PS21 Announces 2018 Summer Schedule of Events in its New Pavilion Theater

[CHATHAM, NY] PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is proud to announce their 2018 summer schedule, the first in its new state-of-the-art pavilion theater. Highlights of the season include Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani headlining the Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert, the Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, five diverse music concerts, and the Chatham Dance Festival. PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66 in the village of Chatham.

“We are so excited to have such a strong line-up of music and dance performances for our first season in the new pavilion theater,” said PS21 Board President and founder Judy Grunberg. “State-of-the-art sound and lighting are just the beginning. Our new theater seats 300 and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself!”

For tickets or information, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006.

DETAILS OF THE 2018 SEASON:

PS21 Theater Opening Night Celebration and Revue
Saturday , June 30, 8:00 pm.

A variety of the talented artists who performed over the past twelve years under the tent return for this celebration: Guy Klucevsek, TAKE Dance, physical comedian Hilary Chaplain, Vanaver Caravan and Parsons Dance.

MUSIC

Twisted Pine – String band
Friday, July 6, 8:00 pm.

One of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast, their infectious style brings the sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.

Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani
Saturday, July 7, 8:00 pm.

Eliot Fisk is one of the most exciting and unique guitarists. Yehuda Hanani, founder/director of Close Encounters with Music, is known worldwide for his charismatic playing and profound interpretation. Together they will perform selected Bach Cello Suites.

Winifred Horan Trio
Friday, July 13, 8:00 pm.

This extraordinary Irish fiddler was a member of Cherish the Ladies, the stellar all-female Irish music group, and is co-founder of the Irish super group Solas.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 pm.

Latin Grammy winners and New York City’s first and only all­-women Mariachi Group, they offer a fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

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Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend: The Power Women of the Blues

Rory Block
Friday, July 20, 8:00 pm.

Experience the power of Rory’s authentic, deeply felt and skillfully wrought performance in an intimate setting. This solo concert focuses on women’s place in the blues.

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy
Saturday, July 21, 8:00 pm.

Diunna Greenleaf, a native Texan steeped in gospel music, embodies the tradition of powerful women blues artist from Bessie Smith through Koko Taylor.

Strait Way Ministries Gospel Choir
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm.

A full concert of traditional African American Gospel music. From Mississippi, the group includes a band and uplifting, powerful singers.

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Farah Siraj Trio
Friday, July 27, 8:00 pm.

Farah Siraj performs original compositions fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, bossa, flamenco, jazz, and pop, with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish, and English.

Igudesman and Joo
Saturday, July 28, 8:00 pm.

Igudesman is a Russian violinist, composer, conductor and actor. Hyung-ki Joo is British-Korean pianist and composer. The two met in grade school. Their show, inspired by Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, combines comedy with classical music and pop culture.

DANCE

Parsons Dance
Friday and Saturday, August 3-48:00 pm.

Parsons Dance is known for its energized, athletic, ensemble work, and has collaborated with iconic artists across all disciplines.

Bill Shannon: Maker Moves
Friday and Saturday, August 10-11, 8:00 pm.

A multimedia contemporary clown theater piece. Moving on crutches and a skateboard, performance/video artist Bill Shannon explores the role failure plays in innovation.

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre: Middlegame and Romanesco Suite
Friday and Saturday, August 17-18, 8:00 pm.

Known  for his striking blend of theatricality and musicality, Týnek’s Middlegame employs tactics of game strategy and seduction and takes its inspiration from the game of chess and 19th century café life.

Bang Group: Mouthful of Shoes
Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, 8:00 pm.

Comic enthusiasm with a blend of tap, body percussion, vaudeville, ballet and contemporary dance. Toe shoes, tap shoes, and Velcro suits.

FILM

Silent Film Comedies with Piano Accompaniment
Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm

An evening of silent film comedy, Buster Keaton shorts, “One Week,” “The Boat” and “Balloonatics” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant,” with live piano accompaniment by Jon Pohlmann.

JUST FOR FUN

Folklife Stories with Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre
Friday, July 13, 1:00 pm.

Pamela Badila, artist and matriarch of the Badila clan, tells folk tales integrating music, song, and dance.

Magician Jim Snack
Friday, July 20, 1:00 pm.

Back by popular demand! Jim Snack will mystify and wow the audience with his incredible and fun magic tricks.

West African Dance and Drum
Friday, July 27, 1:00 pm.

Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s West African Dance and Drum Workshop presents a high energy exhilarating performance of the traditional dance and drumming of Mali, West Africa.

Cardboard Explosion with Puppeteer Brad Shur
Friday, August 3, 1:00 pm.

With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.

Bill Shannon
Friday, August 10, 1:00 pm.

Shannon shares his personal story and inspires his audience to find their own moves. Skateboarding, physical comedy, storytelling, and crutches are all part of his work.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts. PS21 seeks to serve a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages.

The new black box theater is a flexible 40’x60’ performance space that is closed in the winter and seats up to 99. In warmer months, the east wall slides open and the black box theater transforms into the stage for the 300-seat open-air pavilion theater.

This performance is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by PS21’s generous members. Support for PS21 programs is also provided by Metz Wood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc. and Stockli Slevin, LLC.  Special thanks to Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund and Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation for supporting our Just for Fun programs.

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