PS21 Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Dance, More

April 21st, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg
Rory Block

Rory Block curates and performs at PS21’s Gospel & Blues Fest

Photograph by Tim Reidy

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its summer 2017 program of music, dance, theater, workshops and children’s events under the tent in Chatham.

Marking the inauguration of PS21’s twelfth season opening night will be a concert by Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. Other season highlights include the Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, classical piano concerts featuring Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” performed by Simone Dinnerstein and Chopin’s “Preludes” performed by Lincoln Mayorga.

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In addition to the musical offerings, PS21 will host play readings and films about the American immigrant experience. Rounding out the season is the month-long Chatham Dance Festival, which features some of today’s most influential dance companies and a month-long residency by Parson Dance.

Here’s the schedule for PS21’s 2017 concert series:

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, events take place at PS21 in Chatham. As indicated, some events will be held at ChurchLIVE! in Chatham.

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express: PS21 Opening Night Celebration
Saturday, July 15, 8pm
$35; $18 students
An evening of joyful Klezmer music with violinist Alicia Svigals, accordionist Lauren Brody and double bassist Brian Glassman to celebrate the opening of PS21’s 12th season. Svigals is the world’s leading Klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner and documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand.

Lincoln Mayorga: Chopin & Candlelight
Sunday, July 16, 2pm
$30; $18 students
A musical and dramatic presentation. Pianist Lincoln Mayorga performs Chopin’s Twenty-six Preludes. Actor Nancy Rothman reads selected Chopin diary entries and letters between Chopin and his lover, George Sand.

Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations: The Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert
Saturday, July 22, 8pm
$40; $20 students
Pianist Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2007. “An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation…” – The New York Times

THE RORY BLOCK GOSPEL & BLUES FEST WEEKEND
The Campbell Brothers
Friday, July 28, 8pm
$25; $12 students
Compelling, rich material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a twist: the steel guitar.

Slide Guitar Workshop with Rory Block
Saturday, July 29, 10am
$20; $10 student
A 90-minute workshop with Greater Nippertown’s Queen of the Acoustic Blues held at ChurchLIVE! in Chatham.

Sisters of Slide
Saturday, July 29, 8pm
$25; $12 students
An evening of the blues with five-time Blues Music Award winner Rory Block and Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar.

A Gospel Choir Fest
Sunday, July 30, 2pm
Donation encouraged
Rory Block joins a gathering of local gospel choirs at ChurchLIVE! in Chatham.

GO HERE for the full schedule of events for PS21’s 2017 season…