Flushing Town Hall to Present 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar Over 2 Days in February

Flushing Town Hall has announced the fourth annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, which is being expanded next month because of  overwhelming popularity. The event, which illustrates Flushing Town Hall’s mission to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities in New York, celebrates one of the most significant traditional holidays in Chinese culture with the Chinese American community during the Lunar New Year.

Flushing Town Hall held a news conference on Tuesday, January 16 to unveil details. Attending and speaking – among others – were: Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director, Flushing Town Hall; Ya Yun Teng, Community Outreach Chinese Project Director, Flushing Town Hall; Minwen Yang, Honorary Chair, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Tai Wang, Member, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Mei Chan, Chairwomen, Council of Chinese- American Associations; Jingru Shen, Paper-cutting artist; Yianqiu Zhang, Lantern-making artist; Jingquan Lin, Calligrapher; Kongyuan Wang, Calligrapher; and, Qiang Yun, Calligrapher.

Flushing Town Hall is co-presenting the Temple Bazaar with the Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA) for a greater lineup of cultural programs, bringing performers from the Anhui province to New York City and presenting classic episodes and arias from Hui opera and Huangmei opera, the popular regional opera originated from Anhui province. The CCAA has extensive experience collaborating with artists from China, bringing them to the U.S. to present at various folk art festivals.

Due to popular demand, Flushing Town Hall is extending the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar from one to two days on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. On February 10, Flushing Town Hall will kick off the Temple Bazaar with a New Year’s parade at 9:30 AM. The march will start in front of the Flushing Queens Library, walking along Main street and making a turn on Northern Boulevard to Flushing Town Hall.

That day’s programming will then showcase a variety of performances, including Chinese traditional music, Chinese circus performances, and lion dance. Renowned calligraphers will write New Year couplet onsite for guests to bring home for a good year. The Bazaar also will feature craft stations such as paper-cutting and lantern-making, and food vendors representing various Chinese regional cuisine.

Then on Sunday, February 11, the Anhui Performing Arts Group will perform traditional Hui and Huangmei opera and Anhui folk songs during as three-hour event. To accommodate the special presentation on February 11, there will not be any craft stations or food vendors that day.

Visit www.flushingtownhall.org throughout the month for updates on the schedule of activities and performances.

Flushing Town Hall encouraged people to purchase tickets early, due to sellout crowds over the last few years. For tickets and more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org; (718) 463-7700 x222.

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar (中國新年廟會) is co-presented by Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA; 美國紐約華人社團聯席會), and sponsored by New York Shandong Association(紐約山東同鄉會), and WAC Lighting/Glow Foundation. We thank Northern Food I/E (北方食品公司), Inc. for sponsoring CCAA to support The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar.

 Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, the Glow Foundation, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the NYC & Company Foundation, William McClure / Queens College, New York Community Trust, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Sterling National Bank, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh.

*Contributions for FY18 at the $500 level and above, and received as of December 1, 2017 are listed.

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation.  As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.  As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance.  We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists.  We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

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The Gruffalo Live on Stage by Tall Stories is coming to Queens in February!

On February 17 and 18, Tall Stories brings its captivating musical adaptation of a classic picture book from the U.K. to Flushing Town Hall with The Gruffalo Live on Stage. Based on “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this production has told the beloved story of Mouse on stages across the world, from Asia to Europe—and now, to Queens!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

The Gruffalo Live on Stage has received such wonderful feedback across Britain and the world, so we are delighted to bring this renowned show to Flushing for two performances this February. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to experience a West End production – and at an affordable price,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.

This enchanting production features catchy songs, loud laughs, physical theatre, and the perfect amount of scary fun to children ages 3 years old and up and their grown-ups! Families won’t want to miss the show that the New York Times describes as “Altogether winning! Colorful, tuneful and spirit-raising. If only one could bottle this stuff.”

After the performance, young guests can participate in an interactive arts workshop that includes an enjoyable introduction to storytelling in theatre using games, freeze frames, and well-known tales.

Tall Stories was founded in 1997 by joint Artistic Directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, who co-create all of the company’s shows. Tall Stories is a registered charity which has become internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre and original music. The company has performed all over the U.K., as well as Poland, China, Taiwan, the United States, and Canada.

Tickets to the family shows are $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children, and tickets to the interactive arts workshops are $8/$5 Children/free for members with tickets to the 2:00 PM show. Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 20 participants, so purchase tickets early! For more information, visit  www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

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.

Prepare to experience Dreams of Sand by Spanish Artist Borja González on January 20

On Saturday, January 20, stimulate your imagination at Flushing Town Hall with Dreams of Sand by sand artist Borja González. With only a little bit of sand and his hands, González tells the story of two people, from their childhood dreams through their experiences of adult life. This emotional, nonverbal story captivates audiences through the unique and delicate medium of sand.

Borja González was born in La Rioja, Spain. A graphic designer, illustrator and plastic artist by trade, he has been exploring sand art for over 10 years. González has achieved international acclaim with shows in Spanish, European and American theatres. His performance at Flushing Town Hall is accompanied by beautiful live music.

Dreameams live on as a unique story and memory for each audience member

Prior to the show, join Borja González for an interactive arts workshop as he instructs participants in working with sand, first on paper, then on a small-scale light table. Explore imagination, creativity, and precision while learning the basic technique of sand art.

Tickets for the interactive arts workshop are $8/$5 Children/free for Members with tickets to 2:15 pm, and tickets to the family show are $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

This winter and spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

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.

Flushing Town Hall presents Korean contemporary improvisational music from Black String on January 26

On Friday, January 26, Flushing Town Hall presents Black String, a Korean group that creates contemporary sounds using ancient instruments. Embracing both traditional Korean music and jazz, Black String explores composed and improvised creations. The group’s amplified geomungo (Korean zither), daegeum (bamboo flutes), traditional percussion, and the unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will captivate the audience.

Black String was founded in 2011 as part of government sponsored Korea-UK cultural exchange program titled “UK Connection.” Black String has performed at WOMEX 2016, London Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, and many more world renowned festivals and venues.

Leading the group is Yoon Jeong Heo, a virtuoso of Korean traditional music, on the geomungo (Korean zither).  Her talents cut across various musical genres, expanding the possibilities of geomungo and Korean music by bringing together elements of traditional, improvisational and contemporary music.  Heo has held solo recitals since 1998 and has performed numerous times in Korea, Germany, France, the UK, USA, and many other countries. She is joined by Jean Oh on the electric guitar, Aram Lee on the daegeum (bamboo flute), and Min Wang Hwang on the janggu (traditional drum).

Black String’s performance of Mask Dance can be viewed here.

The ingenious improvisation of Black String won the group the 2017 Korean Music Award for “Best Jazz and Crossover Performance.” Jazz lovers and global music enthusiasts alike will be enchanted by Black String!

Tickets are $16/$10 Members and Students. For more information, visit  www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

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.

 

Are you ready to swing dance?

Get ready for Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era by Project Connect this Sunday, January 14. This interactive show will take the audience on a journey through the swing era of the 1920s. Audiences members of all ages will be on their feet in no time, singing and swinging along during this energetic show.

Presented by Flushing Town Hall Space Grantee Project Connect, this interactive dance program follows its main character, Lillian Carlyle, an aspiring dancer from Hollywood. It features authentic jazz music from the 1920s-40s by Big Band greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, as well as vintage fashions and most importantly, the high-energy Lindy Hop dance that began during this time.

This family-friendly event engages the entire audience, encouraging guests to sing, swing, and dance with the group. At the end of the show, everyone will learn to dance a historic line dance, called the Shim Sham, and celebrate the joy of dance and music.

“We are thrilled to have Project Connect at Flushing Town Hall to take our audience back to the swing era through the Lindy Hop and Big Band jazz. Through their shows, Project Connect encourages interaction and engagement with the arts, which is central to our mission,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.

Project Connect is a diverse swing dance group of both professional and volunteer dancers from different backgrounds. Project Connect is supported by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with support from You Should Be Dancing…! Dance Center, Frim Fram Jam, and Model J Vintage Fashion and Collectibles.

Twice a year, Project Connect brings an interactive and participatory swing dance show to nursing homes and senior community centers. Project Connect aims to bring people across generations together through swing dancing and music. Their mission is to bring joy to those who might have limited access to art and cultural activities.

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.

The performance is on Sunday, January 14 at 2 PM. Tickets are $10/FREE for Members, Seniors, and Children under 12. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

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.

Flushing Town Hall to Present Exciting Lineup of Music, Dance, Family Programs and More During Winter/Spring 2018

 

Flushing Town Hall illustrates its mission to provide global arts for a global community this season by bringing the world to Queens with Global Mashups, Jazz Jams, world music and dance, family performances, and robust programming for visual artists. In 2018, there is something for everyone at Flushing Town Hall.

“We are proud to serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and are committed to representing that diversity every season through a wide-range of programming,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “At Flushing Town Hall, there is always something to discover and something to inspire, and this new season is no exception. We are looking forward to bringing back the popular Global Mashups series and introducing new opportunities to engage with the Queens arts community.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.flushingtownhall.org.

Flushing Town Hall’s carefully curated, quality family programming will captivate young audiences this season, starting with The Gruffalo Live on Stage by Tall Stories, U.K. on Feb. 17 and 18; The Dragon King by the award-winning Tanglewood Marionettes on Mar. 10; Paper: A Wordless Tale of Life by a Stockholm-based puppet-theatre company on Apr. 22; The Polar Bears Go Up by Unicorn Theatre, U.K. on Apr. 28; and Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico on May 5.

As always, Flushing Town Hall offers no shortage of global music and jazz shows, including: Black String from Korea on Jan. 26; Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque from the Queens Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 2; Newpoli from Italy on Mar. 2; Punjabtronix on Mar. 10; the QJOG Spring Jazz Fest on Apr. 14; Konnakol Jazz by Arun Luthra on Apr. 28; Queens Jazz Orchestra: 10th Year Anniversary! On Jun. 29. The popular Global Mashups series returns in 2018 with Latin Boogaloo meets Afrobeat on Apr. 20; Egypt meets Haiti on May 4; Mexico meets Guinea on May 18; and Texas meets Peru on Jun. 15.

In 2018, Flushing Town Hall brings a wide range of unique experiences to Queens, including monthly jazz jams, exhibitions, dance, and more. Flushing Town Hall is excited to introduce Art-Makers Group and Arts Community Dialogues for community members to come together around the arts.

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. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Here’s a taste of what starts the season in January. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org for the full schedule.

 

Live Drawing with Models

MON, JAN 8, 6-9 PM

$16/$10 for Members & Students

Held on the second Monday every month, each artist will have the opportunity to practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgemental environment.

 

Monthly Jazz Jam

WED, JAN 10, 7-10 PM

$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians

Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

 

NEW! Art-Makers Group

WED, JAN 10, 6-9 PM

$10/$5 for Members & Students

Held every two weeks on Wednesdays. Get your creative juices flowing with our supportive Art-Makers group; bring sketchbooks, small projects or part of a work-in-progress, materials (easily cleaned w/ water), and a snack to share. Artists, professional and novice, working in all medium are welcome. Check our website for all dates.

 

Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era

SUN, JAN 14, 2 PM

$10/FREE for Members, Seniors, & Children under 12

Join FTH Space Grantee Project Connect, on a journey through the swing era. Dance to 1920’s-40’s jazz music by big band greats such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

 

Dreams of Sand

SAT, JAN 20, 1 PM & 2:15 PM

INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM

$8/$5 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show

Stimulate your imagination and creativity, and precision, while learning the basic technique of sand art. Join sand artist Borja González, as he instructs you in working with sand, first on paper, then on a small-scale light table.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE AT 2:15 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x241 for details.

 

Black String

FRI, JAN 26, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

Presenting new sounds from the ancient instruments of Korea, Black String creates a unique musical language drawing on Korean traditional music, jazz and free improvisation. Geomungo (Korean zither) virtuoso, Yoon-Jeong Heo joins forces with electric jazz guitarist Jean Oh, daegeum (bamboo flute) player, Aram Lee and janggu player Min Wang Hwang, creating dynamic, harmonic collisions of modes and rhythms at the intersection of East and West.

 

 

Flushing Town Hall presents Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era on January 14

On Sunday, January 14, Flushing Town Hall presents Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era by Project Connect. This interactive show will take the audience on a journey through the swing era of the 1920s. Audiences members of all ages will be on their feet in no time, singing and swinging along during this energetic show.

Presented by Flushing Town Hall Space Grantee Project Connect, this interactive dance program follows its main character, Lillian Carlyle, an aspiring dancer from Hollywood. It features authentic jazz music from the 1920s-40s by Big Band greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, as well as vintage fashions and most importantly, the high-energy Lindy Hop dance that began during this time.

This family-friendly event engages the entire audience, encouraging guests to sing, swing, and dance with the group. At the end of the show, everyone will learn to dance a historic line dance, called the Shim Sham, and celebrate the joy of dance and music.

“We are thrilled to have Project Connect at Flushing Town Hall to take our audience back to the swing era through the Lindy Hop and Big Band jazz. Through their shows, Project Connect encourages interaction and engagement with the arts, which is central to our mission,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.

Project Connect is a diverse swing dance group of both professional and volunteer dancers from different backgrounds. Project Connect is supported by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with support from You Should Be Dancing…! Dance Center, Frim Fram Jam, and Model J Vintage Fashion and Collectibles.

Twice a year, Project Connect brings an interactive and participatory swing dance show to nursing homes and senior community centers. Project Connect aims to bring people across generations together through swing dancing and music. Their mission is to bring joy to those who might have limited access to art and cultural activities.

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.

The performance is on Sunday, January 14 at 2 PM. Tickets are $10/FREE for Members, Seniors, and Children under 12. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

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.

Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, the Glow Foundation, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the NYC & Company Foundation, William McClure / Queens College, New York Community Trust, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Sterling National Bank, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh

Our work is also supported by gifts made in memory of Irene Seligman.

Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era was made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Are you ready to discover a new horizon?

Get ready for New Music Horizons.

Presented as part of the New Music Horizons’ Collaborative Artists in Concert Series, jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta and jazz bassist Mark Wade will each perform a set of original music – with their ensembles – and explain their writing process on Friday, December 15.

Mark Wade is the director of New Music Horizons, a non-profit organization that promotes the works of emerging and mid-career jazz and classical composers. In this blog post, Mark shares with us a bit about the performance, and his career.

(You can purchase tickets here!)

What can an audience expect to experience at your presentation?

We will be presenting our Collaborative Artists in concert program in which both composers will give a brief explanation of their process as a composer and some context for their music. Composers will be discussing their music during their individual sets and not as a pre-concert talk. (You can learn more here.)

Tell us about you.

I founded New Music Horizons in 2014 to address the considerable challenges he observed over 20 years as a professional musician. Composers of contemporary jazz and classical music in particular face difficulties in building audiences due to a lack of outlets for their work. Sometimes audiences may find new music intimidating or somewhat challenging to understand. Audiences with disadvantaged economic backgrounds also find high ticket prices a barrier to accessing new music. And venues are also hesitant to commit resources to booking and marketing emerging artists and their works, despite their artistic merit.

This program is an effort to bring together emerging artists, arts venues, and new audiences and help spread the excitement of new music. We have formed partnerships with various community organizations in Queens to bring new audiences to these concerts in a grassroots effort to grow support for our artists and new music in general.

Where did you grow up / where do you live?

New Music Horizons is based in Queens and is active throughout New York City.

What do you hope audiences discover at one of your events?

We invite audiences to come and experience something new and exciting – a new artist and new sounds they perhaps haven’t heard before. They will have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the composers about their music after the concert. We feel that this kind of open dialogue helps excite audiences and build support for deserving artists.

What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?

Flushing Town Hall is a world-class arts venue that is home to some of the most dynamic arts programming in New York. We are very grateful for their support in helping us produce this concert as they have in the past. Playing at such a prestigious venue provides a great platform for our artists to reach new audiences as well.

African Dance and Drumming with Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company on December

On Saturday, December 9, Flushing Town Hall presents Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company. The group’s powerful African rhythms, drumming, and dancing from the Ivory Coast will inspire and delight audience members of all ages.

The New York Times praises the drumming of the Kotchegna Dance Company as “nonstop, high-speed, feverishly intricate rhythms.” On December 9, Flushing Town Hall is bringing this dynamic and exhilarating dance and music group to Queens for a workshop and family performance.

Colorful clothing, exuberant song, vibrant dancing, and the exciting rhythms of djembe and doundoun drums will sweep the audience into a powerful experience of West African village life, with dancing, call-and-response, drum solos, and a finale with audience participation.

Master Dancer Vado Diomande was born into the stilt-dancing tradition of the Mahouka people in the northwest Ivory Coast. He learned the sacred dances of his people at an early age and was recruited by talent scouts to join the Ballet National de Cote D’Ivoire, where he was trained in the traditional dances of over 60 ethnic groups. After 15 years as a principal dancer in the Ballet, Vado established his own dance company, L’Ensemble Kokiegna d’Abidjan, and later re-established his company in New York in 1994 as the Kotchegna Dance Company. As a master dance teacher, he inspires his students to pursue both dancing and drumming in true African tradition.

Dancing is at the heart of Ivory Coast culture, expressing everything from the joys and grief of marriages, births, and deaths, to the shared communal life after long days of work. Dancing and drumming creates a beautiful web of community and caring. Mask dances add another layer of meaningful expression and connote protection, blessings, warnings, and ancestral messages.

Prior to the show, Vado Diomande will lead an all-ages dance workshop. Participants will follow Vado as he calls out the rhythm that accompanies each movement. Live drumming is introduced, and participants learn to hear the bass drum, which is the foundational rhythm, along with the lead djembe drum rhythms on top, which are “singing” and “talking” to the dancers. The workshop ends with participants invited to do “solo” steps – improvised movements – to show their appreciation to the drummers and the rhythms that have inspired the dance.

The interactive workshop starts at 1 PM, followed by a mesmerizing performance at 2:15 PM Tickets for the workshop are $7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 PM show. Tickets for the performance are $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.

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. College students can take advantage of $10 student tickets as well.