Air Play

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

AIR PLAY is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters the siblings’ future. The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. This poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young and young at heart.
Performance Run Time: 60 minutes, No Intermission

Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm
“Revealing the Magic” with members of the company immediately following the performance

Ticket Prices: $25, $20, $15; Students $10; Family Pack (2 adult, 2 youth) $50; Lap Seats $5

Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Cabaret”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, as the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and the rest of a raucous cast of characters take the stage to tantalize the crowd. But as life in Germany grows uncertain, will the alluring, decadent Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history—“Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time”—in John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award–winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

Ticket Prices: $65, $60, $30; Students $30, $25, $20

QYRQ QYZ: Music & Film from Central Asia

Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls) is a legendary, epic Central Asian tale in which a girl gathers a group of 40 young female warriors to vanquish invaders, securing her clans’ freedom. Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova’s adaptation transforms the epic into a multimedia work that places live performance by female reciters and instrumentalists against a backdrop of multiscreen video projection, With a musical score by the celebrated Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Qyrq Qyz is a  true celebration of women’s musical traditions in the Muslim world.

Pre-show talk with musicologist Ted Levin in the Concert Hall Lobby at 3:00 pm.
Post-show Meet & Greet with the artists.

Ticket Prices: $35, $30, $20; Students $10

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 PM, FAC Concert Hall

This Venice-based period-instrument ensemble specializes in vibrant performances of the works of one of that city’s native sons, Antonio Vivaldi, as well as other early-music composers such as Caldara, Locatelli, and Galuppi. The orchestra is known for their rediscovery of 17th– and 18th-century masterpieces and their revelatory pursuit of the essence of the compositions they play, which the Washington Post once described as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.” Their extensive touring has brought them to concert venues around the world; for this concert they will be joined by virtuoso musician Anna Fusek on wood recorder. “There’s a wildness in Vivaldi’s music that makes it so exciting, a sense of barely controlled fury in his huge, cascading waves of sound. But there’s also a heart-breaking vulnerability at its core, and the Venice players balanced them to perfection.”—Washington Post

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

$45, $35, $20; Five College Students and Youth 17 and Under: $15, $12, $10

The Message

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @7:30

The Message is truly an all-star band. Its five members, Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), Billy Pierce, (tenor and soprano saxophones) Brian Lynch (trumpet), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Carl Allen (drums), and Essiet Essiet (bass), collectively have decades’ worth of experience delivering top-tier jazz performances live and on recordings. Four of the five members of The Message—all but Sullivan Fortner, born in 1986—are alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the iconic jazz band that played in various iterations from the fifties to 1990. All come together to revisit the Messengers’ swingin’, hard-bop tradition, with a focus on arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, but also always playing original compositions that respect the band’s roots. Taken altogether, The Message’s musical message is one that only gets better with age.

Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium at 6:30pm

Ticket Prices: $35, $25; Students $10

Jessica Lang Dance

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work packed with stunning movement. This promises to be one of the hottest shows of the winter. Among the pieces to be performed are Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with internationally recognized architect Steven Holl, and Thousand Yard Stare, honoring wounded veterans and all of those affected by war.

Pre-show talk in the lobby at 6:30 pm with Jessica Lang on her work “The Thousand Yard Stare”
Post-show discussion with members of the company immediately following the performance.

Ticket Prices: $45, $35, $20; Students $15, $12, $10

The Underwater Bubble Show

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @7:30 PM

Plunge into a glistening blend of laser technology, snow cannons, soap-bubble tornadoes, and optical illusions as the effervescent Mr. B is transported to Bubblelandia, a blissful ocean utopia where colors explode and dreams take flight. Inspired by the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, this lavish Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art, and theatrical magic to whisk families to an imaginary bubble world bursting with possibilities.

Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm 

Ticket Prices: $25, $20, $15; Students $10; Family Pack (2 adult, 2 youth) $50; Lap Seats $5

Slavic Soul Party

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00PM
Bowker Auditorium

SSP! pumps a strong Balkan brass sound through the filter of life in New York’s outer boroughs, making new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization. Over the past 15 years, the band has released seven full-length albums and toured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. From pashas’ palaces to dive bars, Carnegie Hall to Serbian schoolyards, festival stages to prison courtyards, the band has built an international following, and their tunes have been covered by Serbian brass stars, New Orleans funk stalwarts, and legendary street bands.

Ticket Prices
General Admission $15; Students $7; Under40TIX  $15

Theo Croker Quintet (Billy Taylor)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:30

Theo Croker is a young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who has earned the attention of top musicians. Produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Croker’s most recent recording, Escape Velocity, is a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. He brings his quintet to the FAC for an evening of inspired music.

Ticket Prices: $35, $25; Students $10

Jorge Caballero (Guitarra)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, an honor comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality, and his spellbinding performances.

Ticket Prices: GA $15