During Halloween Week, it’s all about pumpkins, costumes and trick-or-treating. But once it’s over, the Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Winter Solstice pre-season begins. The Kupferberg Center for the Arts is already planning for the December rush by offering a special “*me-plus-three promotion” (buy four tickets, get one free) for its holiday concert with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. With a 75-piece orchestra and 60-member chorus, these world-class musicians will capture the magic of the season and the charm of a New England winter with their signature Sleigh Ride, as well as other holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance during the finale and the entire audience will be invited to join in a traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long to bring this special performance to a close.
It’s the queen of all homecomings! Cynthia Ann Stephanie “Cyndi” Lauper, who grew up in Ozone Park, will return to the borough this Sunday for a concert at the Colden Auditorium as part of her three-continent She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour. The one-time Richmond Hill High School student with a four-octave voice range will perform songs from her breakout 1983 album, She’s So Unusual, such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time” and “She Bop.” She’ll also share intimate, never-before-told anecdotes of her personal life while wooing the crowd with her sui generis fashion sense.
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Bahia was the center of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Brazil for centuries, and many African customs, practices and creeds are still very alive in the state. These include the Yoruba-derived religious system of Candomblé, the martial art capoeira, the music genre samba and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the South American country’s only professional folk dance company. Exploding with color, movement, music, mystery and drama, the troupe features dozens of dancers, musicians and singers that bring an infectious energy to every performance. On October 18th, Balé Folclórico da Bahia will fill the Colden Auditorium with its thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms and generally feisty, flirtatious exuberance.
Details: Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 18th, 8 pm, $29-$59.
She’s won two Grammy Awards and a record-tying five Tony Awards. Plus, she just enjoyed a four-season acting gig as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC-TV medical drama Private Practice. Now she’s coming to Queens. This Saturday, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a concert featuring Audra McDonald accompanied by a jazz ensemble. The Broadway legend and luminous soprano will perform a variety of show tunes and selections from her new, intensely personal album, Go Back Home, her first solo disc in seven years.
Details: Audra McDonald Live, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 5th, 8 pm, prices vary.
An ancient art form mixes with modern theatricality and the result is too astounding to describe. The Peking Acrobats defy logic with trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with displays of contortion, flexibility and control, including daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. They push the envelope with juggling and balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. And when the perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on February 22, their acts will be accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects.
Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Friday, February 22
7pm – 9pm | $20-$30
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Snake begins on February 10, replacing the Dragon. For followers of the Chinese zodiac, this can mean steady progress and the need for discipline and extra attention to detail, among other possibilities. On January 23 and 24, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts rings in the new year with an interactive, theatrically vibrant performance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. With dazzling costumes, red ribbons and other colorful props, this multiracial, New Jersey-based troupe contextualizes China’s history, geography and culture with such traditional performances as Lion Dance, Peacock Dance and Coin Stick Dance. After each show, school classes can partake in 45-minute workshops.
Some people consider them the original boy band. The Vienna Boys Choir, which traces its roots back to 1498, consists of four divisions that give roughly 300 performances around the world every year. On Saturday, December 15, they’ll fill the seats and air at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium with their Christmas in Vienna concert. Expect an awe-inspiring fusion of extraordinary talent, singular training and master artistic direction.