Knickerbocker Showstoppers

Japan’s celebrated pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins the Knickerbocker Orchestra and Fred Barton celebrates Gentlemen Prefer Blondes composer Jule Styne with Broadway stars. Here’s what’s on stage at the Schimmel this weekend!

The Knickerbocker Orchestra Featuring Harumi Hanafusa
Friday, March 8
7:30 p.m.
Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa, who’s played with orchestras all over the world including the Goteborg Symphony in Sweden, Orchestra Lamoureux in France, Czech Philharmonic Sextet, and Symphony Orchestra of Osaka in Japan, joins Lower Manhattan’s own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra to perform Maurice Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G and the American premiere performance of Akira Nishimura’s “A Shaman.” Also on the program, music by Bela Bartok and the world premiere performance of Knickerbocker Orchestra Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s Suite from Kurt Weill’s “Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny”.

American Showstoppers: An Evening with Jule Style Featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra with Stars from the Broadway Stage
Saturday, March 9
7:30 p.m.
Noted arranger and producer Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country and on TV shows including The Magic School Bus, Olivia, Magic Pets, and Eureeka’s Castle, is bringing his 10-piece orchestra back to the Schimmel! This time they’ll celebrate Gypsy, Funny Girl, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes composer Jule Styne, the last word in Broadway and Hollywood tour-de-force songwriting.

Join Fred, his orchestra, and stars of the Broadway stage as they bring you an evening of great music and performances. Tony Award nominees Pamela Myers, who played Marta in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, and Vivian Reed, who starred in Bubbling Brown Sugar, Marie Christine, and various other musicals and films, are just a few of the talented performers who will take on the late Jule Styne’s work. Also starring Patrick Boyd, Tari Kelly, Damon Kirsche, Jesse Luttrell, Nora Mae Lyng, and Karen Murphy.

$5 students available for purchase the day of the show after 12:00 p.m. for both shows. $10 staff/faculty tickets are also available. For more info, visit http://schimmel.pace.edu.