Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 2015-16 Season of music, dance, theater, and family programming, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. Hailing from Austria, Russia, China, Canada, and across the United States, the awards-winning artists include both Brooklyn Center premieres and returning favorites. Tickets go on sale exclusively to Brooklyn Center Members on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1pm, with general sales beginning on Thursday, May 14. Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
“Brooklyn Center is excited to continue to represent and reflect the vibrant diversity of Brooklyn through our upcoming 2015-16 season of live performances,” says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center. “From the Gershwins and the Beatles to classical ballet and step dancing, the 61st season at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the best of classic and contemporary arts and culture with world class artists in music, dance, theater, and family programming.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 Season includes:
• Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
• Black Violin
• Art of Time Ensemble – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
• The Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas In Vienna
• Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker
• Step Afrika!
• Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey
• Moscow Festival Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite
• The Golden Dragon Acrobats
• Robert Glasper Trio
• Darlene Love
• Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
• Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!
• Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
• Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute
• Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
2015-16 Season Opener
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein brings his impeccable piano skills and unparalleled interpretations to some of the greatest selections in the entire American Songbook, peppered with personal anecdotes from his autobiographical book The Gershwins and Me, which reflects upon his six-year collaboration with the great Ira Gershwin.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm
Back by popular demand, virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B return to Brooklyn with their electrifying mash-up of hip-hop, classical, and pop tunes. With appearances ranging from the Apollo Theater and the Billboard Music Awards to three NFL Super Bowls and President Obama’s official Inaugural Ball, this dynamic duo never fails to take audiences by storm with their unique spin on music for strings.
Art of Time Ensemble
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm
With hits including “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and the title song, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been designated “the most important rock and roll album ever made” by Rolling Stone magazine. Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble brings this iconic collection to life in a fusion of high art and pop culture that reveals the universal and timeless qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.
The Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas in Vienna
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm
This illustrious group of young musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.
The Colonial Nutcracker
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2pm
An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm
Experience Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in rich African traditions. Incorporating intricate rhythmic patterns of kicks, stomps, claps, and chants, the dancers use their bodies as instruments, creating an enthralling, high-energy performance that has been praised by The Village Voice as “a jubilation of rhythm and spirit that harks back to the essence of dancing.”
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Brooklyn Center is thrilled to partner once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all-new celebration of Chinese arts and culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. Thrilling choreography, traditional music, and dazzling acrobats showcase the rich traditions of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities at this festive, family-friendly event.
Moscow Festival Ballet
Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm
The power of love and the finality of death collide as two of the greatest tragic masterpieces of all time are reinvented in this double-bill of one-act ballets. The program begins with a new restaging of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko. This is followed by Alberto Alonso’s fiery Carmen Suite, inspired by Bizet’s sensuous and spirited opera.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Recognized internationally as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.
The Robert Glasper Trio
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8pm
More than ten years after making his debut at the legendary Blue Note, 2015 Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper graces the Whitman stage with an intimate concert combining original jazz compositions and selections from his June 2015 album Covered, which draws from some of Glasper’s favorite songs by artists including Joni Mitchell, John Legend, and Radiohead.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm
Pop icon Darlene Love has been captivating audiences worldwide for decades with her warmth, grace, and electrifying performances. She has sung with legends including Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin, lit up the Broadway stage in such musicals as Grease and Hairspray, and was featured in the 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. From her No. 1 hit, “He’s A Rebel,” to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she continues to blaze a trail of success, proving why Rolling Stone magazine calls her “one of the greatest singers of all time.”
Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm
Violin virtuoso and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, putting her indelible stamp on collaborations with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Mary J. Blige, and Dolly Parton. Her latest recording, titled Southern Comfort, pays a tender tribute to her paternal grandfather, an Alabama coal miner, as it draws from Appalachian fiddle tunes, church hymns, and the joyous Southern folk music that infused her childhood.
Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Embark on a new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with the heart of gold. Based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical celebrates the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.
Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued
Families will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need to create a more sustainable future and care for the earth.
Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute
Featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm
As a singer, Nat King Cole was called “the best friend a song ever had,” but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Three-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli join forces in this tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, performing favorites including “Route 66,” “Mona Lisa,” “Unforgettable,” and more.
Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm
The rest of Alexander’s family is moving a thousand miles away, but there’s NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he’s known all his life. Never. Not ever. No way! Based on Judith Vorst’s best-selling Alexander… series, this new family musical teaches us home isn’t a house or a place on a map—it’s wherever you are when you’re with the people who love you.
Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for Alexander, Who’s Not… Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. 50% discount for children ages 12 and under for select performances. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
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About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Major support for the 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.