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Shakespeare's Globe, American Showstoppers and More Set for Pace U's Pace Presents' 2012-13 Season

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Pace University has announced the 2012 / 2013 season of Pace Presents, hosted at The Michael Schimmel Center for The Arts located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan. Pace Presents is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on music superstars from around the globe, charismatic and crowd-pleasing dance performances, spectacular theatre and contemporary cabaret. The Pace Presents season begins on September 22 with Gypsy brass superstars Fanfare Ciocarlia and culminates on April 20 with Jazz's living treasure, Hugh Masekela.

Starting in 2009, Shakespeare Globe has called the Michael Schimmel Center its New York home. Dominic Dromgoole's Love's Labour's Lost was the inaugural attraction. A year later, the Globe's Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Christopher Luscombe, was heralded by the critics and became a sellout. Now Mr. Dromgoole (Globe Artistic Director) is bringing his spare production of Hamlet for a limited one week run.

Pace Presents is curated by Martin I. Kagan, Pace University's Executive Director of Cultural Affairs. Mr. Kagan's long career in the field of dance and performing arts, including stints at the executive director of The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Californina, Opera America, and LA's John Anson Ford Theatre, informs Pace Presents standard of excellence. "In a city renowned for artistry and diversity," says Kagan, "Pace Presents has quickly established itself as a key player in New York's performing arts landscape. We hope to continue to utilize The Schimmel Center as an accessible and vibrant platform for International Artists and ensembles of the highest quality to perform for downtown audiences at affordable prices." Isabel Soffer, formerly of World Music Institute and currently with Live Sounds and globalFEST, provides her expertise in assembling Pace Presents' World Music Series. Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, a lecturer for 30 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, returns for a second year with a new lecture series on the history of Italian art, tracing tradition from Antiquity to The Baroque.

Located adjacent to The World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, Pace Presents' 670-seat Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is readily and easily accessible by car, bus, subway and PATH train. The room offers ample space for groups but is small enough to provide flawless sightlines and truly intimate performances. Competitive ticket pricing is aimed at enticing New Yorkers of all types to visit and explore the best music, theatre and dance that the world has to offer. Guests are encouraged to come early and share a glass of wine prior to the performance at our lobby bar. Student tickets, available to enrollees at any University, High School or Junior High School in the New York area, are only $5 for any performance in the Pace Presents season with a valid student ID.

Complete show and venue information follows. Additional shows TBA.

Saturday, September 22
Pace Presents: FANFARE CIOCARLIA (from Romania)
Produced with The NY Gypsy Festival
Part of Pace Presents' World Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35

Fanfare Ciocarlia, the 12-piece brass orchestra from Zece Prajini in North-Eastern Romania that The Independent UK calls "a Gypsy music phenomenon" and that The Times of London defines as "a heavy, heavy monster sound," is one of the world's foremost Gypsy bands. After touring North America in 2001 and 2003 as part of the hugely successful Gypsy Caravan Tour, the ensemble finally returns to NYC. Fanfare's breakneck speed, technical chops, ripping rhythms and powerful horns put them in a class apart from all other brass bands. Their sound has been sampled and covered, championed and emulated by countless DJs, bands and Gypsy orchestras. Their radical reinterpretations of popular Western standards like the James Bond Theme and Duke Ellington's "Caravan" demonstrate how effectively and effortlessly this Romanian orchestra put a unique Gypsy spin on any music they get their horns on. This tour is made possible with the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Artist Website: http://www.myspace.com/fanfareciocarlia

Friday, September 28
Pace Presents: FATOUMATA DIAWARA (from Mali)
Part of Pace Presents' World Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35

The extraordinary story of Fatoumata Diawara's meteoric rise as one of the music world's most exciting artists begins with her joining a theatre company, performing the classical Greek role of Antigone, starring in a string of successful films, running away from her home in Mali to France and finally finding her calling as a musician. The woman Pitchfork calls "beguiling" has worked with some of Africa's most successful artists, including Oumou Sangaré, Cheikh Lô, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Flea and Bobby Womack. Diawara was raised on West African Wassoulou music; a style performed mostly by and about women and thought to be an ancestor of American Blues; she uses this style as the base for her own songs. 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. Her September 28th Pace Presents show features a full band, marks Diawara's NY debut as a soloist and will highlight music from her latest CD on the World Circuit label.

Artist Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatoumata-Diawara/151710422621

Tuesday October 2 through Sunday, October 7
Pace Presents: SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE HAMLET
Part of Pace Presents' Theatre Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Tuesday through Saturday Shows: Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Wednesday and Saturday Matinees: Doors / Lobby Bar at 1:00pm, Show at 2:00pm
Sunday Matinee: Doors / Lobby Bar at 2:00pm, Show at 3:00pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is delighted to host one of the world's most renowned Shakespeare companies back for the third time. This engaging and youthful production of the world's most famed play has political conspiracy, obsession, violence, depth, humor and tragedy. The Independent calls Shakepeare's Globe's Hamlet "a thrilling performance of Dominic Dromgoole's wonderfully engrossing touring production…The whole production has a disarming honesty."

Artist Website: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre

Saturday, October 13
Pace Presents: ZAKIR HUSSAIN and RAKESH CHAURASIA (from India)
Part of Pace Presents' World Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Center Orchestra: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

Tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, India's most celebrated living artist and an extraordinary percussionist of international renown will be joined for this evening of Indian classical music by bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia, a nephew of maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. The New York Times calls Hussain "(a) fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, so devoted to exuberant play that he rarely seems overbearing, even when the blur of his fingers rivals the beat of a hummingbird's wings". Widely regarded as one of the world's greatest percussionists, Zakir is known equally for his mastery of the classical Hindustani repertoire of ragas and his historic collaborations with Shakti (with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar), Planet Drum (with the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart) and performances with George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Tabla Beat Science, Mark Morris and many others.

Artist Website: http://www.zakirhussain.com/

Friday, October 19
Pace Presents: American Showstoppers: The Music of Harold Arlen
Featuring THE Fred Barton ORCHESTRA with stars from the Broadway stage
Part of the Pace Presents' Cabaret Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

Noted arranger and producer, Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country, is bringing the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel stage. The legendary Harold Arlen won the world over for his score to The Wizard of Oz, and was the composer of countless Broadway and Hollywood songs that will be brought to life backed by a full 12-piece orchestra and stars of the Broadway stage.

Saturday, October 20
Pace Presents: RAMSEY LEWIS and His Electric Band
Part of Pace Presents' Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. After having played mostly in an acoustic trio for the last fifteen years, Lewis' latest endeavor has him returning to his electric roots. Tonight's Pace Presents performance offers jazz aficionados a live rarity: Lewis with full electric backing. This three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, is recognized internationally as an American treasure.

Artist Website: http://www.ramseylewis.com/

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
Pace Presents: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - In The Spirit of Woody Guthrie
featuring special guests JOE PUG and John McCauley of DEER TICK on October 26
featuring special guests JOE PUG and THE LOW ANTHEM on October 27
Part of Pace Presents' Music Series
at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $50 / Orchestra: $35 / Balcony Center: $35 / Balcony: $25

Join Pace Presents for two very special evenings with exceptional singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle as he performs his original songs in the context of the continuing legacy of Woody Guthrie on the occasion of Guthrie's centennial celebration year. Justin Townes Earle, son of the great American troubadour Steve Earle, won the coveted "Song of the Year" award at the Americana Music Awards in 2011. Earle's latest album, "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now," has garnered significant critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone noting "(t)hat Earle breathes life into those well-worn ideas [love, legacy, life as a road] is a tribute to the rough-hewn elegance of his writing and his voice."

Artist Website: http://www.justintownesearle.com/
Artist Website: http://www.joepugmusic.com/
Artist Website: http://www.lowanthem.com/
Artist Website: http://www.deertickmusic.com/

Sunday, October 28
Pace Presents: The 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK featuring Tony Trischka,
BILL KEITH, RICHIE STEARNS, Eric Weissberg, PETER WERNICK and MAC BENFORD
Part of Pace Presents' Music Series
at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

Perhaps the world's best known banjo player, Bela Fleck, unites many of the world's most influential bluegrass banjo players – all with ties to New York State – at the Schimmel Center to perform in a concert that will find the banjo being performed in both conventional and unexpected ways. In performances ranging from solos and duets to full-tilt banjo blowouts with all The Players and an acoustic band, the concert stage will range from the traditional backdrop of bluegrass and old-time country music to more unconventional banjo genres including jazz, classical and rock music.

Artist Website: http://www.belafleck.com/
Artist Website: http://www.tonytrischka.com/
Artist Website: http://www.beaconbanjo.com/story.cfm
Artist Website: http://www.richiestearns.com/
Artist Website: http://www.ericweissberg.com/
Artist Website: http://www.drbanjo.com/
Artist Website: http://macbenford.com/

Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4
Pace Presents: CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY
Part of Pace Presents' Dance Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Saturday Show: Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm
Sunday Matinee: Doors / Lobby Bar at 2:00pm, Show at 3:00pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $40 / Orchestra: $35 / Balcony Center: $35 / Balcony: $25

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico's diverse cultural history, interpreted through its charismatic and unique artistic vision. This show is the World Premiere of Calpulli's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), evoking the unending relationship between the living and the departed with music and dance as the language that transcends. Meticulous costuming, passionate live music and larger than life surprises are in store throughout this tribute to the heart and soul of Mexico here in New York City. Under the Artistic Direction of Noemy Hernandez and Musical Direction of George Saenz, the Calpulli Company of 16 dancers and core of musicians will make their Pace stage debut. For nearly a decade, Calpulli has recreated folk dances celebrating Mexican traditions and also created new works which employ non-traditional dance forms.

Artist Website: http://www.calpullidance.org/

Saturday, December 8
Pace Presents: Debbie Gravitte'S All Star Holiday Show
Part of Pace Presents' Cabaret Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Orchestra Center: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30

Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and her special guests celebrate the winter holidays, Broadway style. Join Debbie, Russ Kassoff's 18-piece orchestra and her special guests and sing along with the orchestra, watch the dancers shimmy and shake to a Christmas Carol and maybe get the chance to be a part of the show! Past guests at Debbie's All-Star extravaganza include Harvey Fierstein; Oscar and Tony Award Winning composer Alan Menken; Stephen Schwartz; Broadway favorite Rebecca Luker and many others. Tonight's special guests TBA.

Artist Website: http://www.debbiegravitte.com/


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