The Schimmel Theatre is back and better than ever with its 2013-2014 Pace Presents season. Now in its third year, Pace Presents will bring you new series including Voce at Pace, showcasing rising opera singers, and Acoustic Underground, featuring up-and-coming singer/songwriters. In addition, a gypsy swing festival, tango, rock and roll, breakdancing, flamenco, ballet, hip hop, Japanese drummers, art history, The Nutcracker, and much more are on the schedule.
And it all starts on Saturday, September 21, as Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, the world’s only big band dedicated to performing the lost space-age pop music of Juan Garcia Esquivel, takes the Schimmel stage. Led by Mr. Ho (Brian O’Neill), the group has rescued the king-of-space-age-bachelor-pad’s arrangements via meticulous by-ear transcriptions of Esquivel’s recordings, which were known for exploiting the new sound called “stereo” of the 50s and 60s. The ensemble—an experimental big band augmented with atypical roles such as slide guitar, four singers, B3 organ, and three percussionists—recreates the Hollywood, easy Latin, crime jazz, and bachelor pad sounds of mid-century living room hi-fis live on the Schimmel stage.
See what the WSJ calls “deliciously demented and entertaining in equal parts” and what Pace Presents student blogger describes as “the Jetsons taking their yearly trip to Miami, lounging around the art deco inspired pool while Rosie the robot wheels on by to deliver a tropical mai tai complete with a tiny paper parasol.”
$5 student balcony tickets are available for advance purchase at the box office. Student rush orchestra tickets are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance (subject to availability). All student tickets are cash sales only. For more information, visit http://schimmel.pace.edu.
And that’s not all—to get you going back to the future, Pace Presents and the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival are sponsoring the Esquivel Photo Contest. To participate, take a photo of yourself or a friend dressed up in your best 1960s lounge outfit. If you are using an Instagram filter on your photo, make sure to include the hashtag: #esquivelphotocontest. Then post your image to the Pace Presents Facebook wall along with a caption reading “Esquivel Photo Contest” by Monday, September 16. The photo that best personifies Esquivel’s 1960s bachelor pad sound will win a pair of tickets to the concert, as well as a signed copy of Mr. Ho’s The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel. For more information on the contest, check out the Schimmel blog at http://schimmelblog.com/?p=535.