Spring at the Schimmel

Pace Presents lessons in Italian art history, beautiful music, graceful dancers, thrilling performances, and more this spring at the Schimmel.

Back by popular demand, Distinguished Professor and art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns this month for her second series of lectures at the Schimmel Theater. Discover the beauty in art history as Benton discusses how Italy has exerted its influence on the art world and produced some of the world’s most stunning masterpieces. Each lecture in her series will focus on a separate era in Italian art with highlights in sculpting, painting, and more from Italy’s ancient history through the Middle Ages. The series starts February 27 and runs through March 20, with lectures in the morning and evening.

On Friday, March 8, the Knicks hit the Schimmel…well, okay, not those Knicks, but New York’s own Knickerbocker Orchestra. Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins them to perform Maurice Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G and the American premiere performance of Akira Nishimura’s A Shaman. Also on the program, music by Bela Bartok and the world premiere performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s Suite from Kurt Weill’s Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.

Fred Barton and his 12-piece orchestra return to the Schimmel on March 9. This time celebrating composer Jule Styne, the last word in Broadway and Hollywood tour-de-force songwriting. Join Fred, his orchestra, and stars of the Broadway stage as they bring you an evening of great music and performances.

On March 22-23, Belgium-based contemporary dance company Ultima Vez presents What the Body Does Not Remember—a thrilling revival of its 1987 piece under the choreography and direction of Wim Vandekeybus as part of their US tour. Starting in April, ABT Studio Company, the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, returns to the Schimmel stage with works from George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, and others, and a classic ensemble of 12 extraordinary dancers.

Finally, the Schimmel closes out its 2012-2013 Pace Presents season with Hugh Masekala, a pioneer in the world music and jazz scene and Grammy Award-winning living legend. See who Rolling Stone calls “one of the most thrilling live performers around…” on April 20.

Tickets for staff and faculty are $10 (Use code: PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted ticket.) 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.