Thursday, September 3, 2009

Performing Arts Series Has Stellar Season Planned

The Performing Arts Series this season brings to Socorro a highly diverse schedule of entertainment, from Native American flute music, to magic and illusion, to a musical version of Dracula.

National Dance Institute
Sept. 11

Socorro County Youth star in a heartwarming display of high-energy dance and teamwork. 7 p.m. Admission: Adults $6/Youth: Free

Flamingo Express
Sept. 18

Flamingo Express is the companion band of the widely successful international touring troupe Pink Flamingos: The Big Band that involves audience, is fun, has great costumes and choreography.
The group provides a wide range of music from elegant and classy dinner music to Broadway show tunes, from themed extravaganzas to the most energetic, spontaneous dance party ever seen. The Pink Flamingos have built a reputation on their ability to get audiences involved. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Throughout their non-stop performance they have the audience out of their seats, on their feet, and up on the stage all night long.
Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Presidential Chamber Music Series: String Quartets
Sept. 21

Hosted by violist Willy Sucre, joined by violinists Krzysztof Zimowski & Justin Pollak, and cellist James Holland. Admission: Free

Lula Washington Dance Theater
Oct. 16

This award-winning African American troupe is athletic, fun and accessible, yet intelligent and evocative, performing “Ode to the ‘60s” and more. Based in the inner city of South Central Los Angeles, this company has risen to become one of the largest and most admired African-American dance companies in the West. Lula Washington is the main choreographer and the artistic “voice” of the company. She augments her work with choreography by famous artists such as Donald Byrd and Donald McKayle. Admission: Adults $14/Seniors $10/Youth: Free

Sol y Canto
Oct. 29

Joyful, original Pan-Latin roots music. Sol y Canto is the nationally-touring and Boston Music Award winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador.
The band features Rosi’s crystalline voice, Brian’s lush Spanish guitar, and virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Perú, Panamá and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion. The sextet has established a reputation for their quirky original compositions that address matters of the heart, social and global aspiration, and for their unique and driving interpretations of contemporary Latin music. Admission: Adults $6/Youth: Free

Dracula The Musical
Nov. 6

ABQ Stages performs Rick Abbot’s light-hearted romp through the familiar horror classic spotlighting Van Helsing’s musical battle against the evil Count Dracula. Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Ellis Paul
Nov. 20 (Festival of the Cranes week)

This poetically gifted singer-songwriter from Austin has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk, and Americana. The daughter of successful folksinger Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third-generation poet/musician who, growing up in Los Angeles, knew that her life would revolve around music.
“I got into it for all the wrong reasons, more as a survival tool then anything else, but it proved to serve me more than I dared to imagine it ever could,“ she said.
As a young teenager she recorded demos for her dad and started writing and recording her own material as well. In her late teens, Eliza moved to New Mexico to pursue an alternative lifestyle and eventually raised a family, while continuing to perform, write and record.
Over the years she developed a loyal fan base in the Southwest and Texas, as well as a uniquely intimate style shaped by her personal experiences and her need to stay true to her muse.
Admission: Adults $14/Seniors $12/Youth $10

Presidential Chamber Music Series: Trios for Viola, Clarinet & Piano –
Nov. 30

Willy Sucre will be joined by clarinetist Lori Lovato and guest pianist. 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free

Merri-Achi Christmas presented by Les Torres
Dec. 12

Mariachis, local flavor, and rising stars Manuel Romero and Lorenzo Mendez make this a seasonal favorite. 7 p.m. Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Pine Leaf Boys
Jan. 22

Louisiana’s finest, two-time Grammy-nominated, youthfully exuberant, band have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.
The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the awesome music of their ancestors and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company
Feb. 12

(following Club Macey Valentine’s Dinner)

Flamenco dance and music from the acclaimed National Institute of Flamenco’s professional troupe. Yjastros performers, recognized internationally for their artistry, present breathtaking flamenco choreographies created exclusively for the company by some of the finest flamenco artists in the world.
Through these exciting choreographies and masterful professional performances, Yjastros proudly brings the creative visions of world renowned flamenco artists to the American public and becomes a living flamenco archive. Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Around the World in 90 Minutes by Marty Essen
Feb. 19 (Science Olympiad weekend)

Author of “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet,” presents a high-energy, seven continents, digital slide show full of laughs, surprises, and interesting facts. Marty’s show features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.
It’s the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, ooh-ing and aah-ing at the photos, and then, when it’s all done, they realize just how much they’ve learned. Admission: Adults $10/Seniors $8/Youth $6

The Wiyos
Feb. 26 (Civil War Re-Enactment weekend)

Fun mix of Vaudevillian Ragtime Blues, Hillbilly Swing and Old Time Country. Taking their name from the late 19th century New York City Irish street gang, the Whyos, the band began as street performers in New York and New Orleans.
Their song repertoire combines original compositions with covers from tin-pan alley to western swing. A typical show may include rustic sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s as well as electric post-modern sound-scapes with smart lyrics. Admission: Adults $14/Seniors $12/Youth $10

Presidential Chamber Music Series: Piano Quartets
Mar. 22

Willy Sucre on viola, Katie Wolfe on violin, Anthony Arnone on cello, and Ksenia Nosikova on piano. 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free

Enter The Haggis
Mar. 26

Celtic Rock from Toronto. To engage this quintet is to indulge rock, fusion, bluegrass, traditional Celtic fare, folk, even Latin flavors. Alternating between upbeat rock numbers with sing-along choruses and slower, more introspective alt pop songs, the band plays progressive and lyrically driven music that’s strongly rooted in Celtic tradition - from the storytelling to the bagpipes. Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

The Jason Bishop Show (Illusionist)
Apr. 9 (Science Fair weekend)

An amazing display of magic and illusion. From his breathtaking double levitation to his cutting edge Op-Art and Plasma screen illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and origional state of the art magic.
One thing that distinguishes Bishop is his virtuosity. Each show features award winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and even close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Robert Mirabal … Dancing Earth
Apr. 23 (Earth Day)

Grammy Award winning Taos Pueblo flutist, musician and composer with Indigenous dance troupe, Dancing Earth. Robert Mirabal weaves ancient and contemporary music in a thoroughly original way.
Described as a Native American “Renaissance man,” Mirabal is a master flute maker. His flutes are world renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian. Mirabal is acomposer, painter, craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer. Robert travels extensively and plays his music all over the world.
Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

Esperanza Spalding
May 7 (Mother’s Day Pow Wow weekend)

Captivating jazz vocalist, bassist, composer, this 23-year-old prodigy turned pro is reviving classic jazz. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, Spalding pro might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music.
“She is an irresistible performer,” according to an article in The Seattle Times. “She sings and plays bass at the same time and does a sort of interpretive dance as she plays. Her analysis of what’s going on in jazz today is perceptive.” Admission: Adults $16/Seniors $14/Youth $12

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are at Macey Center, except where noted. Senior is 65 and over. Youth is 17 and under.

Pictured above: Eliza Gilkyson


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