Johnny Mathis (left) and Gladys Knight (right)
are a couple of the performers that will grace
the stage of Colden Auditorium at Queens College
BY JOE MARVILLI
With the start of the new semester at Queens College, the new season of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts is just around the corner.
The cultural campus, made up of LeFrak Concert Hall, the Colden Auditorium and the Goldstein Theater, will host six different performers over the course of the next three months. These acts range in every factor except for one. They will all offer a top-of-the-line experience for attendees.
All the following shows take place at Colden Auditorium.
The fall season will kick off with one of the best-known singer/songwriters of the 2000s. Jason Mraz will play at Queens College as part of his five-borough tour, in support of his new album, “Yes!” Expect to hear tunes from that record, along with some of his famous hits, like “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” and “I’m Yours.” For this album and tour, Mraz worked with his friends, the rock-folk band Raining Jane. You can see them on Sept. 19, with tickets ranging between $25 and $75.
One month later, on Oct. 26, pop and jazz singer Johnny Mathis will bring his vocal chops to Colden. Dubbed “the world’s most romantic singer,” Mathis will sing standards like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty.” With songs from every genre, such as jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian music, Spanish music, soul, R&B, Broadway theatre and Tin Pan Alley, Mathis offers an evening of variety that is hard to match. Tickets range from $35 to $115.
On Nov. 1 and 2, “Leonard Bernstein’s Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers” will take place. Known as one of the composer’s most controversial works, “Mass” uses the Roman Catholic Church’s Sunday ceremony to investigate faith and doubt in the social upheaval of the late 1960s/early 1970s. You can buy tickets for $15 to $25.
A few days later, the college will host the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight. The seven–time Grammy winner has had hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary. Take advantage of this opportunity on Nov. 7 to enjoy hits like “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me,” “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends are For.” Tickets cost anywhere from $35 to $109.
Take in some classic music on Nov. 15 when the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra brings its renowned performance to Queens. The orchestra balances orchestral, operatic and choral classics with equally significant music of the 21st century. It is led by celebrated conductor Pavel Kogan and features violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Tickets range from $25 to $45.
Get yourself in the mood for the holidays on Dec. 7 with the Vienna Boys Choir. The choir will sing everything from traditional Christmas carols to Gregorian chants, from popular holiday favorites to songs from around the world. Tickets cost between $20 and $30.
To learn more about these shows and to buy tickets, visit http://kupferbergcenter.org or call the box office at (718) 793-8080.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.