Welcome to Westchester Community College's "Smart Arts" cultural season for 2016/2017!

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ARIEL STRING QUARTET

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 pm

This young Israeli quartet, internationally acclaimed, performs widely in Israel, Europe, and North America, with two record-setting Beethoven cycles performed last summer. The Ariel continues to astonish audiences with its performances of complete works by memory. Founded 16 years ago, they recently debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2016, a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young. “A consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.” (American Record Guide)


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NS DANZA

ConTrastes

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 pm

ConTrastes is more than traditional dance, colorful traditions and regional costumes. The performance loves and speaks of Spain; its traditions, customs, and instincts through the symbolic elements of folk dance and live music through a contemporary prism. ConTrastes is a feeling that lives in the heart and spirit of this rich land. Take a historical and cultural journey through the islands, mountains and beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean with live music, astounding choreography and soulful singing.


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THE SECOND CITY

The Best of The Second City

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 pm

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Valhalla in a special performance, “The Best of The Second City.” This not-to-be-missed show presents the finest of sketches and songs over a 55 year history. Second City has launched the careers of such super stars as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. As the training ground and launching pad of such illustrious alumni, come see where it all began. Five decades of cutting edge satirical revues, always irreverent, fresh and fast, will capture your imagination and tickle your funny bone with comedy’s best and brightest.


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CAMERATA CHAMBER PLAYERS

Going for Baroque

(Classroom Building room 200)

Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm

Musical masterpieces from the Baroque Period will include compositions by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and others.


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NATIONAL PLAYERS

The Giver

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm

In a “utopian” future of sameness, young Jonas inherits an unusual career: to receive and keep the memories of his community’s past. Throughout lessons with his elder predecessor, The Giver teaches Jonas of love, war, and all of life’s unknown joys and pains. As his oppressive world continues unchanged, Jonas must decide whether to keep these secrets or upend his community. This modern classic explores the risks and rewards of a full life. The Giver speaks to all ages, and National Players is proud to produce it for the first time this year.


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BALLETS WITH A TWIST

Cocktail Hour

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 pm

Cocktail Hour reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. Shaken,not stirred, this pop-infused production combines the magnetism of Hollywood's Golden Age with a sleek twenty-first-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of charming, champagne-sparkling vignettes told through ballet. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy. “Witty and fantastic.” (The New York Times)


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CIRQUE-TACULAR

Snowkus Pocus

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 pm

This holiday season, partake in journey to a fantastic Winter Wonderland. Characters from The Nutcracker come alive as they juggle snowflakes and balance icicles. Marvel at the Ice Queen as she performs dazzling feats in her living snow globe. Feel the warm glow of winter's end as the aerial acrobatic snow ballet melts your heart. Magic abounds in the whimsical world that is Snowkus Pocus. Snow-y blow-y family fun to be enjoyed by ages 4 to 104!


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GRANDE ROMANZA

Scenes of Love and Romance from Opera, Operetta & Broadway

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 pm

Renowned for glorious operatic voices, Stefano and Nina Tanchietti, the magical tenor and soprano duo, portrays musical scenes of love and passion from the beloved favorites of Broadway, Operetta and Opera. With vocal virtuosity and spellbinding theatrical portrayals, they demonstrate extraordinary versatility in both dramatization and musicality. Fully staged scenes of choreographed and costumed duets, solos and dances will be presented. Larger than life, Stefano and Nina can fill any sized stage with their powerful voices, magical acting abilities, wonderful dance routines and romantic physical appeal. These exciting charismatic performers charm all.


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DANCEWORKS FOR CHILDREN

(Academic Arts Theatre - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm

This annual favorite is where children get into the action on stage. Great fun for all!

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RUSSIAN STRING ORCHESTRA

Around the World in 18 Stops

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm

Comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players, this assemble has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Its warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. “...From work to work, Rachlevsky drew from his players gleaming tone quality, finely nuanced timbres, carefully shaded textures and focused ensemble coordination. The vitality and expressiveness the players spontaneously poured into this work made it a jewel.” (The Washington Post)


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WALNUT STREET THEATRE

Last of the Red Hot Lovers (comedic play)

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 pm 

America in the 1960s, an era that encouraged LOVE, was populated by “Mad Men” and “Mod Women” trying to navigate the new normal. In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, true comedy ensues when a modern man in the hip sixties looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again…and again!


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RUSSIAN SEASONS DANCE

Celebration of World Dance

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Friday, March 17 at 8:00 pm

Internationally noted for this spectacular production, the company returns after 25 years to the United States. The world heritage of many global cultures is presented with authenticity and virtuosic brilliance. Highlighted will be the dance and music of: dazzling Broadway choreography, the athleticism of Cossack folk dances, the exuberance of Gypsy dance, the sensuality of Argentinian Tango, the intensity of Spanish Flamenco, and the intricate footwork of Irish dance. This is a breathtaking display of beautiful music, colorful costumes, and brilliant staging put together to make this evening of dance exceptional.


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DANCEWORKS IN PERFORMANCE

(Adacemic Arts Theatre - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 pm
Friday, April 7 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 pm

The college's electric and eclectic resident dance troupe presents programs that delight audiences of all ages!


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CAMERATA CHAMBER PLAYERS

Sonorous Classical Favorites

(Classroom Building room 200)

Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 pm

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of delightful classical music presented by the Camerata Chamber Players. Be entertained by time-honored compositions by Mozart and Friends.


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MAGIC OF MOTOWN

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm

Motown’s back with its era of unforgettable platinum recordings. This dynamic tribute spans more than a decade of Motown classics where every song is among the most recognizable and culture-defining in pop music history. The show features the great harmonies and choreographed dance steps of the Motown era, featuring a seven piece back-up band that is a show in itself. The musicianship is second to none and many of the players have backed up or opened up for many of the original Motown artists. Magic of Motown has toured both domestically and internationally in front of tens of thousands of people including the King and Queen of Denmark. This is an opportunity to relive or first experience such iconic music.


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NATIONAL PLAYERS

Hamlet

(Academic Arts Theater - Hankin Academic Arts Building)

Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 pm

Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, Hamlet is a philosopher's gold mine; but it's also a ghost story, a comedy, a thriller, and a seven-murder tale of revenge. For four-hundred years, audiences of all ages have been able to identify with this brilliant, troubled Prince as he copes with the loss of his father, his mother's re-marriage, and life's biggest questions. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and teenaged Hamlet, who seeks to uncover the source of the stench, struggles to discover what is real and what is illusion in his world turned upside down is. Hamlet is Shakespeare's most powerful and influential tragedy, ranking the Bard’s most popular.


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