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STALLER CENTER 2021-22 SEASON

 

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SPRING 2022

 

*Please note, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Russian National Ballet - Cinderella,
previously scheduled for February 22, 2022 has been cancelled.

 

Emerson String Quartet

Wednesday,  January 26, 2022 7PM

Recital Hall

The internationally renowned and award-winning Emerson String Quartet features Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker on violin, Lawrence Dutton on Viola, and Paul Watkins on cello. The Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world's premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades and serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.

One of your last chances to see The Emerson String Quartet! “The Emerson String Quartet, known for its energy and nuance, will retire in 2023 so its members can pursue solo projects.” - The NY Times

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Complexions Dance

Saturday, February 5, 2022 8pm

Main Stage

Following a historic year of isolation, racial reckoning, fear, and love, Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to the Staller Center with pieces of dance that dive into the layers of this time. Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, this “game-changing” ( The Guardian ) company redefines the medium of contemporary ballet.  This never-before combined program includes WOKE, inspired by recent headlines, employs the music of Kendrick Lamar, Logic , Drake and others to convey a message of social consciousness, and  LOVE ROCKS, set to the music of Lenny Kravitz.

Inventive, emotionally satisfying and just plain joyful, the dancers of Complexions are utterly transfixing.

-Billboard Magazine

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Rent

Thursday, March 3, 2022 7pm 

Main Stage

For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Whether you’ve never seen RENT or have completely lost count, you can’t miss it this time around – the 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your FINAL CHANCE to experience this celebrated touring production.

“Today I wake up to a new version of myself. I will be magnificent. I account for the losses of yesterday, but today? Today is alive. There’s no tragedy in that.” - Rent

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Gala 2022  |  featuring   Emanuel Ax  -  Leonidas Kavakos  -  Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday, March 12, 2022 8pm 

Main Stage

World-renowned musicians Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma unite to perform an evening of Beethoven trios. The only two performances of this featured trio in 2022 will be held at Carnegie Hall and the Staller Center for the Arts.

Regular tickets are sold out.  Become a Gala Supporter!   Make a donation to secure your premium gala seats that include a reception and a contribution to support the arts at stallercenter.com/gala.

"Chamber music playing doesn't get any better than this" – The Chicago Tribune.

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The Hot Sardines

Saturday, March 19, 2022  8pm 

Recital Hall

These mischief-makers of hot jazz have been described as “potent and assured” by The New York Times and “simply phenomenal” by The Times (London). “Everything in our DNA is about connecting with the audience. That’s where we feel most at home,” says co-leader Elizabeth Bougerol, about playing live with the eight-piece band that includes one wildly percussive tap dancer. “That’s where jazz lives,” adds pianist and bandleader Evan Palazzo. “In the playing, in sharing that experience, in coming together to create a moment that won’t happen again.”

 

"The Hot Sardines perform jazz in an irreverent yet soulful fashion as it was played in the era when live music was king... with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion."

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Starry Nights - Spring

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 7pm

Recital Hall

The Starry Nights concerts at Staller Center have become a well-loved tradition, with artistic director Colin Carr creating unique chamber music programs that bring together world-class musicians from the Stony Brook University Department of Music.

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Viva Momix

Saturday, April 2, 2022 8pm 

Main Stage

Known internationally for presenting works of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. Each production focuses not only on the beauty of the human form, but also the beauty of nature, music, scenography, and life itself.  Each show takes you into a surreal and fantasy world, allowing you to dip your toes into the stream of unconsciousness. VIVA MOMIX boasts their greatest hits, and is perfect for all ages and all occasions. Children will love the fun and magical props and costumes, parents will appreciate the subtle beauty in the imagery, and young couples will see the romance in a simple duet.

 

"40 years of endless innovation … with nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 40 years."

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The Queen’s Cartoonists

Saturday, April 9, 2022 7pm 

Recital Hall

The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from both classic cartoons and contemporary animation. Their performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy. Behind the project is the goal of presenting a concert for everybody - regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, and modern animation, up close and personal in the Staller Center's intimate Recital Hall!

"A tour-de-force of the Swing Era’s zaniest and most creative music, written and or adapted for classic cartoons."

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Emerson String Quartet

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 7pm 

Recital Hall

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. “With musicians like this,” wrote a reviewer for The Times (London), “there must be some hope for humanity.” The Quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine GRAMMYs® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award. The Quartet collaborates with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet form alive and relevant. 

P rogram featuring Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ and Beethoven: op. 132.

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Carol Wincenc

Thursday, April 21, 2022 7pm 

Recital Hall

Hailed "Queen of the Flute" (New York Magazine) at the outset of her now brilliant 50-year career, flutist Carol Wincenc delights audiences with her signature charismatic, high virtuosity and deeply heartfelt musicality.   A proud member of the both the Stony Brook University and The Juilliard School faculty, she has mentored and graduated countless flute stars.  Carol has appeared as soloist with major symphonies, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.

"Virtuosity on this order of magnitude is remarkable." -Newark Star Ledger

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David Sedaris

Friday, April 22, 2022 8pm 

Main Stage

David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. While beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris has also been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. There are over 16 million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 32 languages. In March 2019 he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2020 the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years.

Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.

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The Doo Wop Project

Saturday, May 7, 2022 8pm 

Main Stage

Tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical , expect the collected talent of The Doo Wop Project to knocks your socks off.

"The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!"

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