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
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