Peter Cincotti, David Wong & High Strung, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD and More Set for TPAC's 2014-15 Season
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, presents Peter Cincotti, performing on Saturday, October 25 at 8PM, the first of four major concerts in the 2014-2015 Main Event Series, which also includes the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (November 21 at 8PM, $45 - $35) and The Hit Men (December 13 at 8PM, $45 - $35). Also featured are Alexis P. Suter (January 9 at 8PM, $45 - $35), and Ruthie Foster (May 8 at 8PM, $45 - $35), among others.
Other exciting Tribeca Spotlight and Special events will include the New York premiere of the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir (October 17), David Wong & High Strung (November 14), and comedian Calisa Hawkins (February 6).
We also continue to present a diverse slate of Family programming, free film retrospectives, and a variety of dance, comedy, and more! All 2014-2015 events are listed below with more information.
Tribeca Spotlight: Main Event Series
Peter Cincotti - Saturday, October 25 at 8PM; $45, $35
Peter Cincotti, singer-songwriter-pianist and native New Yorker, began playing piano at the age of three. By the age of 18 he was being called "one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation" by the New York Times. In 2003, Peter's debut album reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Hailed as "the rebirth of cool" by Elle Magazine, Peter explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues and jazz, infusing each new song he writes with originality and startling energy.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Friday, November 21 at 8PM; $45, $35
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band with four albums, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Live or recorded, it doesn't get any better. Thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists led by Oscar Hernández come together to create an unparalleled musical experience. Now in its fourteenth year, SHO, as they are known to fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio. Their music is characterized by the raw, organic and vintage sound defined by the genre. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, while creating a unique and fresh approach.
The Hit Men - Saturday, December 13 at 8PM; $45, $35
The Hit Men are hit makers of the 60's, 70's and 80's, performing and/or recording members of mega-star acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John, and more. When The Hit Men take the stage, it's easy to see why their music has transcended generations. The notes are sharp, the vocals spot-on, the energy is high, and these guys are having the time of their lives sharing their Musical Legacy with audiences across the country! With Lee Shapiro (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), Gerry Polci (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John), Larry Gates (Carole King) and Russ Velazquez (Sting, The Ramones).
Ruthie Foster - Friday, May 8 at 8PM; $45, $35
Ruthie Foster's combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel has earned her many achievements including three "Best Female Vocalist" awards from the Austin Music Awards, two Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album, a Living Blues Music Award Critic's Poll for "Female Blues Artist of the Year," to name a few. Ruthie's latest and Grammy-nominated CD, "Let It Burn," is a deeply intimate recording featuring a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers. Ruthie is supported along the way by some very special guests - gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Stax Records soul man William Bell.
Tribeca Spotlight: Next Voice You Hear
David Wong & High Strung - Friday, November 14 at 8PM; $15
David Wong has been called a "Rock Star" in the violin world. Using both electric and acoustic violins, and sometimes his voice, he arranges rock, pop, and other top 40 hits into improvisation filled orchestrations. He has appeared on "Good Morning America" and "America's Got Talent."
Alexis P. Suter - Friday, January 9 at 8PM; $15
Alexis P. Suter, along with her band, is a rising star on the roots, blues and soul scene. Her powerful bass/baritone voice, seasoned with raw emotion and a wide streak of attitude, has won the praise of greats from B.B. King to Levon Helm (The Band). "It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady," raves B.B. King. Alexis was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards and "All Over Again" from her release "Two Sides" was recently named NPR's "Song Of The Day". Featured in the Alexis P. Suter Band are drummer Ray Grappone, guitarist Jimmy Bennett, bassist Peter Bennett, and backing vocalist Vicki Bell.
Night of Standup Comedy featuring African American Comics - Friday, February 6 at 8PM; $15
Calise Hawkins is the headliner. Additional comics to be announced at a later date.
Calise Hawkins is one of the most memorable acts on the comedy circuit. She first gained exposure as a featured guest on Lewis Black's Root of All Evil on Comedy Central. Calise has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing series. Recently, Calise made her late-night television debut with a stand up spot on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir - Friday, October 17 at 8PM; $35, $25
New York City premiere! After being in existence for 40 years in their native Senegal and having become one of the most important cultural ensembles of the country, the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is coming to North America for the very first time in their history. The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is a company of 15 singers and four traditional Senegalese drummers, founded in 1950. The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is led by Music Director Ambroise N'Diong, and is composed of the Cathedral's chorale, that of St. Joseph's of Medina, who each Sunday, in the heart of Dakar's most working-class neighborhood, interprets Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African Songs, and the magnificent masses that Julien Jouga composed in his country's four languages. Mr. Jouga interpreted and combined both the Catholic liturgy and the indigenous Muslim songs of Senegal to create an extraordinary harmony between the two cultures that comprise the nation of Senegal.
Lost Jazz Shrines
Lost Jazz Shrines Celebrates the Royal Roost / Miles Davis - Friday, April 10 at 8:30PM Concert; $25
7PM TBD Panel Discussion; Free
The Royal Roost was a jazz club located at 1580 Broadway in New York City. Royal Roost was one of the key venues in the development of bebop and modern jazz. Musical Director Bob Belden (saxophonist) is a multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger, who has orchestrated jazz treatments of Puccini's opera Turandot as well as the music of The Beatles, Sting and Prince. He produced and arranged a pair of tributes to trumpeter Miles Davis-Miles from India and Miles Español: New Sketches From Spain.
Scenes Through the Cinema Lens - A free film retrospective curated by Krin Gabbard, Professor of Comparative Literature at SUNY Stony Brook
Alfred Hitchcock Looks at You - Tuesday, Oct 21 at 7:30PM; Free
Most people think of Alfred Hitchcock as the "Master of Suspense," but the director was concerned with much more than just keeping you on the edge of your seat. What do we make, for example, of all the films in which he made a personal appearance? Sometimes he even looks directly at the audience. Hitchcock had his own personal take on what it means to look, especially at something that we are not supposed to be looking at. We will watch crucial scenes from several films in which Hitchcock invites us to join him in his own special brand of voyeurism.
The Craft of the Choreographer - Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30PM; Free
As the Hollywood cinema came of age in the 1930s, choreographers became increasingly essential when the screen was filled with dancers. Most of the great choreographers worked behind the scenes and were seldom recognized. We will celebrate Busby Berkeley, Gene Kelly, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Agnes de Mille, all of whom deserve their celebrity. But we will also take a look at great dances staged by artists who are not as well known, including Hermes Pan, Michael Kidd, and Katherine Dunham. Featured films include Silk Stockings, Stormy Weather, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, All That Jazz, West Side Story, and Oklahoma.