Tickets: $10 for individual sessions/dates; $56 for All 8 Classes
Tickets may be purchased for all 8 sessions (choose the All 8 sessions ticket on April 6) or for individual sessions/dates.
Taught by jazz researcher and educator Ben Young, Jazz 101 is a survey of the history of Jazz music, held over eight two-hour sessions—one per week. The course is designed for listeners at all experience levels: Using historic Jazz recordings we illustrate where the music came from, how it works, and how the styles have evolved. We will also explore Jazz in the socio-historical context of 20th Century America. The essential part of course is great music and the rich stories of the figures who shaped the music. It’s a lecture format, but no question is too basic. No papers, no tests, no entrance requirements, no one will call on you in class. Just check in and dig the sounds.
Week 1 (4/6/2021, 7 PM ET): Introduction & Back Story - Overview of the course, and the prehistory of Jazz (Music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and others)
Week 2 (4/13/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz in New Orleans - The mechanics of the New Orleans Polyphony in context of New Orleans culture (music by King Oliver, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band and others)
Week 3 (4/20/2021, 7 PM ET): The Jazz Age - Hot Dance bands and small groups on records in the 1920s. (Music of Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong and others)
Week 4 (4/27/2021, 7 PM ET): The Swing Era - Big bands ruled the earth, the charts and the airwaves (Music by Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday)
Week 5 (5/4/2021, 7 PM ET): Bebop - The intense new groove of the 1940s (Music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)
Week 6 (5/11/2021, 7 PM ET): Expansion - The new variants and ideas of the 1950s (Music by Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and others)
Week 7 (5/18/2021, 7 PM ET): Fusions - The blending of Jazz with Rock, Latin music, and Classical (Music by Machito, John Lewis, and others)
Week 8 (5/25/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz Today - Jazz up to now (Music of Quincy Jones, Cassandra Wilson and others)
Black History Trilogy I - John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice
FRI, FEB 5, 2021
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series of outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.
Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM.
Alton Fitzgerald White, a gifted actor who starred in Broadway’s hit show Ragtime and performed over 4,000 times as Mufasa, “king of the jungle,” in Disney’s production of The Lion King, will bring to life the legacy of American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, who passed away last summer and coined the popular phrase “good trouble” in one of his most resilient speeches. Following his reading of the speech, White will discuss why Lewis’ words and mission are still relevant today and participate in a short question and answer session with the virtual audience.
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.
This years' Annual Holly Tour is virtual. Explore historic Flushing from the warmth & comfort of your own home! Each site is putting on a show of their own, and each show has something fun and unique!
This event will be broadcasted live.
Join via Youtube Live! You will not need an account to watch, but if you want to chat with us, you will need one. Links will be distributed the morning of the event. We will also provide translated transcripts for the pre-recorded content of this program in Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean language.
Join Flushing Town Hall’s Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays for a 15-minute virtual tour. This tour will look at the Hall's outdoor fall exhibition of community artwork, Call and Response: Grief, Resiliency, and Hope, as well as inside the gallery, gift shop, and artists' dressing room - that used be a jail cell! The tour concludes inside the theatre with a solo violin performance of Greensleeves.