a handful of players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of Hamlet, in the US. This engaging and youthful production has political conspiracy, obsession, violence, depth, humor, and tragedy. The Westchester presentation of Hamlet will be performed outside on the Miller Lawn.

On October 13, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, India’s most celebrated living artist and an extraordinary percussionist of international renown, will be joined by bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia, a nephew of maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Also scheduled for this October are performances by jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle, and a banjo summit, featuring Béla Fleck with some of the world’s most influential bluegrass banjo players.

Things heat up this November 3 and 4 as the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brings its celebrated repertoire to the Schimmel. Calpulli will be unveiling its world premiere of Dia de los Muertos, evoking the unending relationship between the living and the departed with music and dance as the language that transcends. As the year comes to a close, join Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte and her special guests on December 8 as she celebrates the holidays. In the past, her guests have included Harvey Fierstein, Oscar and Tony Award-winning composer, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Broadway fave Rebecca Luker, among others.

Just to name a few, planned for the spring are performances by renowned British dance company, Scattered; acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa and Lower Manhattan’s own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra; and back by popular demand, an eight-part lecture series by Pace Professor Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, which will focus on Italian art—from the Pantheon to St. Peter’s.

Tickets for staff and faculty are $10 and can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visting 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.

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.

Starry Days Devoted to Starry Nights

Learn about the “Lord of the Lights,” the mystery behind Mona Lisa’s smile, and more in this new lecture series from Distinguished Professor and renowned art historian Janetta Rebold Benton.

“I think this lecture series has the potential to fulfill its goal—to enhance the cultural and artistic environment of lower Manhattan,” says Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, of her series of four lectures on Great Painters and Their Masterpieces planned for this fall. “It’s one thing to rebuild the buildings of lower Manhattan; it’s another to rebuild the various aspects that make a vibrant community.”

Benton who, in addition to being Distinguished Professor of Art History and Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College on the Pleasantville Campus, is also an acclaimed art historian, author, and lecturer. She will kick off the Pace Presents season at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts with her lecture series. Known for her fast-paced, fact-filled lecture style, she frequently speaks at famed art locales such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.

The series, which begins at the Schimmel Center on Wednesday, October 12, features four artists from four different countries representing four different major styles of art.  Each lecture will be an hour long and will be richly illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation. And at the end of each lecture Benton will summarize the key points in rhymed poetry.  She explained, “I want them [the audience] to remember what they’ve seen and to walk out, endorphins flowing.”

“If I had the opportunity to meet only one artist in all of art history—and if language were no barrier—I would pick Leonardo da Vinci,” she says in regard to the topic of her first lecture. Following each presentation, audience interaction will be increased through a themed lunch and questions devised to involve members in the discussion. “After the Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance lecture we’re going to have an Italian menu at lunch. There I will pose two questions. The first: If you could own one of Leonardo’s works that I just showed you, which would you choose and why? And then second: If you could ask Leonardo da Vinci one question, what would you ask him?”

What would Benton ask Leonardo da Vinci if given the opportunity? “I would ask him to paint my portrait and make me even more mysterious than the Mona Lisa.”

The series continues with presentations on Rembrandt and the Baroque, Vincent van Gogh and Post-Impressionism, and Pablo Picasso and Cubism. Benton is looking to the future and will continue her lecture series in the spring with talks on Michelangelo, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit www.pace.edu/schimmel. Faculty and staff can sign up for discounted tickets of $10. Please use the code PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted tickets. You may purchase tickets online at www.pace.edu/schimmel, by phone at (866)811-4111, or in person at the Schimmel Box Office, Monday through Friday from 1: 00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Schimmel Takes Center Stage

Curtain’s up! The Schimmel Theatre unveils its exciting fall lineup of events. With everything from lectures to tango, and cabaret to film, the Schimmel is sure to have something for you.

“It’s everything—it’s film, it’s lectures, it’s dance, it’s music—it’s theatre,” says Abigail Buell, marketing and public relations manager for the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, which is operated by the department of Cultural Affairs. She’s talking about all of the great new programming that the Schimmel Theatre will be presenting this season, under the auspices of Pace Presents.

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is shaking things up this fall with a new look, new programming, and a new mission. Under the direction of Martin Kagan, Pace’s department of Cultural Affairs is gearing up the Schimmel Theatre to become an epicenter in lower Manhattan for culturally and artistically enriching experiences.

Terence Blanchard

“We’re in the process of really giving ourselves a new image,” says Buell. “We have a wonderful new director, we’re building a new website, we’ve got focused lineup for the year—it’s a really important time for us to build an audience.” Pace’s Cultural Affairs department wants to engage not only members of the University community and lower Manhattan, but also the entirety of New York City.

The season kicks off with the first installment of the Great Painters and Their Masterpieces lecture series with Pace’s own Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, who will discuss da Vinci on Wednesday, October 12. Over Homecoming weekend the Schimmel Theatre will present an evening of cabaret featuring Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in BOOM! Later this fall, jazz legend and five-time Grammy award-winner, Terence Blanchard will take the stage on November 5.

“We’re so excited about our new programming and the Pace Presents season and can’t wait to share it with the Pace Community and the Lower Manhattan community as a whole,” says Kagan.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway

The Pace Presents 2011-2012 season runs from October through May. Scheduled for the spring are performances by the old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, followed by their album release party; Argentine Nights: Tango, a performance by Argentinean tango dancers followed by a milonga with dance instructions for the audience; and much more.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Thursday, September 15. Pace faculty and staff receive a special discounted rate of $10 to all shows unless otherwise advertised. (Use code: PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted ticket.) You may purchase tickets online at schimmel.pace.edu, by phone at (866) 811-4111, or in person at the Schimmel Box Office, Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit schimmel.pace.edu.

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.


The Bard Is Back

This fall, Pace becomes a downtown destination for all things Shakespeare with four productions at the Schimmel.

Merry Wives
Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

This fall will kick off an exciting season of Shakespeare at Pace, featuring four performances at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from world-renowned theatre companies. First in the lineup: Romeo and Juliet, by Tony Award winning The Acting Company runs from October 22 to October 24. Then, Shakespeare’s Globe of London returns to Pace to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor October 28 to November 7. Theatre for a New Audience puts on The Merchant of Venice February 27 to March 13, starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, and The Acting Company rounds out the season with Comedy of Errors April 5 to April 17.

Why Shakespeare and why Pace? According to David Watson, director of cultural events for Pace, this new fall lineup is a natural extension of the relationship that Pace has already built with Shakespeare’s Globe of London. “When Pace announced the Globe was coming back, we had the idea to build a season around it,” says Watson. Although he originally envisioned only one additional show, when renowned companies The Acting Company and Theatre for a New Audience both approached Pace looking for space to rehearse, the idea of a fully fledged festival began to take shape.

“In its current form, this could become an annual experience,” says Watson, who has hopes of the event also taking a stronger international focus, showcasing Shakespeare productions from around the globe. “Rather than one British and two American companies, it would be fun to add a show each year from another country,” says Watson, who cites a Russian production of Richard III, a South African production of Macbeth, and a Chinese production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as just a few of the great international productions on his radar.

The festival is also the culmination of one Pace professor’s dream. Watson notes that Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Christopher Thomas, who recently passed away, had once designed a Globe set for the Schimmel in order to give students a feel for what it would be like to experience performances on the historic stage. “The original vision for the theater was that the Schimmel would be a place for Shakespeare,” says Watson. Even the Bard might agree that after this season, “thy worldly task hast done.”

Learn more about the festival and purchase your tickets today.

More than Fun and Plays

In addition to the four plays, there are a number of unique learning opportunities built around the productions.

  • Each show will include a Talkback Session—a free event where audiences can stay and speak to cast members and artistic contributors.
  • All shows (with the exception of Romeo and Juliet) will also include “Centerpiece Lectures,” given by experts in the field such as Pace Distinguished Professor Martha Driver, PhD, (Merry Wives of Windsor) that delve into certain aspects of the play and production.
  • Pace performing arts students will be offered master classes taught by members of the cast.
  • Pace will also be hosting the Globe’s “Executive Education” for Shakespeare educators—the first program of its kind on the East Coast, which introduces 12 competitively selected high school instructors and their students to an 18-month educational program taking place on the Pace campus with summer sessions in London.

To learn more, visit: http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/globeeducation

Put Some Stock in Your Summer

From July 16-18, celebrate Broadway at the Schimmel Center, where five Pace students share the stage with some of the brightest stars in the business.

Whether you’re a Broadway veteran or a newly converted Glee fan, Summer Stock NYC’s musical revue is sure to make your heart sing. This new event was created by musical theater company and conservatory CAP21, which makes high-quality musical productions accessible to local audiences while also serving as a training ground for actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, and designers. This year’s case includes five of Pace University’s musical theater students.

“One of the reasons we wanted this was the opportunity for Pace students to perform with highly professional stars,” says Director of Cultural Affairs David Watson. “This has been in the works for years.” This year’s show features a mix of modern and traditional Broadway numbers and a cast including Broadway and cabaret artist Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), As the World Turns Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk (Bring Back Birdie), and Kelly Felthous (National Tour of Grease).

Founded in 1994, CAP21 trains more than 400 qualified actors each year and has an alumni roster that includes some of today’s most recognizable names, such as: Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, and Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars.

Rising Pace junior and musical theater major Sarah Nathan, who is part of the ensemble cast says, “I have never created a show from the ground up. This is an eye-opening experience, as well as an educational opportunity.”

Watson hopes the Summer Stock NYC event will be the beginning of an established relationship with CAP21. “We are aiming toward a full-scale musical production of a Broadway musical that will open at Pace and go to different theaters throughout the five boroughs,” he says. “This would be a full summer of employment for the students, with five to six weeks of touring.”

While musical theatre students are no strangers to performing, it’s the professional aspect of participating in Summer Stock NYC that will help boost their resumes and provide experience.

Rebeca Radoszkowicz, also a rising junior and musical theater major has been in more than 40 professional and non-professional theatrical productions, as well as commercials, TV, voice-overs, and movies. However, exemplifying Pace’s traditional commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, the experience has been exciting to her as her “first professional, paying, NYC job.”

A Celebration of the Broadway Musical will play July 16 -18 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and July 20-23 at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Visit http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SUM10 to purchase tickets ranging from $12 to $30.