October 2020 Grantee Events

Sachiyo Ito and Company, 2020 Creative Engagement grantee, photo by Tony Sahara
Sachiyo Ito and Company, 2020 Creative Engagement grantee, photo by Tony Sahara.

Clutch Productions

empowHER Reading Series
Premieres: October 3, 10, & 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM
EncorePerformances: October 4, 11, & 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Virtual Event

CLUTCH PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce their annual empowerHER Reading Series, featuring one-act plays and short screenplays by emerging female writers. The readings will be LIVE Zoomed through the Clutch website and Facebook page.

Scripts by Kate Bell, Jessica Charles, Cayenne Douglass, Loren Escandon, Allison Fradkin, Emma Goldman-Sherman, Deborah Peña, Robin Rice, Nandita Shenoy, and Jane Willis. Directors and dramaturgs for the project include Vanessa Morosco, Aleesha Nash, Lee Douglass, Raquel Almazan, Iyvon Edebiri and Mêlisa Annis.

Find more information at www.clutchproductions.org/empowher

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

 


Dominican Collectives Dance Ensemble, Inc.

Merengue: Evolution of its rhythms and dance
October 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Virtual Event

MERENGUE: evolution of its rhythms and dances is a conversation with Osaliki Sepúlveda, accompanied by demonstrations of the Dominican Dance Squad, which traces the history of the most important musical genre in the Dominican Republic, from its origins in the 19th century to the actuality. This event is the product of extensive research on Dominican culture and music.

Find more information at www.c4amd.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

A Season of Song: Mark Markham
October 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Virtual Event

Mark Markham, renowned for his work with legendary American soprano Jessye Norman (1945-2019), will work with singers and pianists on the art of refining performance. Markham was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University and is considered one of the most prominent performers and teachers in his profession. In recent years, recitals have been given with a new generation of stars including sopranos, Leah Crocetto and Jennifer O'Loughlin, and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges.

Find more information at https://www.artsongpreservationsocietyny.org/season-of-song-festival-2020-21.html

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


ANDPLAY INC

andPlay (in) Conversation
October 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Virtual Event

andPlay, a violin/viola duo based in New York City, focuses on commissioning new works and performing lesser-known contemporary ones. andPlay is especially passionate about the collaborative experience of creating new music and shares this process with the wider community through their free series, andPlay (in) conversation. The second event in their 2020 series features composer Carolyn Chen and a discussion and performance of her 2019 work for andPlay, "My Loves are In America." Inspired by traditional Irish fiddling, this piece plays with our perception of melody, time, and memory as the material shifts throughout the piece.

Find more information at https://www.twitch.tv/andplayduo or http://andplayduo.com/202021

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


Friends of the Erben Organ

Composer Highlight: Rare Music on the Historic Erben Organ & Violin
October 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Virtual Event

Live from the organ loft of the historic 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ, Basilica Organist and Music Director Jared Lamenzo and Violin Soloist Lavinia Pavlish will play a program of rarely-heard works by Josef Rheinberger, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-1868-henry-erben-organ-violin-recital-live-from-the-organ-loft-tickets-120833609579

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


Sachiyo Ito and Company

Live Streaming of Salon Series No. 67
October 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Virtual Event

The Salon Series is an on-going series of performances and lecture-demonstrations on Japanese performing arts held three times a year. Dialogue between artists and audience has provided further insights into arts and culture, thus bridging cultural differences. With world-class guest artists and speakers, the program has inspired NY audiences for 2 decades. Following COVID guidelines, this presentation will be streamed on-line at the venue used for the last 22 years. In light of the current circumstances, a prayer for peace, longevity, and healing through performance will be offered based on the Japanese traditional symbolism of cranes at Salon Series No. 67.

Find more information at www.dancejapan.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


The Harlem Chamber Players Inc.

Portraits and Dialogues
October 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Virtual Event

Join us online for an afternoon of short works by Black composers, Harry T. Burleigh, Jessie Montgomery, William Grant Still, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. A Talk Back with the musicians -- violinist Amadi Azikiwe, oboist Hassan Anderson, and pianists Kyle Walker -- with the founder Liz Player will follow the short concert.

Find more information at http://harlemchamberplayers.org/postcards_html/2020-2021_concert_announcements/Portraits_and_Dialogues.html

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

 


Laura Nova

Stair Masters
October 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Virtual Event

Stair Masters is a telephone play performed over a Sunday evening call between a young woman and her auntie, living in separate New York City tower blocks. The conversation charts their journey with isolation, NYC life in a pandemic, and of course, what both women are cooking.  In both process and performance, Stair Masters is an intergenerational collaboration with elder and teenage New Yorkers, bringing together theatre, oral history, and immersive storytelling to build bridges and create listening spaces for both intergenerational collaborators and audiences in isolation.

Find more information at https://letsreimagine.org/58851/stair-masters

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


29th Street Playwrights Collective (29PWC)

New Works Series 2020
October 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Virtual Event

29PWC New Works Series presents THE REVOLUTIONS OF RED EMMA by Maxine Kern. This new play follows the life and words of Emma Goldman, anarchist heroine, fighting for the people. Directed by Ryan Opalanietet Pierce and featuring Jane Ives as Emma Goldman, Tony Naumovski, Cynthia Enfield, and Brian Richardson, Susan Skosko, and Jay Fruchtman.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123204956341

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


Evangelican Lutheran Church of the Advent

Music Mondays
October 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Virtual Event

Music Mondays presents Julia Bruskin, cello; and Aaron Wunsch, piano in a virtual concert on Facebook Live and YouTube.  Music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and George Walker

Find more information at https://www.musicmondays.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

A Season of Song: Neil Semer
October 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Virtual Event

Internationally recognized for his work with classical, Broadway, and contemporary style singers, voice teacher, Neil Semer, offers his extensive insight guiding the audience through an enjoyable afternoon of music from the American Songbook. Semer has a summer training institute for singers in New York, Germany and Canada.

Find more information at https://www.artsongpreservationsocietyny.org/season-of-song-festival-2020-21.html

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

 


Ensemble Pi

Reparations Now!
October 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Virtual Event

Reparations NOW! is Ensemble Pi’s new project, inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s best-seller book, How to Be an Antiracist – both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations for the African-American community. Focusing on social justice, the new-music collective Ensemble Pi has presented concerts in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality and systemic racism since 2015.

This new project features works from a diverse group of talented composers, including world premieres by Allison Loggins-Hull, Angélica Negrón, and Trevor Weston, and a composition by Courtney Bryan – all commissioned by Ensemble Pi. It also includes Georg Friedrich Haas’ I can’t breathe (In memoriam Eric Garner), a musical improvisation, Requiem for Elijah, based on the last words of Elijah McClain, and a passage from Kendi's book, read by Damian Norfleet with percussion accompaniment. Reparations Now! is presented by The Center at West Park, where Ensemble Pi are artists-in-residence this fall.

Find more information at https://www.centeratwestpark.org/events/ensemble-pi-reparations-now

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

 


Germono Toussaint

The Last Gatekeeper
October 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Virtual Event

The Last Gatekeeper is a three-act, Afro-futuristic, musical theater experience, inspired by the writings of West African shaman Malidoma Patrice Somé. The term Gatekeeper refers to the indigenous belief that those who express themselves as same-gender-loving (SGL) maintain the portals between the physical and spiritual world. A virtual reading featuring illustrations and addition sound design will premiere online on October 29th, 2020 at 8PM.

Find more information at https://germonotoussaint.com/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

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