The Harlem School of Arts puts on a performance using materials from our warehouse!
” The Harlem School of the Arts announced today that it will produce its annual Holiday Show in December. Two identical performances of the show, “Holidays in Harlem: A Global Celebration” will take place in The Gathering Space of the School, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, on Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18, 2010. Both shows will begin at 7:00pm.
More than one hundred students from the dance, music and theater departments will participate in ensembles and scenes which will take the audience on a journey around the world to locales suggested by a set designed by the visual arts department. Dance students will transport the audience to India with an evocative work choreographed by faculty member Keisa Parrish and set to indigenous chant. Faculty member Hattie Mae Williams has created a Brazilian work for the Children’s Dance Ensemble (ages 8-12), and ballet teacher Cynthia Shipley brings to life Tchaikovsky’s beloved Russian ballet The Nutcracker featuring the ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ and ‘Snow’(created with colleague Corey Phillips). The professional Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, which is in-residence at The Harlem School of the Arts, will offer the Chinese movement segment. College Prep dancers Nicole Hines and Juan ‘Manny’ Perez will perform a duet, and Nya Lovell will perform a solo work on the program, as well.
Music students will offer holiday selections ranging from a performance by the youngest Suzuki violin students prepared by Elektra Curtis-Stewart to Bernard Phillips’ Flute Choir which will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Zawinul and Debussy, and including Steven Oquendo’s Jazz Ensemble’s performances of Donny Hathaway and John Coltrane’s music. The flute and jazz ensembles are admission by audition-only, and include some of The Harlem School of the Arts’ most advanced musicians.
Theater Department students will perform original holiday scenes created under the direction of long-standing faculty member, Willie Teacher. Open enrollment students (children under twelve years of age) will perform a dramatization of a popular holiday poem directed by Cherrye Davis. College Prep actress Cydnii Jones will perform an original spoken word piece written by Ms. Davis at both the HSA holiday show and in the tree lighting celebration sponsored by the Friends of St. Nicholas Park on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 5:00pm.
The visual arts students will create the set which will be designed by the HSA Visual Arts College Prep students. Sets and costumes will be created with materials available through the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Materials for the Arts program, an economical and environmentally sound way of managing the visual components of the program. Technical Director Derrick Minter and Sound Engineer Alon Solé-Zier will oversee the technical aspects of the production.
“Holidays in Harlem: A Global Celebration” will be showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center on the afternoon of Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 1:30pm as part of the Center’s Saturdays at the Center Events. In addition to HSA’s thirty-minute preview, an art marketplace and workshop will be open to the public.
For more information on “Holidays in Harlem: A Global Celebration,” please visit www.harlemschoolofthearts.org. Tickets are available for purchase beginning on November 23, 2010 by calling (212)926-4100, or in person at the School. Tickets are $10 if purchased before December 17, 2010 and $12 for tickets purchased on performance days. Tickets for Seniors and Students are available for $10 each.
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Holidays in Harlem: A Global Celebration: December 17 and 18, 2010 at 7pm.”