Flushing Town Hall Continues 40th Anniversary Season Celebrations With A Spectacular Selection Of Jazz And More

Flushing Town Hall Continues 40th Anniversary Season Celebrations With A Spectacular Selection Of Jazz And More

In 2019, Flushing Town Hall offers a breadth of outstanding global music, family programs, exhibitions, jazz and workshops. From January through June, Flushing Town Hall will present 72 programs, including 18 world music shows, 10 jazz performances, eight family programs, seven classical music concerts, three exhibitions, and more. The spring season is a continuation of 40th anniversary celebrations of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA), the steward of Flushing Town Hall.

"We are thrilled by the lineup of performers who will be joining us at Flushing Town Hall in 2019," says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. "The spring season is truly global, with performers coming from far and wide to share their talents with our Queens audiences. We look forward to welcoming the world for a wide range of free and affordable jazz, global music, exhibitions, family shows, and more at Flushing Town Hall!"

March is truly a month of "March Madness" at Flushing Town Hall, with 17 shows on offer. "We know there is something for everyone this season, especially during 'March Madness,'" says Ellen Kodadek. "It will be a month of fantastic energy and talent from around the world, and also marks the beginning of our Global Mashups series this season."

"Flushing Town Hall is a Queens landmark and a premier destination for some of our city's very best global arts programming. I am proud to support the work of this cultural institution and excited to see all of the diverse talent it will bring to Queens for its Winter-Spring 2019 season," said Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs Jimmy Van Bramer.

Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall's spring highlights include Red Envelope Show (Jan 5), Talavya (Jan 25), La Cumbiamba eNeYé: Season Opening Party (Jan 26), Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks: Swing Dance Party (Feb 1), Sleeping Beauty by David Gonzalez (Feb 16), Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar (Feb 17), Noreum Machi (Mar 1), Mwenso & the Shakes (Mar 2), Unforgettable: The Magic of Nat King Cole (Mar 15), tutti frutti & York Theatre Royal's production of Underneath a Magical Moon: A Reimagining of Peter Pan (Mar 24), Flor De Toloache (Apr 5), Koh "Mr. Saxman" & John di Martino Trio (Apr 13), Renee Rosnes Quartet (Apr 26), Beauty and the Beast (May 11), Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Changes - the Energy of Music & Dance (May 18), Country Blues & Dance (May 31), Kaia Kater (Jun 7), Kabir Cafe (Jun 14), and Queens Jazz Orchestra: It Ain't Over Yet (Jun 21). Monthly Jazz Jams (Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5) and the popular Global Mashups series (Mar 9, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4) will also return this season.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot - located a short distance from the 7 train - at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers - for free. Under the "Teen Access Program," all 13- to 19-year-old teens (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love for arts and culture.

-January-

Red Envelope Show

SAT, JAN 5, 5 PM

Opening Reception: SAT, JAN 5, 5-7 PM

Closing Party: SUN, JAN 27, 3-5 PM

Gallery Dates: SAT, JAN 5 - SUN, JAN 27

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens

In honor of the Year of the Pig and Flushing Town Hall's 40th anniversary, a very special Red Envelope Show featuring artwork by professional visual artists, curated by Bert Chau of Grumpy Bert, and community members (that means YOU!) This exhibition is an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during the Lunar New Year. All visual artists artwork for sale. Many envelopes will include a special gift for only the buyers to see. Artists, schools, and community groups, visit www.flushingtownhall.org to learn how to participate and get your red envelopes.

4th Annual NYC Shadow Puppet Slam

SAT, JAN 5, 7:30 PM

$14/$10 Members & Students

The NYC Shadow Slam returns with another brilliant selection of shadow performances by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theater Works' Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin will once more curate an evening of short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video and film.

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, JAN 9, 7 PM

$10/FREE for Members, Students, Teens & Jamming Musicians

Open to Jazz students, musicians, and music educators, Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don't play? Come listen!

Four Seasons

SAT, JAN 12, 2 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children/FREE for Teens

"Four Seasons" is a fusion of classical and traditional Chinese aesthetic genres (poetry, music, dance, opera and puppetry) with contemporary shadow theater technique. Conceived and created by the award-winning ensemble, Chinese Theatre Works, it is a vivid, living animation that transcends language and cultural barriers and celebrates the universal cycles of seasons and life passages.

Red Envelope Show Drop-in Workshop

SUN, JAN 13, 1-3 PM

FREE (No RSVP required)

FTH Teaching/Visual Artist Tina Seligman will lead a drop-in Red Envelope Show workshop. Create your original artwork on a red envelope and hang it on our celebration clotheslines. Materials and red envelopes provided. Maximum 2 per participant.

Live Drawing with Models

MON, JAN 14, 6 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

Draw from a live nude model. Bring your sketch pad with your favorite drawing medium. Each artist will have the opportunity to hone their skills with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing non-judgmental environment. Refreshments and snacks are available to get your creative juices flowing.

Talavya

FRI, JAN 25, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Global ambassadors for Indian percussion, contemporary classical tabla ensemble Talavya is a leading example of tradition and modernity coming together seamlessly. Created by Indian rhythm maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, the Indian tabla comes to the center stage. The ensemble revels in the tablas' hidden potency as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing just about anything.

La Cumbiamba eNeYé: Season Opening Party

SAT, JAN 26, 3 PM (WORKSHOP), 4 PM (FAMILY CONCERT), 5:30 PM (JAM & PARTY)

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children/FREE for Teens

INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 3 PM

Dance and sing along with La Cumbiamba eNeYé! Participants will be exposed to their unique instruments and techniques, dance moves and steps found in various Colombian music genres. FREE in honor of FTH's 40th anniversary. No RSVP required. Come early to score a free percussion instrument! (First come, first served.)

FAMILY CONCERT AT 4 PM

Featuring an eclectic and explosive sound influenced by various Colombian musical traditions, La Cumbiamba eNeYé will perform music from Colombia's coast with its full 10-piece orchestra. Led by composer/arranger and percussionist Martin Vejarano, this performance will introduce audiences to a fresh take on Colombian music and a festive, elaborate repertoire that will inspire everyone to move, sing and celebrate. Bring your instruments for a post-show jam session with the band. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details

-February-

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks: Swing Dance Party

FRI, FEB 1, 8 PM

$25/$20 Members and Students/FREE for Teens

For over 40 years, Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and '30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. Enjoy the house band of the Grammy Award-winning "Boardwalk Empire" as they present an evening of hot jazz and dance music, while dancers swing and sway on our global dance floor.

Tradition Meets Modern Beauty: Wonju Seo's Contemporary Interpretation of Korean Pojagi

FRI | FEB 1 | 5:30 PM | EXHIBITION

Opening Reception: FRI, FEB 1, 5:30-7:30 PM

Gallery Dates: SAT, FEB 2 - SUN, MAR 3

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens

In celebration of the 2019 Lunar New Year, this exhibition features dynamic geometric abstract textile art, which expresses the artist's contemporary concerns and inspiration from the ancient art of Pojagi, traditional Korean patchwork wrapping cloths. Wonju Seo visualizes the process of redefining her personal and cultural identities through her artwork.

Flour Dough Sculpture Making

SUN, FEB 3, 1 PM & 3 PM

$10/$5 Members & Children (per workshop; all materials included; for ages 7 & up)

Join Master flour dough artist, Xun Ye, for this unique workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Participants will learn basic dough art techniques to create their own animal or flower sculptures. Ye will also share a brief history of this art form and will demonstrate the sculpting of a child's face.

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, FEB 6, 7 PM

See January 9th for details.

Rumination & Hope, In & Out of Time

FRI, FEB 8, 8 PM

$5/FREE for Members, Students & Teens

Saxophonist/composer/producer Tyrone Birkett presents a series of autobiographical accounts by offering an unheard perspective of how a Black man of a certain age bridges the struggles between relevance and retirement, memory and regret, promise and revival. His use of saxophone with effects, drums, voice and dance juxtaposes 70s soul era themes with postmodern sonic textures.

Make Korean Paper Pojagi

SAT, FEB 9, 2 PM

$10/$5 Members & Children (all materials included; for ages 5 & up)

Taught by contemporary Pojagi artist Wonju Seo, participants will learn how to make a single layer paper Pojagi using 5 colors (Red, Blue, Yellow, White and Black) of Asian rice paper and glue. This paper Pojagi can either be displayed as art or used as a decorative window screen.

Native American Arts Social

SUN, FEB 10, 12-5 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Join us for an afternoon of artwork, drumming & singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversations, sharing of stories, social dances, and community building over refreshments. Native artists will also be sharing and selling their artwork. Hosted by American Indian Community House in collaboration with NativeTec, Shinnecock Foundation of the Arts, and The First Nations Theater Guild.

Live Drawing with Models

MON, FEB 11, 6 PM

See January 14th for details.

New York Classical Players: Paik & Beethoven

FRI, FEB 15, 8 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Acclaimed pianist HaeSun Paik and New York Classical Players return to FTH for a Beethoven double feature. Ms. Paik continues NYCP's Beethoven Project - a three-year adventurous commitment to perform all five Beethoven piano concertos - with stirring First and dazzlingly powerful Third Piano Concertos. Samuel Adler's Concertino offers a contemporary perspective on the concerto form with lively dance movements and energetic themes.

Sleeping Beauty by David Gonzalez

SAT, FEB 16, 1 PM (WORKSHOP), 2:15 PM (FAMILY PERFORMANCE)

INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM

$8/$5 Children/FREE for Members & Teens with Tickets to 2:15pm Show (RSVP required)

David Gonzalez presents an interactive storytelling workshop featuring four distinct elements of communication: language, voice, gesture, and imagination. Physical and vocal warm-ups and a fun array of theater games. Lots of fun, lots of learning!

FAMILY PERFORMANCE AT 2:15 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children/FREE for Teens

Multimedia storytelling with Chinese subtitles. This family performance by master storyteller-performer David Gonzalez is a rhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love's kiss... or not. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details.

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

SUN, FEB 17, 11 AM & 2 PM

$5/$3 Members

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy performances, art making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig! Add to our community Red Envelope Show. The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice. Get your tickets before it's too late! Join the dragon parade at Flushing Library at 9:30 am.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings

FRI, FEB 22, 8 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Mardi Gras celebration! Alphonso Horne honors the legacy and continues the rich traditions of such iconic trumpet masters as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Horne and the band have the sizzling chops to capture the classic sound of New Orleans jazz and the innovative vision to put their own contemporary stamp on the music.

Songs Without Words: Les Délices

SUN, FEB 24, 3 PM

$25/$15 Members/$10 Seniors & Students/FREE for Teens

Songs Without Words is an innovative and daring program that takes the adaptation of 17th Century songs for instruments as its point of departure and brings the concept into the 20th Century. Presented by Five Boroughs Music Festival, with Les Délices performing a range of torch songs, jazz standards, and improvisation.

-March-
MARCH MADNESS!

Noreum Machi

FRI, MAR 1, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Noreum Machi, referring to a performer who is so skilled that no one would dare to follow on stage, specializes in the virtuosic Korean percussion music known as Samul-nori. Coming from Korea, Noreum Machi's colorful program includes spectacular percussion dialogues, haunting shamanic chants, and entrancing acrobatic dances. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details.

Mwenso & The Shakes

SAT, MAR 2, 7 PM (DANCE & GROOVE WORKSHOP), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Mwenso & the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro-American music. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends, Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls, "intense, prowling, and ebullient."

Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe

SUN, MAR 3, 2 PM

$10/$5 for Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Join distinguished composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe for an exploration into Borodin's Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings. Inside Chamber Music lectures are beloved by regulars and a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance. Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this lecture is supported by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by the award-winning Calidore String Quartet.

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, MAR 6, 7 PM

See January 9th for details.

Global Mashup 1: Bollywood Meets Global Roots Blues

SAT, MAR 9, 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

We're mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, then each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. The series opens with the return of 2 powerhouse bands, Falu, internationally recognized Indian vocalist, whose quartet combines traditional roots with inventive rock, mashing with Hazmat Modine, distillers of multi-American-genres, melded with African, Central Asian, Caribbean and Eastern European influences. Bring your dancing shoes!

Live Drawing with Models

MON, MAR 11, 6 PM

See January 14th for details


Pop-Up Memory Book: Art Making Workshop for Seniors

WED, MAR 13, 11 AM

Workshop Dates: MAR 13, MAR 20, MAR 27, APR 3, APR 10, APR 17

$10/$7 Members (per workshop)

This workshop series for senior citizens helps find creative ways to tell stories through art. Design and make a pop-up book, inspired by your life events! Each week, seniors will learn new skills, book making, puppetry manipulation, and warm-up theater games. At the end of the 6 sessions, each participant will have their own memory book as a tangible keepsake, a remembrance and a motivator for them to continue telling their stories.

Unforgettable: The Magic of Nat King Cole

FRI, MAR 15, 8 PM

$25/$20 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

A modern centennial celebration of the power and genius of Nat King Cole, brought to life by singer and composer Sachal Vasandani and an exciting group of New York's top musicians. Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and his "beautiful, velvety voice" and "remarkable stage presence" (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat King Cole himself.

The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble: Taguiera (Homeland)

SAT, MAR 16, 7 PM (DANCE LESSON), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble brings awareness of the endangered language of the Garifuna people that was proclaimed a "Masterpiece and Oral Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. The Garinagu (plural) are a mixed culture of West Africans that intermarried with The Carib-Arawak Indians on the island of St. Vincent & The Grenadines. The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble presents this rich culture by fusing language, indigenous rhythms and traditional songs with elements and traditions of jazz.

Huang Tiange Solo Piano

SUN, MAR 17, 2 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Solo recital by 14-year old piano prodigy Huang Tiange. Tiange will present powerful music including masterpieces of Scarlatti, Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev and two premieres of Tiange's own sonata and Wang Hua's Suite Ba Shan Yu Shui.


LADY GOT CHOPS: Women's History Month Festival
THU, MAR 21, 7:30 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens
Artist and producer Kim Clarke is the founder of LADY GOT CHOPS, a women's history month music and arts Festival. She has organized concerts, advertised for fellow musicians, and enhanced careers of women in jazz and music for 17 years. This concert will be a culmination of a long dream to present a Global healing through multi-cutural cooperation and artistic sharing.

Music In Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

SAT, MAR 23, 2 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Presented in partnership with Orchestra of St. Luke's, Music in Color turns its focus to the music and life of Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer of Peruvian, Chinese, and Lithuanian Jewish descent. Frank is featured with a narration written and performed by Kirya Traber. The program includes selections from Frank's own string quartets, as well as a piece by one of her inspirations, Chou Wen-chung, and five new works.


Global Mashup 2: Western Swing Meets Balkan Brass

SAT, MAR 23, 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

We're mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, then each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. The Brain Cloud, whose sextet brings Western swing's ragtime, bluegrass, Delta blues and cowboy ditties, mashing with Romashka's Russian, Balkan, Romanian, and "Gypsy" vibes. You'll be dancing all night!

tutti frutti & York Theatre Royal's production of Underneath a Magical Moon: A Reimagining of Peter Pan

SUN, MAR 24, 1 PM (WORKSHOP), 2:15 PM (FAMILY PERFORMANCE)

INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM

$8/$5 Children/FREE for Members & Teens with Tickets to 2:15pm Show (RSVP required)

Join the director and the actors for an interactive workshop that explores some of the ideas in the production. A playful, fun introduction and a chance to be, and meet, some of characters!

FAMILY PERFORMANCE AT 2:15 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children/FREE for Teens

tutti frutti & York Theatre Royal re-imagine the enchanting story of Peter Pan as told by Wendy, with a little bit of help from leading British playwright Mike Kenny. A sparkling new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic for children and their families to enjoy. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details.

Joe Kye: Migrants

FRI, MAR 29, 7 PM (WORKSHOP), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Award-winning musician Joe Kye brings his unique blend of violin looping, electronics, singing, and storytelling, with special guest, Chinese-American hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Migrants tells the story of Joe's life as an immigrant Asian-American, weaving together original music, humorous stories, and cutting-edge technology. Pre-show workshop on expressing cultural identity through sound will have participants question: What does it mean to be Asian-American? How can creativity give people the tools to build their identity?

Queens Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert Series: The Romantic Heart

SAT, MAR 30, 7:30 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents the first concert in its Masterworks Concert Series entitled "The Romantic Heart." Repertoire includes Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4.

Queens Jazz OverGround 2019 Spring Jazz Fest

SUN, MAR 31, 12-10 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

A free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances. This annual event highlights many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in Queens. The day will include performances by student jazz combos, jazz master classes, and middle school and high school bands. The evening will feature an exciting lineup of 6 professional Queens-based jazz ensembles.

-April-

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, APR 3, 7 PM

See January 9th for details.

Skip LaPlante's Windchimes

FRI, APR 5, 5 PM

Opening Reception: FRI, APR 5, 5-7 PM

Gallery Dates: SAT, APR 6 - SUN, APR 14

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens

Composer, instrument-builder extraordinaire Skip LaPlante exhibits his one-of-a kind collection of hand-built windchimes, built from "stuff nobody else wanted". Many were created at Flushing Town Hall during his EtM/Con Edison Composer-in-Residence project. Most chimes are available for sale - see April 14th for details.

Flor De Toloache

FRI, APR 5, 7 PM (DANCE LESSON), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Latin Grammy Award-winning all-female mariachi group Flor de Toloache is pushing genre boundaries with their fresh, versatile take on traditional Mexican music with explosive vocal harmonies and searing solos rounded out by soaring violin, nimble vihuela, bright trumpets and propulsive guitarron. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details.

Global Mashup 3: Latin Boogaloo Meets Klezmer

SAT, APR 6, 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

We're mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Spanglish Fly returns with that Latin Boogaloo, soul and R&B mix you can only find in NYC, mashed with ecstatic Eastern European Jewish melodies and rhythms by the Mini-Klezmer AllStars, led by The Klezmatics' Frank London. Come ready to dance!

Nai Ni Chen Dance Company: CrossCurrent VI

SUN, APR 7, 2 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

CrossCurrent VI is a contemporary collaborative dance project presented annually to showcase dance works being developed by New York City based Asian-American artists curated by Nai-Ni Chen. In the 2019 season, Nai-Ni Chen will bring her new work-in-progress works "Path to the Light" and "Bamboo Rap" to the Flushing Town Hall stage.

Live Drawing with Models

MON, APR 8, 6 PM

See January 14th for details.

Koh "Mr. Saxman" & John di Martino Trio

SAT, APR 13, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

In celebration of the Thai New Year: Songkran, multi-award winning Thai saxophone legend Koh "Mr. Saxman" (coming all the way from Thailand!) and "shape-shifter" pianist John di Martino Trio will perform an evening of the music of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama 9 of Thailand.

Skip LaPlante: Windchimes for Sale

SUN, APR 14, 5 PM

FREE (No RSVP required)

Meet composer Skip LaPlante in the final day of his exhibition of hand-crafted windchimes. Skip will perform an excerpt of his music composed for a windchimes orchestra. Most chimes are available for sale at today's auction; your last chance to purchase one (or more!) of these incredible chimes - proceeds to benefit Flushing Town Hall, Exploring the Metropolis, Outpost Artist Resources, and Materials for the Arts - all non-profit arts organizations who have supported Skip's windchimes' compositions.

Global Mashup 4: Bluegrass Meets Cuba

SAT, APR 20, 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

We're mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Get ready to square dance with mandolin, bluegrass master Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, mashing up the night with the hip-swiveling, Afro-Cuban rhythms of Conjunto Guantánamo. The dance floor will sizzle!

Renee Rosnes Quartet

SUN, APR 26, 8 PM

$25/$20 Members and Students/FREE for Teens

One of the premiere pianists and composers of her generation, Renee Rosnes has toured and recorded with legendary musicians James Moody, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, the SFJAZZ Collective, and her husband, the pianist Bill Charlap. A New York City staple for years, every member of Rosnes' all-star quartet has an equally impressive résumé and brings their absolute best to this group.

-May-

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, MAY 1, 7 PM

See January 9th for details.

Global Mashup 5: Balkan Punk Meets West Africa

SAT, MAY 4, 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

We're mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's multiaward winning, world-touring, groundbreaking guerrilla-folk party-punk Balkan-brass band, meets NYC's Kakande, with lush vocals, sinewy koras, flutes, cellos and the balafon (xylophone) of a master griot from Guinea. Come ready to dance!

Beauty and the Beast

SAT, MAY 11, 1 PM (WORKSHOP), 2:15 PM (FAMILY PERFORMANCE)

PUPPETRY WORKSHOP AT 1 PM

$8/$5 Children/FREE for Members & Teens with Tickets to 2:15pm Show (RSVP Required)

Join members of the National Marionette Theatre, one of the oldest continually running touring marionette theaters in the U.S., in a puppet making workshop. Participants will get an up close look at their exquisitely crafted marionettes, learn about puppet manipulation, and make a simple hand-puppet.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE AT 2:15 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children/FREE for Teens

With meticulously crafted marionettes and beautifully painted scenery, National Marionette Theatre's retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast is classical marionette theater at its finest! There will be an in-depth lecture and demonstration on marionette stringing and manipulation by managing director David Syrotiak after the show. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details.

Daniel Fishkin: Part I

SAT, MAY 11, 8 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

EtM Con Edison's 18-19 composer-in-residence, composer, sound artist, and instrument builder, Daniel Fishkin presents a concert of music developed during his residency at Flushing Town Hall. The concert may or may not include: solar sound, pre-synthesizer electronic music, craft in America, radical lutherie and wood that is attached or unattached to the ground. Post-concert reception.

Live Drawing with Models

MON, MAY 13, 6 PM

See January 14th for details.

LGBTQ Voices at Queens Center Mall

MON, MAY 13, 5:30 PM

FREE (No RSVP Required)

An annual event in collaboration with Queens Council Member Daniel Dromm, LGBTQ Voices features performing arts from LGBTQ-identified and LGBTQ-allied artists, and honors community leaders who have helped advance the cause of equality and justice. Artists will be selected via an open call and will be announced in Spring 2019. Check our website for details.

Chamber Music America Celebrates National Chamber Music Month

FRI, MAY 17, 8 PM

$12/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Join Chamber Music America (CMA) in concert for the 7th Annual National Chamber Music Month, celebrating the many styles of small ensemble music performed today. Highly acclaimed and distinctive ensembles Chano Dominguez and the Beijing Guitar Duo present a program that includes new works funded through CMA's commissioning programs.

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Changes - the Energy of Music & Dance

SAT, MAY 18, 7:30 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom residing in the Book of Change (I-Ching), which explores the concept of Bagua (eight trigrams) and Yin-Yang, this music and dance work "Changes" demonstrates the Eastern thought of the power of changes, the relationship between changeable small units, and the big universal energy, that emanates from humans and nature. Performed by Zhou Yi and Ban Ban Chinese Music Society of New York.

From Ruin to Rebirth: The Death & Life of Flushing & Flushing Town Hall from the 1970s to the Present

SUN, MAY 19, 2 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Historian Dr. R Scott Handson will focus on the remarkable transformation of Flushing and Flushing Town Hall between 1979 when Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts was founded during a period of urban decline, and the 1990s when Flushing had become one of the most diverse places on the planet with a thriving downtown by the 2000s. The lecture will be followed by a walking tour of Flushing with Dr. Hanson and Queens Borough Historian Dr. Jack Eichenbaum.

Country Blues & Dance

FRI, MAY 31, 7 PM (DANCE DEMO), 8 PM (CONCERT)

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Celebrate the shared music and dance traditions of the Piedmont, the hilly region stretching from Georgia to the Chesapeake, and the Appalachians, which for centuries were equally popular among rural blacks and whites. Blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins is joined by guitarist Rick Franklin and fiddler Marcus Moore, and the incomparable dance artistry of Junious Brickhouse. The Harris Brothers, Appalachian blues songsters, round out the program with Reggie on guitar, Ryan on bass, and a kick drum fashioned from a beaten-up suitcase!

-June-

Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

WED, JUN 5, 7 PM

See January 9th for details.

40th Annual Flushing Town Hall Gala

THU, JUN 6, 6 PM

Join us and celebrate 40 years! Flushing Town Hall invites you to honor important members of our community, with thanks for helping us to grow in the pursuit of our mission: Global Arts for a Global Community! Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/gala for more information.

Kaia Kater

FRI, JUN 7, 7 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

Kaia Kater was born of African-Caribbean descent in Quebec, and her original music is influenced by the Canadian folk music of her parents and the years she studied and performed Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo that have landed her in the spotlight around the world, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, and Rolling Stone.

Live Drawing with Models

MON, JUN 10, 6 PM

See January 14th for details.

Kabir Cafe

FRI, JUN 14, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

As the pioneers of Kabir Rock, Kabir Cafe is on a quest to ensure the verses of 15th century mystic poet-saint Kabir are accessible through contemporary music to the rest of the world. Kabir Cafe's music reflects the universality of their namesake by integrating his timeless words with the vibrancy of folk music from Malawi and the discipline of Carnatic music with the gritty energy of rock.


Queens Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert Series: The Sun Takes Reign

SAT, JUN 15, 7:30 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents the final concert of its Masterworks Series entitled "The Sun Takes Reign." Repertoire includes Honegger's "Pastorale d'été," Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks Concerto," Vivaldi's Oboe Concerto in C Major, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41 "The Jupiter."

Daniel Fishkin: Part II

THUR, JUN 20, 8 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

EtM Con Edison's 18-19 composer-in-residence, composer, sound artist, and instrument builder, Daniel Fishkin presents a concert of music developed during his residency at FTH. The concert may or may not include: solar sound, pre-synthesizer electronic music, craft in America, radical lutherie and wood that is attached or unattached to the ground. Post-concert reception.

Queens Jazz Orchestra: It Ain't Over Yet

FRI, JUN 21, 8 PM

$42/$32 Members/$20 Students/FREE for Teens; Table Package: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine & Snacks)

This concert is the title of QJO's Music Director Jimmy Heath's latest big band album "It Aint Over Yet", a testimony to his life and long legacy of great music. The compositions are all arranged by Jimmy Heath for this 17-piece big band and will span the corridors of his musical and creative imagination. This is Jimmy Heath's way to say to the world that he is still a vibrant musical force because "It Ain't Over Yet".

World Involution by Rocard Mo

WED, JUN 26, 6 PM

Opening Reception: WED, JUNE 26, 6-8 PM

Gallery Dates: WED, JUNE 26 - SUN, JULY 7

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens

Born in a rural town in Antioquia, Colombia, Rocard Cardenas Mo's artwork reflects the challenges of a problematic world affected by uncontrollable environments; a world filled with mixed languages, realists, and surrealists. Through explosive tropical color and handling of light and shade, his artwork takes viewers on a journey, with imagery evoking the countryside while grappling with encroaching urbanism.

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, Paul A. Vallone, and Jimmy Van Bramer; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

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