On Thursday, September 7, Flushing Town Hall kicked off the fall 2017 season with a news conference and preview performances offering a taste of a robust array of global performances, family programs, workshops, exhibitions and much more.
The event featured a presentation previewing Enchanted Formosa and a dance showcase previewing The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali and the Diwali Festival. New York City Council Member Peter Koo, New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisk, and representatives for New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng delivered remarks.
“We are located in one of the most diverse regions in the state – and country. It’s this diversity that gives us the ability to discover cultures and customs, and the melting pot that makes us stronger as a nation. For those who are new to us, the hallmark of our programming is a cross-cultural focus, works that bridge different cultures, as well as programs that present art forms from across the globe,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall. “Starting this week, audiences can discover and explore all the world, right here at Flushing Town Hall.”
Kodadek thanked the many performers, presenters and supporters in attendance, including: Al Harris, Carol Sudhalter, Richard Hourahan, Anna Etsuko Tsuri, Hsing-Lih Chou, Tai Wang, Karen Lee, Sherry Chen, Ms. Chi-Ping Yan from Taipei Cultural Center, Mr. Yu-Wei Hsieh and his band, JunYi Chow, Dongshin Chang, Dezhang Wu, Akemi Kinukawa, Brian Gill, Mark Wade, Barbara Morales, Gary “Wicked” Fritz, Kristina Teuschler, Noah Elwell, and Gary Padmore, all from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and members of our Chinese Cultural Committee: Minwen Yang, Paul Ru, Kuang-Yu Fong, Hank Yeh, and Arthur Liu.
This fall, Flushing Town Hall will continue its popular Teen Access Program, which grants free entry to performances for 13- to 19-year-olds. This program encourages young people to engage with the magnificent arts opportunities in our community.
Flushing Town Hall’s September highlights include (in chronological order): Enchanted Formosa (Sept. 8), a spectacular concert combining folk, pop, and alt-rock in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York; Full Moon Drumming with Juan Gutiérrez (Sept. 13); and, Jose Conde Eclectric & Ola Fresca (Sept. 22), featuring original tropical Latin roots dance music with Cuban rhythms.
Other season highlights are: The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali (Oct. 6); 1, 2, 3, Andrés (Oct. 15); Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Oct. 21); the annual Diwali Festival: Kathak, Bhangra & Beyond, featuring Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha (Oct. 29); NEA Jazz Masters: Celebrating 100 Years of Dizzy and Monk (Nov. 3); Astoria Big Band: Memories of Jazz in Queens (Nov. 17); Fall for Kunqu (Nov. 18); Fairy Tale: World Music from Korea (Dec. 1); The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (Dec. 8); Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company (Dec. 9); and, Queens Opera Theatre: The Gift of the Magi (Dec. 17 and 18).