For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs with performances and food to start off a good year. This year, we will celebrate together virtually. Please join us for lively performances, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox and the final stretch of harsh winter before the spring renewal.
Program: E. BLOCH (1880-1959) — Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio
I. Andante II. Andante quieto III. Tempestoso
SCOTT JOPLIN (1868-1917) — Selected Rags for Solo Piano
S. BARBER (1910-1981) — Cello Sonata op 6
I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Adagio III. Allegro appassionato
WILLIAM BOLCOM (b. 1938) — Selected Rags for Solo Piano
G. GERSHWIN (1898-1937) — Porgy and Bess Suite for Violin and Piano (Arr. by Jascha Heifetz) I. Summertime II. My Man's Gone Now III. Bess, You is My Woman Now IV. It Ain't Necessarily So V. Tempo di Blues (There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York)
AMY BEACH (1867-1944) — Piano Trio in a minor Op. 150
I. Allegro II. Lento espressivo III. Allegro con brio
Help us put the Imagination in iTunes at our 2020 ImagiConcert!
Headlined by indie pop band Rush Week (Rachel K. Haines & James Benjamin Thomas) and featuring performances by Tyler Bellinger (Songland), Emily Cavanagh (A Song For You), Sam Ruiz (American Idol), Cory Wade (America's Next Top Model), and Kaiser himself! It will be a concert full of spirit and imagination! Tickets are only $10.
*The entire concert will be open captioned and ASL interpreted*
What has Kaiser's Room imagined recently?
Weekly digital classes since mid-April
Brand new (digital) classes designed in collaboration with New York Deaf Theatre for the Deaf Plus community
A new weekly hybrid class/interactive performance called The Kaiser's Room ImagiHouse
On Saturday, November 7, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its sixth annual Diwali Festival–reimagined as a FREE virtual event. Our virtual celebration mixes live and pre-recorded content and opens with footage of a home traditionally decorated for Diwali and an explanation of the holiday and traditional foods. Then Nupur Arora, owner of Queens Curry Kitchen, will demonstrate mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes with ingredients that you can find at your local grocer, including aloo gobhi (spiced potato and cauliflower), tikka marsala sauce for chicken or tofu, and chai tea. Then move the furniture and get ready to move as master Indian dancer Abha B. Roy and the Srijan Dance Center shows you traditional, folk and Bollywood dance moves. Once you are warmed up, keep moving as DJ Rekha spins the music for a Bhangra dance party.
Lioness is a collective of female jazz instrumentalists living in New York City whose mission is to inspire and educate the community at large by sharing music created by women in jazz, both past and present. Through outreach in the schools and in community spaces for the general public as well as providing networking opportunities for female musicians, Lioness performs and conduct workshops focusing on the contributions of women in jazz.
In this third and final concert in the Lioness: Women in Jazz Concert Series, the Lioness Ensemble will perform original compositions by members of the group, along with an online Q&A with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, guitarist Amanda Monaco, and tenor saxophonist Jenny Hill.
Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has pioneered a new style of Korean music that blends genres of contemporary ethnic and popular sounds while still maintaining the distinctive characteristics of traditional Korean instruments. At this special virtual concert, Coreyah performs music from their latest album ‘Clap & Applause’ showcasing their long-standing effort to infuse pop into traditional music through bold, youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a psychedelic sound.
Mark DeGarmo Dance broadcasts its Virtual Salon Performance Series on June 11th at 7PM ET on Zoom: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020 7PM ET
Mark DeGarmo Dance Zoom*
*The Zoom Link will be sent to attendees after a donation has been made. Those planning to attend are encouraged to make a donation in advance to receive the Zoom Link sooner.
Mark DeGarmo Dance goes virtual by broadcasting its transcultural transdisciplinary Salon Performance Series on Zoom with performances featuring Callie Hatchett, Zjana Muraro and José María on Thursday, June 11th at 7PM ET. Each performance includes an audience feedback session curated and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Mark DeGarmo Dance recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on global artistic communities and is committed to offering opportunities for artists to share and develop their work, despite the current circumstances.
Founded in 2010, MDD's Salon Performance Series provides an opportunity to view and engage with original performing arts and dance works-in-progress of guest artists. The series highlights artists and performing art and dance forms underrepresented in traditional and commercial performing arts venues nationally and internationally.
Dr. Mark DeGarmo curates the series and facilitates audience response sessions during each installment by adapting Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. DeGarmo guides discourse among the artists and audience members and encourages the public to actively participate in the development of original works-in-progress.
Usually housed in The Clemente Center, where MDD has been an anchor resident member nonprofit organization since 2001, MDD’s Salon Performance Series works to support the Clemente’s mission, and its determination “to operate in a multicultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.”
About the Artists
Callie Hatchett is an NYC based dance artist. She grew up in Alabama studying Vaganova based ballet under the direction of Meryane Martin Murphy. She is also a teaching artist for NYC Ballet and MDD.
Zjana Muraro is an independent dance artist, somatic movement practitioner and creative coder. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned and performed in Hong Kong, New York, London, Oulu (Finland), Salerno (Italy), Ga'aton (Israel), Los Angeles and Barcelona.
José María, is a queer, nonbinary, Puerto Rican recording and performing artist. They create glam electro-pop music and athletic dance for stage and screen. José’s work orients us towards Queer Future - queering narratives of love, power, and vulnerability.
About Mark DeGarmo Dance
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD has received over 300 grants from public and private funders and was the subject of a coveted cover feature article by Dance Teacher Magazine in June 2017. Since its beginnings, MDD has committed its resources to serving social justice, equity and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in New York City, the U.S., and internationally.
About Mark DeGarmo
A graduate with a B.F.A. of the Juilliard School Dance Division and Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program, DeGarmo has created, performed, and produced over 100 dance-theater works and led his company on 30 international tours to 13 countries. His work has been recognized with performing arts awards and honors from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. Department of State, and The White House. His transcultural transdisciplinary commitment includes writing “Transdisciplinary Performative Improvisation” for the University of Colima Mexico’s textbook Teaching Choreographic Composition from a Transdisciplinary Focus (2020 Spanish publication pending). Dance Director of Tlacopac International Artist Residency Mexico City, he is also an artist-scholar of Creative Agency Australia. Las Fridas, Mark DeGarmo’s original duet inspired by Mexican painter and revolutionary Frida Kahlo, was called “Genius,” “Wonderfully in your face,” and “Frightening… in a way great art always should be,” by New York audiences in November 2019. Melanie Brown of Stagebuddy.com deemed DeGarmo “a gladiator in various arenas."
Join MDD for a #GivingTuesdayNow Dance Circle on Zoom Tuesday, May 5th 6:30-7:00pm ET U.S. Mark DeGarmo, Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, will lead a short dance circle / mini lesson to celebrate unity and connection during this time.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/2123759214
or join with Meeting Code 212-375-9214
#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity– to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. As dancers, we believe dance has the power to do just that. Let's connect, release some stress, and have fun together!
A suggested donation of $5-$25 helps to support MDD's education and performance programs year-round.
Books are fun to read, but they are also a great place to write or draw! Let Mrs. Allison guide your kids through the process of making their very own notebooks (with a little bit of help from you) using creative folding, fun embellishments and craft supplies easily found around the house. Then sit back and watch as they fill the pages with all the amazing ideas whizzing around their heads!
Helpful items: paper lunch bags, origami paper or paper cut into squares at least 4×4 inches, recipe cards, glue stick, black pen, blank piece of sketchpad paper or construction paper...optional: feathers or stickers to decorate your covers, piece of ribbon 10-12 inches long.
Class will take place using Zoom. Registered students will receive a link approximately 24 hours before the class.