The Great Northeast Cheese Fest Returns to Flushing on December 2

Save the date for the premiere cheese and dairy event of the season as The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest returns to Queens for the third year in a row. Top toques and top tommes will once more turn historic Flushing Town Hall into a cheese lover’s paradise.

Top chefs, including Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse, will create exquisite cheese-highlighted dishes at 2017’s premier cheese event, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 2nd at historic Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artisanal creameries, including Danascara Cheese (Fonda, N.Y.), Tumino Cheese Co. (King Ferry, N.Y.) and Mohawk Drumlin Creamery (St. Johnsville, N.Y.) will have guests sampling the Northeast’s finest cheeses from nutty sheep’s milk tommes and Cheddars to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses. For the first time ever international cheeses, including those from Italy and Portugal, will be showcased as the popular festival returns. In addition to such Portuguese cheeses as Queijo Serra da Estrela there will be luscious Portuguese charcuterie including jamon de pata negra from Rodrigo Duarte of Caseiro e Bom (Newark, N.J.).

This year’s chefs and restaurants include Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse, Long Island City, Queens), Alfonso Zhicay (Casa del Chef, Woodside, Queens), Areperia Arepa Lady (Jackson Heights, Queens), Honey Pig Donut Co. (Whitestone, Queens), and SugarCube (Long Island City, Queens).

This year’s beverage lineup, curated by cider expert Daniel Pucci, will feature craft beer from Long Island City’s new Fifth Hammer Brewing Co. as well as exquisite ciders and wines. “Cider and cheese are natural partners, Pucci notes. “Cider’s low alcohol, acid and tannin makes it a perfect accompaniment to countless cheeses and cured meats. Cider has backbone, structure and acid that keeps the drinker focused on the snack at hand.”

“As a Queens guy I’m so excited to see such a high level of involvement on the part of Queens restaurants and brewers,” said Joe DiStefano, vice president of New York Epicurean Events. “The best local and international cheeses paired with the best libations make this an event not to be missed.”

Guests will have an opportunity to savor cheeses and learn about them from their makers. Pairings will include top-rated wines, craft beers, and farmstead ciders. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase cheeses from the creameries directly at the event and take them home.

A $60 general admission ticket entitles guests to unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and craft beverages.

Additionally, there will be $100 VIP tickets sold, which will allow access to a special hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. enabling guests to enjoy exclusive culinary demonstrations and learn about cheeses from renowned cheese experts.

“Everybody from bona fide curd nerds to cheese enthusiasts will find something to savor and enjoy,” said DiStefano.

ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP TICKETS can be bought at this EventBrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-northeast-cheese-dairy-fest-2017-tickets-38078628202?aff=erelexpmlt

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Presenting Fairy Tale’s Creative World Music from Korea on December 1

On Friday, December 1, Flushing Town Hall presents Fairy Tale, a creative Korean ensemble whose music is inspired by traditional Korean poems and songs. By transforming the old and conservative image of Korean traditional music, Fairy Tale has been a major contributor to the popularization of Korean traditional music and helps to find a place for traditional music in modern Korean pop culture.

Fairy Tale features traditional Korean instruments such as the daegum (a Korean bamboo flute, played by Seo Youseok), the geomungo (a Korean folk zither, played by Choi Jinyoung), and the haegum (a Korean fiddle, played by Ko Yunjin). Fairytale also includes percussions (played by Kim Kyuyoun), the piano (played by Oh Youngjin), and vocal song (by Jang Myeongseo).

Fairy Tale was formed in 2011 and released three albums so far. Their latest album “The Land of Poet,” released in December 2016, delivers stories, healing messages, and sentimental feelings of Korean poems and jeongga, one of three great traditional Korean vocal music genres along with pansori and minyo.

Flushing Town Hall will be the first stop on their North American Tour, which later includes stops in Tenafly, N.J., Stony Brook. N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

The Flushing Town Hall performance will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free with a student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

We’re Presenting The Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Friday, December 8

Flushing Town Hall is delighted to present the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Friday, December 8. The Quartet’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to the melody, rhythm, culture and spontaneous spirit of jazz.

This versatile group’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, but their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and naturally integrate different genres, with performances that reflect the influence of funk, blues, and world music.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone. The Brubeck Brothers have been performing and recording since the early 1970s. Their “honorary brothers,” guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. The Quartet has performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Playboy, Montreal and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

These versatile musicians have also played with orchestras and chamber groups from all over the world, including the Utah Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s Koch recordings, Intuition and Classified, spent several months in the top ten radio charts while earning positive reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, and the Boston Globe. Their 2013 CD, LifeTimes, was one of the Jazz Radio Airplay Top Ten CDs of that year.

All About Jazz says the Brubeck Brothers Quartet music “is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. [The Brubeck Brothers Quartet] attains that rarefied level where the music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness.”

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet show is Friday, December 8 at 8 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. For more information, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year- old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free with student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Celebrate the season with The Gift of the Magi

 

Celebrating the holiday season, FTH Space Grantee Queens Opera Theatre presents “The Gift of the Magi”, composed by Peter Ekstrom, on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 PM and Monday December 18 at 7:30 PM.

The classic O’Henry short story, set to music and lyrics, tells the story of a young couple living in New York City on Christmas Eve 1905. They loved each other so much that they each sold their most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas present. Their special gifts bring a touching reaffirmation of their unselfish love.

You can purchase affordable tickets – only $16/$10 Members & Students – here.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Jazz + Swing Dancing = Astoria Big Band on Nov. 17!

It’s a wonderful combination – jazz, a big band sound, and swing dancing. What more could you ask for?

Join us on Friday, November 17 for a presentation by the Astoria Big Band: Memories of Jazz in Queens.

Founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of Queens’ greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Big Nick Nicholas, Sarah McLawler, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, and more.

Fronting the band is a group of swing dancers, the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, who bring zest, color, and movement to this already engaging performance.

Tickets – only $16/$10 Members & Students – can be purchased here.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Fall for Kunqu, a Classic, Elegant Form of Traditional Chinese Theatre, on Nov. 18

 

On Saturday, November 18, Flushing Town Hall presents “Fall for Kunqu,” fusing together poetry, music, and story in a mesmerizing live performance. Carefully curated by the Kunqu Society, the program showcases a colorful and entertaining selection of music, singing, and dramatic pieces from the Kunqu repertoire to celebrate the season of fall.

Kunqu stands as the oldest extant genre of Chinese theatre and has had far-reaching influences on Chinese literature, stage performance, music, and dance. In 2001, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed kunqu, along with 18 other forms of cultural genres, as a masterpiece of “the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”

The presentation will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 PM. Admission is $16/$10 Members and Students. The event is open to all ages. Tickets are available at http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222. English translations will be provided.

The program will consist of three segments: sentiments, farewell and merriment – introduced and bridged by a host – that showcase the variety of  kunqu music and plays, from lone solitude to sad farewell to joyful merrymaking, all set in the fall. Performers, including resident artists and members of the Kunqu Society, are: Ms. Jiehua Shi, Mr. Dezhang Wu, Ms. Juguang Xu, Mr. Fulin Wen, Ms. Anna Chen Wu, and Ms. Yurong Xin.

Founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1989, the Kunqu Society is a non-profit corporation with the mission of studying, preserving, and promoting kunqu.

Kunqu took shape in the mid-16th century in the lower Yangtze region of China and gained nationwide popularity in the following three hundred years. The scripts of kunqu are known for their refined, lyrical beauty; works such as Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion (1598) and Hong Sheng’s The Palace of Eternal Youth (1688) are regarded as masterpieces of Chinese literature and poetry.

In performance, singing, recitation, movement, and martial arts techniques are fused into a single dynamic, flowing, and harmonious performance. These well-integrated stage actions not only bring the audience sensory enjoyment but also add depth to the characters and convey the dramatic themes.

Kunqu has developed into a profound performing tradition and has provided literature, training, and inspiration for later genres of Chinese theatre. It is both a critical landmark and living tradition of Chinese performing arts and culture.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.

Astoria Big Band presents Memories of Jazz in Queens on Nov. 17

Led by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of Queens’ greats Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Big Nick Nicholas, Jimmy Heath and more at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, November 17. Two prominent vocalists and the swing dance group ‘Big Apple Lindy Hoppers’ bring zest, color, and movement to this already engaging performance.

Carol’s 17-piece Astoria Big Band presents their fascinating Memories of Jazz in Queens concert, originally based on tales told by the late bassist Leonard Gaskin, who played with icons such as Louis Armstrong All-Stars and Big Nick Nicholas. Gaskin, who lived for many years in Jamaica, Queens, worked closely with Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band.

The concert includes selections immortalized by Queens Jazz legends Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Big Nick Nicholas, Sarah McLawler, and more. Arrangements are written by band members including Chris Rinaman and the late Charlie Camilleri, and by Queens greats such as Count Basie.

Carol Sudhalter, who plays flute, baritone sax, and tenor sax, has performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Lincoln Center), Trumpet’s, Birdland, Iridium, JVC Jazz Festival; and in major clubs and festivals in U.K., Italy and Switzerland including Villa Celimontana and JazzAscona. She founded the Astoria Big Band in 1986 and continues to lead the band. The band has played in a variety of venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. They also were the first to play at the Forest Park Carousel.

“I am so excited to be presenting our material on some of the legendary Queens-based jazz names to an audience who remembers much of the history and knew some of the artists,” says Sudhalter. “Especially at Flushing Town Hall, which has been and still is a hub of jazz in Queens!”

Tickets are $16/$10 for Members and Students. Please visit www.flushingtownhall.org for more information. Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Celebrate 100 Years of Dizzy and Monk with NEA Jazz Masters in November

On Friday, November 3, Flushing Town Hall presents a concert celebrating 100 years of two Jazz icons: Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Their essential contributions to the jazz vernacular is celebrated in a show featuring National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Kenny Barron on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Jimmy Cobb on drum. The Masters are joined by Lew Tabackin and Antonio Hart on saxophone and Rufus Reid on bass.

This group of Masters will perform special arrangements of classic compositions by Dizzy and Monk, including “Groovin’ High” and “Round Midnight.”  NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath was originally scheduled to perform at this concert. However, due to a health matter, Dr. Heath will not be performing but will be at the concert in spirit.  Dr. Heath personally selected Antonio Hart as his substitute for the evening.

 

Dizzy Gillespie helped to usher in the era of Bebop in American jazz. Gillespie is known as one of the founding fathers of the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz tradition, and he was inspired by his travels throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He remains one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.

The NEA Jazz Masters are also paying tribute to the great Thelonious Monk. Known for his improvisational style and highly percussive piano technique, many of his compositions are now part of the standard jazz repertoire.

Celebrate a century of incredible jazz with Flushing Town Hall. You will not want to miss this tribute to two jazz legends, lovingly performed by Kenny Barron, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Cobb, Lew Tabackin and Rufus Reid.

Admission is $42/$32 Members/$20 Students with Table Package options for $125/$100 Members (reserved table for two with wine and snacks) and the event is open to all ages. You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.

Presenting Afro-Venezuelan Music by Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo on October 21

On Saturday, October 21, Flushing Town Hall presents “the voice of Venezuela”, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo, for a colorful evening of Afro-Venezuelan dance and music. Guests can participate in a dance lesson before the performance.

Betsayda Machado grew up in the small village of El Clavo in Venezuela and performs with her village’s own multi-generational percussion band, La Parranda El Clavo. Together they perform tambor venezolano, a Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre. Many of their songs shed light on the challenges that Venezuelans are currently facing. Experience the passion, color, and contagious beats of this spirit-shaking show that is said to make dancers float.

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo made their New York City debut in January 2017, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, which called them, “The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted.”

The group has been performing throughout the country ever since, and they are currently celebrating their 30-year anniversary with a series of concerts and residencies from Denver to D.C.

This engagement of Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Flushing Town Hall is excited to have this vibrant group share their rhythm and vocals with our community. The evening will start with dance lessons at 7 PM, followed by a performance at 8 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free with a student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.