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"In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe." The New York Times

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars….

Basement Jaxx (Live) plus special guests Masters at Work, The Internet, Fei-Fei

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Globally revered as innovators and leading lights of their genre, Basement Jaxx blew the lid off the dance music scene of the late ‘90s with their groundbreaking albums Remedy, Rooty, and Kish Kash. Having firmly established their place in the pantheon of dance music greats, the duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are back with Junto, a genre-hopping musical roller-coaster that showcases the band’s legendary inventiveness, irresistible songwriting and production smarts. Spanish for ‘together,’ the concept behind Junto is one of unity and soulfulness, fusing dance music’s sub-genres into one cohesive multi-flavored confection. …

Un Break à Mozart / The DASH Ensemble

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Un Break à Mozart was born of a desire to share – to create a dialogue through an encounter between France’s Centre Chorégraphique National (CCN) of La Rochelle/Poitou-Charentes and the Champs-Elysées Orchestra, two strongly typified artistic universes. On stage, ten musicians from the Orchestra, led by Philippe Herreweghe, respond to the ten hip hop dancers from choreographer and CCN Director Kader Attou’s dance company, Accrorap. Un Break à Mozart makes its way through Mozart’s unfinished work, “The Requiem,” arranged for strings by Peter Lichtenthal at the beginning of the 19th century. Having discarded the Latin text of the mass, this instrumental version of “The Requiem,” presented in the form of extracts, forms the basic structure of the performance. It provides a stage for the play of musical and choreographic resonances nourished by the worlds of the two companies for an original and promising encounter….

Classical Theatre of Harlem: The Tempest (Preview)

July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SummerStage and the Classical Theatre of Harlem proudly present William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Carl Cofield. This rendition of the famed play sets Prospero’s magical island on the enchanting island of Hispaniola, home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti – two tiny nations with storied battles for independence. With the characters of Ariel and Caliban representing the same longing for freedom and fighting spirit of Haiti, the play highlights the dynamics of freedom and captivity, imprisonment and rebellion, and authority and tyranny. Director Cofield describes the play as, “a theatrical gumbo, with an intricate blend of usurping villains, youthful romance, music, humor, conspiracy and sensitivity.”…

Classical Theatre of Harlem: The Tempest (Preview)

July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SummerStage and the Classical Theatre of Harlem proudly present William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Carl Cofield. This rendition of the famed play sets Prospero’s magical island on the enchanting island of Hispaniola, home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti – two tiny nations with storied battles for independence. With the characters of Ariel and Caliban representing the same longing for freedom and fighting spirit of Haiti, the play highlights the dynamics of freedom and captivity, imprisonment and rebellion, and authority and tyranny. Director Cofield describes the play as, “a theatrical gumbo, with an intricate blend of usurping villains, youthful romance, music, humor, conspiracy and sensitivity.”…

Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams with special guest the Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra / The Red Trouser Show / Batoto Yetu / Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Artists

July 5 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shine and the Moonbeams exploded on to the family music scene in 2011, bringing a brand new R&B sound to the genre and introducing the sounds of classic funk, soul, blues, and jazz music to enthusiastic children. They are singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist John Heagle, two New York musicians who have performed in varied genres from Musical Theatre to the circus. They combine their unique perspectives to create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty, and simplicity of youth. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2013 to much acclaim and excitement. With infectious rhythms, catchy melodies, and positively empowering lyrical themes stemming from Kemp’s experiences as a schoolteacher and mother,…

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