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