Fall 2015 at the Schimmel
Here's what you need to know about fall performances at the Schimmel Center, featuring dance, silent films, singing, art history, and so much more!
New York Theatre Ballet | Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) brings fresh insight into classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up-and-coming choreographers. Featured choreographers are London’s Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, Nicolo Fonte, Antony Tudor, and Pam Tanowitz. Sponsored by the SHS Foundation.
New York Theatre Ballet presents Cinderella | Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m.
A perennial favorite of New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) audiences across America, Cinderella comes to Schimmel Center this fall. A dancing clock, two wacky stepsisters, and everyone’s favorite rags to riches princess are all part of this enchanting story with choreography by Donald Mahler; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Taalson Nolan.
Gaspard and Dancers | Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Haitian-born Gaspard Louis rose to prominence as a dancer and choreographer with the internationally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre. His work has been praised for breathtaking combinations of Pilobolean shape building and fluid lyricism that resonate in the emotional core of human nature. In five seasons with Durham-based Gaspard & Dancers, Louis has built a distinct and deeply moving body of work. The Trilogy—“L’Esprit,” “Souke,” and “Annatations”—is his response to the devastating 2010 earthquake and its aftermath. Sponsored by the SHS Foundation and by the Haiti Cultural Exchange.
NY Brass Showdown and Dance Party | Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Expect four wildly diverse brass bands to blow as hard, fast and original as they can as part of the 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival. Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring Eleanor Reissa; Hungry March Band; Slavic Soul Party and Underground Horns, will go head to head and give it their all to claim a spot as best brass band. Plus guest dancers.
American Showstoppers: An Evening with Johnny Mercer | Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
This evening will pay tribute to the celebrated lyricist, Johnny Mercer whose lyrics provided commentary on American life through much of the 20th century. His songbook includes such indelible standards as “Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” and the Oscar award winning best song, “Moon River.” His scores for the Broadway stage include Li’l Abner, St. Louis Woman, Top Banana, and the MGM musical picture Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Silent Films: The Freshman | Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Harold Lloyd in The Freshman (1925) with Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict and James Anderson; directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor; released September 1925 by Pathé Exchange. Courtesy of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. Harold Lloyd plays a college-bound small-town young man who's caught up in the all the fads and trends of campus life he's seen in movies. Duped into thinking he is the new college hero and star player on the football team, reality sinks in on the eve of the championship game. The love of his college sweetheart and pure determination leads to one of the funniest football games ever filmed. One of Lloyd's own personal favorites! Live accompaniment by Ben Model.
The Sons of Serendip | Sunday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Finalists from America's Got Talent, the Sons of Serendip (SOS) is a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. They have each been playing their instruments since childhood, but recently, they came together to begin what they hope will be a long beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts. They hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and that, in some way, it will make their lives a little better—even if just for a moment.
Art History Alive with Janetta Rebold Benton: Winslow Homer | Wednesday, October 21 at 12:15 p.m.
Life in America is visually documented by Winslow Homer in paintings of boating scenes and the Civil War. The United States has produced some of the world’s most creative, innovative painters, decorators, sculptors, and architects. In these richly-illustrated lectures, Professor Benton takes an in-depth look at the life and work of six Great American Masters who display widely varying aesthetic styles and artistic philosophies. The Conversation Continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon hosted by Benton. Please call the box office in advance to purchase tickets, (212) 346-1715.
Art History Alive with Janetta Rebold Benton: Mary Cassatt | Wednesday, October 28 at 12:15 p.m.
Determined to be an artist, feisty Mary Cassatt moved to Paris, befriended the French Impressionists, and focused on portraits of women and children. The United States has produced some of the world’s most creative, innovative painters, decorators, sculptors, and architects. In these richly-illustrated lectures, Professor Benton takes an in-depth look at the life and work of six Great American Masters who display widely varying aesthetic styles and artistic philosophies. The Conversation Continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon hosted by Benton. Please call the box office in advance to purchase tickets, (212)346-1715.
Theorem with Greg Kennedy | Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m.—Family fun performance, Halloween costumes encouraged!
After touring worldwide with Cirque du Soleil for five years, Greg Kennedy is getting rave reviews for his newest production, Theorem. The two-time international juggling champion and his cast of circus artists perform a show that playfully explores the process of invention through modern manipulation. Theorem is filled with striking, powerful images, and features live music, five-person choreography, aerial acrobatics, and Greg’s largest dynamic structures.
Silent Films: Wings | Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Wings (1927) starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, and Jobyna Ralston; directed by William Wellman; released August 1927 by Paramount Pictures. Live accompaniment by Ben Model. The winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings brilliantly blends the personal stories of two young couples against the milieu of the basic training, battles and aftermath of The Great War. Director William Wellman drew on his own background as a WWI combat pilot in creating the film's feel and its breathtaking aerial dogfight sequences. This film was recently restored and it is this edition that will be screened.
Stay tuned for more info about performances in Spring 2016!
Tickets for staff and faculty are $20 and 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. Don't forget to bring your Pace ID. For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit http://schimmelcenter.org.
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