BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Flushing Town Hall officially launched its winter-spring 2018 season on Monday and featured preview performances to illustrate the diversity of its programs.
“In 2018, Flushing Town Hall will continue to travel the world without leaving Queens, giving audiences opportunities to discover, learn and enjoy cultural offerings from near and far,” said Flushing Town Hall executive and artistic director Ellen Kodadek. “Our new season illustrates our mission to bring people together, to embrace diversity and to highlight the importance of culture in our lives.”
The announcement included a preview of “Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era,” which will premiere at the town hall on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. During the performance, the Flushing Town Hall space grantee Project Connect will take the audience on a journey through the swing era, dancing to jazz music from the 1920s through 1940s and songs by such legends as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.
In addition, a preview of “Egypt Meets Haiti,” a concert that mashes up two cultures on one stage, was showcased at the unveiling. During the show, Zikrayat plays Egyptian music that includes everything from belly dancing numbers to improvisations. Agoci Band combines hip-hop, roots and calypso flavors with Haitian compass. All of the bands play separately and then collaborate. This show will feature an open dance floor, allowing the audience to join in. For the performance on May 4, nonmembers will pay $16 and members and students pay $10.
In addition to the diverse list of performances between January and June, Flushing Town Hall will open its doors to teenagers for free through its Teen Access Program. This program welcomes youths, ages 13 to 19, to attend any performance for free. Flushing Town Hall’s goal is to appeal to students and help foster a greater love of the arts and culture.
Other shows during this season include “Dreams of Sand” by Boria Gonzalez, “Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque” by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, “The Gruffalo Live” by Tall Stories, “The Dragon King” by Tanglewood Marionettes, “Destination: Italy!” by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, “Solar-Lunar Transcriptions” by Tina Seligman, “Grunt!” by Elliot Cowan, “The Polar Bears Go Up” by Unicorn Theatre, “The Tragedy of Carmen” and “The Emperor’s Nightingale” by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre as well as Flushing Town Hall’s Monthly Jazz Jam.
“We invite all New Yorkers, and those visiting New York, to join us for inspiring and dynamic performances, presentations, workshops and much more,” said Kodadek.
Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. It is open on Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and two hours before events. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or visit www.flushingtownhall.org.
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