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Music, Dance, Silent Films and More Slated for Schimmel Center's 2015-16 Season

Schimmel Center at Pace University is proud to announce the 2015 | 2016 season at The Schimmel Center at Pace University, located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, adjacent to City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge. Schimmel Center is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on showcasing the globe's greatest talents in the areas of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, film and family entertainment.

Schimmel Center Series 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 as the executive director of The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, Opera America, and L.A.'s John Anson Ford Theatre, informs Pace University's standard of excellence. "In a city renowned for artistry and diversity," says Kagan, "Schimmel Center continues to establish itself as a key player in New York's performing arts landscape. We hope to continue to showcase Schimmel Center as an accessible and vibrant venue for international artists and ensembles of the highest quality to perform at affordable prices for all of New York City and the Tri-State area."

Highlights include three of the Schimmel Center's best-selling series, American Showstoppers with the Fred Barton Orchestra, Art History Alive with Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton and Silent Films with Live Accompaniment by Ben Model.

On October 9th, arranger, conductor and historian, Fred Barton, will conduct his 13-piece orchestra and lead a cast of Broadway singers to pay tribute to the music of composer and lyricist, Johnny Mercer. The cast will include Tony Award-winner, Karen Ziemba (Contact) and Tony nominees Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar) and Lauren Worsham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder). Barton will return again on March 4th to honor the work of Cole Porter.

Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton will present a series of lectures this year titled Great American Masters. The series will focus on American artists Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

Ben Model, who is known for his original scores for classic films which have been featured on the TCM network, will perform live accompaniment to four classic silent films throughout the course of the season. The series starts on October 11, 2015 with the Harold Lloyd vehicle, The Freshman, and culminates on March 13, 2016 with a series of restored Charlie Chaplin shorts including titles such as The Floor Walker, The Vagabond, The Pawn Shop and The Cure. Mr. Model will also present a screening of the film, Wings, which was the first ever film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as the German Louise Brooks vehicle, Diary of a Lost Girl.

Several World and NY debuts will also populate the season. Michael Bacon of the Bacon Brothers will debut his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra on Friday, March 18. The same night will also feature the World Premiere of conductor Gary S. Fagin's dramatic work for soprano, baritone, vocal ensemble and orchestra, Supreme Justice: The Battle for Gay Rights. Choreographer, Gaspard Louis will present the New York premiere of his work, Trilogy on Friday and Saturday September 25th and 26th. The piece is in response to the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and its aftermath. German quartet Salut Salon will have their NY debut on Sunday, April 17th.

The season will also see a revival of the 2005 off- Broadway theatrical event, Swango, by Tony Award®-winning playwright, Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), based on a concept by Mariella Franganillo and Robert Royston. The show will run three performances October 15th -17th. The Flying Karamazov Brothers will also return to the New York stage on Friday and Saturday 12th and 13th.

Other highlights include Ana Gasteyer's cabaret performance, I'm Hip, based on her album of the same name on March 12th and The Bacon Brothers performing repertoire from their personal songbook on February 6th. Drummer, Stewart Copeland, of the band, The Police, will join forces with pianist Jon Kimura Parker for their original program, Off the Score on Friday, April 8th.

Located adjacent to the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, Pace University's 655-seat Schimmel Center 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, film, lecture 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 $10 for any performance in Schimmel Center's season with a valid student ID.

Complete show and venue information follows. Visit Schimmel Center's website, www.schimmelcenter.org for additional information and to purchase tickets.


2015:

Saturday, September 19 and 20

New York Theatre Ballet

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

Doors/Lobby Bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Dance, Ballet

For its inaugural season at The Schimmel Center, New York Theatre Ballet 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.

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

Sunday, September 20

New York Theatre Ballet

Cinderella

Special Family Performance

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

Doors/Lobby open at 2pm, Show at 3pm

Tickets: $10 - $20

File Under: Family, Dance

A perennial favorite of 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. This hour long ballet is specifically designed for young audiences.

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

Friday-Saturday, September 25 and 26

Gaspard & Dancers

The Trilogy -"L'Esprit," "Souke," and "Annatations" - a Tribute to the devastation 2010 earthquake and its aftermath

New York Debut

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Dance, Ballet, Jazz

Haitian-born Gaspard Louis rose to prominence as a dancer and choreographer with the internationally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. 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 in Haiti and its aftermath.

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

Sunday, October 4

New York Gypsy Brass Showdown

Frank London's Klezmer Bass All-Stars; Hungry March Band; Slavic Soul Party; Underground Horns

Curated by Livesounds.org

Part of the NY Gypsy Festival

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $19

File Under: Global, Gypsy, Instrumental

Expect four wildly diverse brass bands compete 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.

Friday, October 9

American Showstoppers

Featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra

An Evening with Johnny Mercer

Doors/Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Broadway, Cabaret, Orchestra, Concert, Broadway composer

A popular series for the Schimmel Center, American Showstoppers is a series developed by Executive Director, Martin Kagan and Musical composer, arranger and historian, Fred Barton. The evening features The Fred Barton Orchestra comprised of 13 musicians as well as a rotating cast of Broadway's finest singers and dancers. 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.

The Cast will include Vivian Reed (2-time Tony nominee, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Marie Christine), Ryan Silverman (Drama-desk nominee - Side Show, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Cry-Baby), Nick Spangler (It Shoulda Been You, The Book of Mormon, Cinderella, The Fantasticks, winner of The Amazing Race on CBS-TV), Lauren Worsham (Tony nominee - Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, NY Opera Candide, NY Philharmonic Show Boat) and Karen Ziemba (Tony Award-winner - Contact, 3-time Tony-nominee, Steel Pier, Curtains, Never Gonna Dance, Bullets Over Broadway, 42nd Street).

Artist Website: http://fredbarton.blogspot.com/

Sundays October 11 and November 8 (2015), January 31 and March 13 (2016)

Silent Films with live music composed and played by Ben Model

Join Ben Model, one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ as he brings silent films to the Schimmel. For more than 30 years, he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano or theatre organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.

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

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Harold Lloyd in THE FRESHMAN (1925)

Doors open at 1:00pm, Show at 2:00pm

Tickets: $8 - $12

File Under: Cinema, Film

Starring Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict and James Anderson; directed by by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor; released September 1925 by Pathé Exchange. 76 mins. Courtesy 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!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

WINGS (1927)

Doors open at 1:00pm, Show at 2:00pm

Tickets: $8 - $12

File Under: Cinema, Film

Starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, and Jobyna Ralston; directed by William Wellman; released August 1927 by Paramount Pictures. 144 mins. 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 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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Louise Brooks in DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (1929)

Doors open at 1:00pm, Show at 2:00pm

Tickets: $8 - $12

File Under: Cinema, Film

With André Roanne, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp; directed by G.W. Pabst. Released October 1929 by Pabst-Film. German film, with English intertitles. 116 mins. After playing supporting roles in a string of light comedies at Paramount, Louise Brooks went to Germany and made two iconic and darkly dramatic films directed by G.W. Pabst. Her bobbed hair, charm and smoldering screen presence in the midst of the dark stories of PANDORA'S BOX and DIARY OF A LOST GIRL have made Brooks an icon of '20s culture. Her character in DIARY goes from one situation to another attempting to better her life, finding adversity, love, and tragedy.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Charlie Chaplin - restored comedy shorts: THE FLOORWALKER, THE VAGABOND, THE PAWNSHOP, and THE CURE (1916/1917)

Doors open at 1:00pm, Show at 2:00pm

Tickets: $8 - $12

File Under: Cinema, Film

With Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman; directed by Charles Chaplin; released 1916-1917 by Mutual Film Corp. 100 mins. Chaplin made 12 classic comedy "two-reelers" for Mutual during 1916 and 1917. He was 27 years old and had complete creative control over his films. This series of shorts was in and out of release for decades, recut, retitled, duped and duped again. Fortunately a monumental restoration effort has been undertaken over the last few years, and these comedies can now be seen looking as close to what they did initially as possible. Hilarious and inventive, the four classics on this program find Chaplin working in a department store and in a pawnshop, as a traveling violinist, and going to a spa for his health.

Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17

Swango

The Theatrical Dance Experience

Curated by Livesounds.org

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39 - $65

File Under: Theatre, Musical, Dance, Ballroom, Swing, Tango, Latin

A new revival of the 2005 off- Broadway hit by Tony Award®-winning playwright, Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), based on a concept by Mariela Franganillo and Robert Royston. Following in the tradition of West Side Story, this contemporary, Romeo and Juliet, story depicts one unique night of dance, romance, revelry and rivalry within and between two different worlds.

In one evening we see the tale of two lovers; the girl from the sultry world of Argentine Tango, the boy from the lively arena of West Coast Swing. When the lovers conquer their differences, they create the harmonic fusion of Swing and Tango.

Forever Tango star Mariela Franganillo and four-time International Swing Dance Champion, Robert Royston (Swing!), both choreographic "masters of tango and swing, respectively," (NEWSDAY) have united to create a new thrilling and enticing dance form fusing Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing.

Sunday, October 18

Sons of Serendip

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39

File Under: Classical, Pop, Concert, Instrumental, Chamber

The Sons of Serendip (SOS) are a musical group of four friends, who came together in graduate school at Boston University. Known for their stint on the hit television program, America's Got Talent on NBC, the group quickly became a fan favorite and cemented a spot in the top 4 of the 2014 competition. The quartet, comprised of cello, harp, piano and vocals, will play a program that includes popular standards from the late 20th century.

Artist Website: http://www.sonsofserendip.com/#music

Wednesdays October 21 and 28 (2015), February 17, March 2, 9 and 16 (2016)

Art History Alive with Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton

Great American Masters Lecture Series: Homer, Cassatt, Tiffany, Calder, Pollock, Warhol

Doors open at 11:15am, Lecture 12:15-1:15pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Art, Lecture Series

In these richly-illustrated lectures, Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton (Pace faculty member) takes an in-depth look at the life and work of six Great American Masters who display widely varying aesthetic styles and artistic philosophies. Beginning with the factual Realism of Homer and the sophisticated Impressionism of Cassatt, continuing to the brilliant colors and patterns of Tiffany, the unique mobiles of Calder, and the free Abstraction of Pollock, this lecture series concludes with Warhol who defined art as "...what you can get away with."

Each lecture is followed by a luncheon, hosted by Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton. Patrons can continue the conversation about the lecture's subject.

October 21, 2015: Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Realism: Life in America is visually documented by Homer in paintings of boating scenes and the Civil War.

October 28, 2015: Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and American Impressionism: Determined to be an artist, feisty Cassatt moved to Paris, befriended the French Impressionists, and focused on portraits of women and children.

February 17, 2016: Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and Stained Glass: Vividly colored windows and functional home furnishings--especially lamps and vases--become Fine Art in Tiffany's studio.

March 2, 2016: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and the Mobile: Witty, clever, and inventive, Calder creates a new kind of sculpture that literally moves in space.

March 9, 2016: Jackson Pollock (1912-56) and Abstract Expressionism: Dripping and splattering paint onto huge canvases unrolled on the floor, Pollock's non-figurative art may be interpreted differently by each of us.

March 16, 2016: Andy Warhol (1928-87) and Pop Art: The "king of pop," Warhol uses commercial printing techniques to produce multiple images of popular everyday items including the iconic Campbell's soup cans.

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

Friday, October 30

Greg Kennedy

Theorem

Doors/Lobby Bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Circus, Juggling, Illusion, Special Event

Fresh off of his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, this two-time International Juggling champion uses the principals of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work with original apparatus. As a young juggler he quickly made a name for himself in the juggling community not only by his mastery of traditional juggling technique, but also for creating entirely new forms of manipulation. Theorem, his most extensive production, incorporates original aerial acrobatics, live music, and a cast of six.

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

Saturday, October 31

Greg Kennedy

Theorem

Special Family Performance

Doors/Lobby open at 2pm, Show at 3pm

Tickets: $10 - $20

File Under: Family, Circus, Juggling, Illusion, Special Event

Fresh off of his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, this two-time International Juggling champion uses the principals of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work with original apparatus. As a young juggler, Greg Kennedy quickly made a name for himself in the juggling community not only by his mastery of traditional juggling technique, but also for creating entirely new forms of manipulation. Artist Website: http://www.innovativejuggler.com/

2016:

Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23

Taylor 2

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Dance, Modern

Paul Taylor's renowned Taylor 2 Company, composed of six professionals with a particular gift for his style, is headed back to the Schimmel for their third appearance.

Artist Website: http://www.ptamd.org/artists-dances/taylor-2/taylor-2-dancers/

Sunday, January 24

Voce: Rising Opera Stars in Recital

Leah Crocetto (Soprano)

Matthew A. Epstein, Artistic Advisor

Doors/Lobby Bar at 2:00pm, Show at 3:00pm

Tickets: $39

File Under: Classical, Recital, Opera, Voice

Leah Crocetto (Soprano) represented the United States at the 2011 Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition where she was a finalist in the Song Competition. She is a 2010 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the First Place Winner, People's Choice and the Spanish Prize Winner of the 2009 José Iturbi International Music Competition, and winner of the Bel Canto Foundation competition. She will offer a recital program of classic voice music.

Artist Website: http://www.cami.com/?webid=2077

Saturday, January 30

Sing-a-long-a Grease

Back By Popular Demand

Doors/lobby open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $25

File Under: Cinema, Film

The brand new sing-a-long version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music. The evening begins with a host leading a vocal warm-up before they show the audience how to use their free Magic Moments fun packs. Audiences even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. The entire classic movie musical is shown complete with animated lyric subtitles. Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.

Artist Website: http://www.singalonga.net/grease/

Saturday, February 6

The Bacon Brothers

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39 - $65

Michael Bacon - vocals, guitar, cello

Kevin Bacon - vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion

Kevin and Michael Bacon grew up in Philadelphia with their four sisters in a home filled with music. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the city's famed Electric Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could. Their music, laden with the brothers' trademark gritty rock and a touch of Philly soul, hearkens back to those roots in the Philadelphia.

Michael has gone on to become an Emmy Award winning composer for film and television; most recently scoring Good Fortune - The Story of Morgenthau, as well as a documentary about Texas Governor, Ann Richards for HBO. Kevin, a prolific stage and screen actor, recently starred in the FOX TV drama, The Following. In 1995, the two formed the band known by their family name.

The Bacon Brothers are backed by Paul Guzzone (Pace faculty member) on bass/vocals, Marshal Rosenberg on percussion, Frank Vilardi on drums, and Ira Siegel on electric guitar.

Artist Website: http://baconbros.com/index.htm

Wednesday, February 10

The Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman

NY Debut of Septet

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39

Julian Bliss is one of the world's finest solo clarinetists excelling as concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He launched the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012 at Wigmore Hall and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London and fronted their debut disc, Benny Goodman -The King of Swing.

Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the 30's and 40's, Julian Bliss leads his septet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Julian became enamored with the performances of Benny Goodman at the age of seven, and in 2010 decided to form a group to perform Goodman's music.

Julian Bliss and pianist Neal Thornton offer an unbiased point of view about the work of Benny Goodman, talking the audience through the music and sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman's life.

Artist Website: http://imgartists.com/artist/the_julian_bliss_septet

Friday-Saturday, February 12 and 13

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Circus, Juggling, Special Event

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Expect the unexpected with THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS, described as 'multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability.' The self-proclaimed eccentric lunatics spice things up with a zany showcase filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, wild theatrics, arcane errata, and astonishing juggling feats. Formed at UC Santa Cruz in 1973, THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS have been seen around the world, on Broadway, on television and on the big screen.

They are not however, your father's wild-haired, flame-throwing, juggling, kilt-and-tutu-wearing performers. They are beloved by adults, students, students who watch Glee, tourists, theatergoers, theatre-avoiders, pseudo-intellectuals, Abe Vigoda, friendless geeks, hedge fund managers, hedge fund managers who are now Duane Reade assistant managers, kids (but only gifted ones with a solid background in the classics), disgraced religious leaders, Kardashians, and politicians.

The Chicago Reader says, "The Flying Karamazov Brothers' show is so much fun that anyone you take to see it will want to go to bed with you." And, the Wall Street Journal says: "The Karamazovs deliver visual and verbal one-liners, all while creatively tossing about anything they can get their hands on!"

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

Sunday, February 14

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Special Family Performance

Doors/Lobby open at 2pm, Show at 3pm

Tickets: $10 - $20

File Under: Family, Circus, Juggling, Special Event

THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS bring us a performance designed especially for families, described as 'multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability.' The self-proclaimed eccentric lunatics spice things up with a zany showcase filled with comedy, wild theatrics, arcane errata, and astonishing juggling feats. Formed at UC Santa Cruz in 1973, THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS have been seen around the world, on Broadway, on television and on the big screen.

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

Friday, February 19

Blues, Swing and Boogie Woogie Piano

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

This event will recapture the early American art form of the Blues, Swing and Boogie Woogie style of piano playing. Three accomplished performers, Scott Staton (Pace faculty member), Dave Keyes and Loren Korevec, will each present their own individual approaches to the form and in addition will accompany several guest vocalists who also specialize in this particular genre of the Blues and Jazz tradition. Boogie Woogie piano festivals are very popular in Europe. The UK Boogie Woogie Festival in Sturminster Newton England, Laroquebrou in the Auvergne region of France, Silvan Zingg's event in Switzerland and Reneaud Patigny's Boogie Woogie festival in Brussels are some of the best known of the many annual European piano festivals.

Saturday, February 21

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Special Family Performance

Doors/Lobby open at 2pm, Show at 3pm

Tickets: $10 - $20

File Under: Family, Concert

Combining the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one of a kind, stand out star in the family music scene. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he and his family band have earned a loyal national following. Along with his daughter, MC Fireworks, 23 Skidoo creates unique and heartwarming party music that has garnered national awards, five #1 hits on SiriusXM Global Radio and praise from TIME, NPR, USA Today and many others.

Artist Website: http://secretagent23skidoo.com/

Sunday, February 28

The Intergalactic Nemesis

Target Earth

A Live-Action Graphic Novel

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39

File Under: Theatre, Special Event

Telling an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, a new art form, the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen.

Artist Website: http://theintergalacticnemesis.com/

Friday, March 4

American Showstoppers

Featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra

An Evening with Cole Porter

Doors/Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Broadway, Cabaret, Orchestra, Concert, Broadway composer

A popular series for the Schimmel Center, American Showstoppers is a series developed by Executive Director, Martin Kagan and Musical composer, arranger and historian, Fred Barton. The evening features The Fred Barton Orchestra comprised of 14 instruments as well as a rotating cast of Broadway's finest singers and dancers. This concert will honor the music of Cole Porter, known for his provocative and witty lyrics as well as his sophisticated rhythms and melodies. Porter was responsible for New York stage hits like, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and Can- Can. His songbook includes standards such as, "Night and Day," "You're the Top," "I love Paris," "Let's Do It," and "Begin the Beguine." The cast will be announced at a later date.

Artist Website: http://fredbarton.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 12

Ana Gasteyer

I'm Hip

Doors/Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Broadway, Cabaret, Concert

Performing songs like "One Mint Julep" and "Proper Cup of Coffee" to a new rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," Gasteyer's saucy selections tell stories with humor, heartbreak...and just a little splash of soda.

A violin player from the age of five, Gasteyer always had an ear for music and a knack for timing. Years later, after a formal education as a classically- trained singer, she made the fateful discovery that she could get people laughing-and laugh they did every Saturday night at NBC's Studio 8H. Audiences watched Gasteyer's flair for irony and character driven comedy on six seasons of SNL, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt.

Gasteyer spent several years on the Broadway stage in shows like Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show. But she felt most at home crooning and chirping with a big band in a nightclub, amidst laughter and the inviting clink of ice in a glass. Her acclaimed shows, Let it Rip and Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman earned praise from audiences and critics alike who hailed the acts as "exuberant and rollicking entertainment" with "high-octane vocals" and "a topnotch swingin' ensemble."

Ana Gasteyer has teamed with producer and "New York Nightclub Supernova" Julian Fleisher to make her Moxie Jazz album with an eclectic range of covers and reimagined classics. ?Her most recent credits include Columbia Pictures' Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, New York City Center's A New Brain, ABC's Suburgatory, ABC's The Goldbergs and HBO's Girls.

Artist Website: http://anagasteyerinconcert.com/

Friday, March 18

The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra

TWO WORLD PREMIERES

- Gary S. Fagin's Supreme Justice: the Battle for Gay Rights

- Michael Bacon's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29 - $55

File Under: Classical, Concert, Instrumental, Orchestra, Chamber

The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra returns to the Schimmel Center with two world premieres: Gary S. Fagin's Supreme Justice: the Battle for Gay Rights and Michael Bacon's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra. KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's dramatic work, Supreme Justice: the Battle for Gay Rights, for soprano, baritone, vocal ensemble and orchestra that portrays the struggle of the country's highest court to expand the definition of equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Featuring the eloquence of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Justice Antonin Scalia--fierce professional adversaries over gay rights, yet warm friends outside the court--Supreme Justice: The Battle for Gay Rights is a stirring musical performance that explores one of the seminal issues of our time.

Michael Bacon's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra will be performed by Christine Kim with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. The concerto was started in 2005 and completed in 2015. It is in three movements and is approximately 18 minutes in length.

Artist Website: http://www.knickerbocker-orchestra.org/

Saturday, March 26

Iceland's Bedroom Community

Featuring Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurosson

Curated by Livesounds.org

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29 -$55

File Under: Global, Instrumental

A North American tour featuring artists (Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurosson) from the Icelandic Bedroom Community label and collective, home of some of today's most forward-thinking, inventive and diverse music from around the globe.

Artist Website: http://www.bedroomcommunity.net/

Friday-Saturday, April 1 and 2

Zvi Dance

DABKE

Sponsored by the SHS Foundation

This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artists Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Doors/Lobby bar open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Dance

Under the Artistic direction of its founder, Israeli-Born, Zvi Gotheiner, Zvi Dance uses its unique dance vocabulary to define a unique set of relationships and experiences. DABKE is a contemporary dance inspired by this ancient Middle-Eastern folk dance. Arabic for "stomping the ground," Dabke is the national dance of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine; Israelis have their own version. Mr. Gotheiner's DABKE uses the power of dance to highlight tribal and national identities as well as dissolve those definitions. Reflecting on the recent "Arab Spring" movement that ignited the Middle-East with unstoppable forces for change, Gotheiner aspires to celebrate this trend, and by creating DABKE, acknowledges its ripple effect on all of us.

Artist Website: http://www.zvidance.com/#/home

Friday, April 8

Stewart Copeland & Jon Kimura Parker

Off the Score

With Yoon Kwon, Marlon Martinez & Judd Miller

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39 - $65

File Under: Classical, Concert, Instrumental, Chamber

Stewart Copeland, the artist who innovated the world of rock drumming as a member of the rock band, The Police, joins forces with pianist Jon Kimura Parker in a new chamber music program. Five accomplished musicians put their heads together to play great classical music, new songs and new arrangements of works from composers as varied as Stravinsky and Aphex Twin. With three incredible collaborators, they have created a quintet that has one foot in the classical world and its other foot all over the place.

Artist Website: http://www.stewartcopeland.net/

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

Sunday, April 10

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

Special Family Performance

Tony Nominee for Educational Excellence!

Doors/Lobby open at 2pm, Show at 3pm

Tickets: $10 - $20

File Under: Family, Theatre, Improv, Special Event

Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line is it Anyway? Flung into the future by a bumbling sea witch, a crew of misfit pirates now have only one chance of returning home: performing the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! There's only one problem: half their script is missing! The audience helps the crew fill in the blanks and watch as they improvise a brand new musical adventure based on audience suggestions!

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

Sunday, April 17

Salut Salon

New York Debut

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $39

File Under: Classical, Concert, Instrumental, Chamber

This critically acclaimed, quirky quartet is known for their passionate virtuosity, instrumental acrobatics, charm and a great sense of humor. Their work is a combination of classical music: tango, chansons, folk and film soundtrack presented in a cabaret aesthetic of artistic sketches. The quartet's new programme is called "Night of Destiny" and was created to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary. They explore, "the kingdom of shadows between Life and Death and tell tales of Destiny in music - from virtuosic classical pieces to the melancholic melodies of tango and milonga."

Artist Website: http://www.salut-salon.com/en/home/

Saturday, May 7

Jesús Alemañy's ¡Cubanismo!

Curated by Livesounds.org

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29- $55

File Under: Global, Instrumental, Orchestra, Concert

This concert celebrates twenty years since the founding of Jesús Alemañy's ¡Cubanismo! project. Alemañy came to fame as a 15 year-old trumpet player for the iconic Cuban son group Sierra Maestra. The all-star ¡Cubanismo! orchestra plays sizzling Cuban dance tunes full of swaggering horn charts and wild polyrhythms that recall the vintage big-band son sound as well as rumba, cha-cha and the lesser known danzón and pa'ca rhythms arranged in the descarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the '40s. This show marks their first New York date in over a decade.

Friday, May 20

DakhaBrakha

With Love from the Free Ukraine

In Concert

Curated by Livesounds.org

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Global, Instrumental

This band from Kiev researches and then reshapes ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music and theatre creating an unexpected range of sounds. DakhaBrakha - which means give-take in old Ukrainian - melds soulful folk and ritual songs, with Balkan, African, Braziian, experimental Jazz, pop and R&B which is performed on vocals, accordion, bass drum, keyboard, mouth harp and cello.

Saturday, May 21

DakhaBrakha

With Love from the Free Ukraine

Accompaniment to Silent Film Earth (1930)

Curated by Livesounds.org

Doors/Lobby bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $29

File Under: Global, Instrumental, Film

DakhaBrakha will perform their original score to a screening of the classic 1930 pre-Stalin silent film Earth (Zemliya) by Aleksandr Dovzhenko, considered to be one of the most important films and filmmakers of the Soviet era. Dovzhenko, of Ukrainian descent - who's early works were an integral part of the Ukrainian cultural renaissance. The lyrical and poetic film depicts the lives of Ukrainian farmers with intense close-ups and impressive expanses of the landscape and is a passionate tribute to the land, nature and to the people that work it.


Performances take place at the Schimmel Center at Pace University located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan. Wine is served in the Schimmel Center lobby from our cash bar starting one hour prior to show. Subscription series tickets are available now.

Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 10th at 10am. To purchase: Online at schimmelcenter.org; By phone via The Ovation Tix Call Center at (866) 811-4111; In person in advance at Schimmel Center Box Office (212) 346-1715, open Mon-Fri from 1pm-6pm starting Friday, July 31st; Day of Show at Schimmel Center box office beginning three hours prior to performance time.

Public Transportation within a five minute walk of the venue includes:

4 / 5 / 6 Subway to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall

2 / 3 Subway to Fulton Street

A / C Subway to Fulton Street

J / Z Subway to Fulton Street

N / R Subway to City Hall

PATH Train to World Trade Center

M1 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street

M6 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street

M9 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge/ City Hall

M15 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall

M22 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street

M103 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street

B51 Bus to City Hall/Broadway

Schimmel Center at Pace University, located within the University's downtown campus, has been an active part of Manhattan's artistic community for 35 years. Located one block east of City Hall and immediately adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, Schimmel Center's 655-seat theatre regularly hosts academic and community events in addition to its yearly schedule of the world's finest music, theatre and dance. Over the past twelve years, Schimmel Center has served as a founding venue for The River-to-River Festival (2002), hosted both The Tribeca Film Festival and The Tribeca Theatre Festival (2001), provided a headquarters for The National Actors Theatre (2002 to 2004), presented the only Democratic Presidential Debate to present all ten candidates for the 2004 election, and actively hosts James Lipton's award-winning Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio, taped on Schimmel Center's stage since 2005.

For more than 100 years, Pace University has helped prepare students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience. Pace has three campuses in New York City, Westchester and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, via its rapidly growing Performing Arts Department, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and School of Law.

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