TECHNIQUE, MUSICALITY, AND THE JOY OF MOVEMENT WITH GERRI HOULIHAN
Sundays 1-2:15pm on ZOOM
September 13-December 13
These classes are offered to dancers of various skill levels to bring us together in an open and supportive way and connect us all to our love for dance and community. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limón, the class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath for efficiency of movement. The class will begin with simple floor exercises and develop into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase.
Because music and its relationship to movement is such an important focus for Gerri’s approach to dance, we are delighted to say that music for these classes will be provided by our wonderful long-time ADF musician, John Hanks.
Convergence Arts and Flushing Town Hall present Lioness: Women in Jazz Concert Series. This is a three-concert/Q&A series presented by Lioness, a collective of female jazz instrumentalists/composers/bandleaders and a program of Convergence Arts, a non-profit committed to sharing the art and fun of improvisation with the community at large.
This second conert features Grammy sward winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian's LSQ with pianist Helen Sung, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer E.J. Strickland.
Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, was released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records. She has been nominated on her instrument in Downbeat Critics poll for “rising star” since 2007. Her versatility as a musician has led her to a variety of playing situations, working with the likes of actor Denis Leary, and most recently with Maurice Hines in the theater production of “Tappin Thru Life”. She is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and jazz festivals across the country. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years, and she is on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center as director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra” and instructor for the middle school jazz academy. She has adjudicated at many jazz competitions & festivals, notably the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.
The second concert will take place on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 PM EDT., and the third concert will take place on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 PM EDT.
Lumi Ciclo is a public projection installation on the walking bridge, that comes on every evening at sunset. The installation continues to run through to 1am. Every 15 minutes, on the hour, half-hour, and quarter, the animations change to indicate the time. In addition, the colors of the projections slowly evolve over the seasons.
How did Kunqu, an elegant form of traditional Chinese theatre proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the masterpieces of oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity, take root and grow in the U.S.? Presented in partnership with Kunqu Society, this program will trace some of its historical developments through memories of Ms. Chung-ho Chang Frankel (1913-2015), an amateur devotee of Kunqu, and popularly known as “a female literary talent of China’s Republican Era.” After emigrating to the U.S. in 1949, over more than sixty years Ms. Frankel continued to practice, teach, and promote Kunqu past her hundredth birthday. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment is vividly remembered by family and students, as well as professional artists.