If you love how SPAC‘s unique venue blends nature and performance into one harmonious experience where, for a few hours, the lines blur between the onstage, fairy-filled forests of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the real-life forests of one of New York’s most beautiful state parks, then you’re going to adore the new SPAC On Stage series.
What is SPAC On Stage?
The innovative new programming series SPAC On Stage proposes to bring the entire audience on stage with the performers.
We’ll say that again, because it bears repeating: SPAC On Stage literally brings you on stage with the performers.
The series is scheduled to take place on four consecutive Mondays in August: August 7, 14, 21, and 28 with an on-stage seating capacity of 300 (so act quickly to get your tickets when they go on sale May 3, because availability is limited!).
“The success stories of the dynamic groups we’ve chosen for SPAC on Stage underscore the importance of cross-genre thinking in the performing arts. Today’s audiences are craving fresh artistic experiences, not only in content, but also in presentation,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC, in a statement. “In developing SPAC on Stage, our goal was to meet both of these demands. Positioning audiences onstage for this series will offer them a unique, visceral experience – a connection with the performance unlike anything they have experienced previously.”
Who Will Perform at SPAC On Stage?
Called “one of the best jazz bands in New York City” by Forbes Magazine, this group adds a hip, modern twist to the more traditional sounds of speakeasies, cabarets, and jazz halls. The group is led by band leader and pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol. The ensemble of powerhouse musicians – complete with their very own tap dancer – will bring the music of jazz legends alive. Experience jazz as the musicians do with this unique opportunity to sit on stage!
This string trio, comprised of double-bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Nicholas (Nick) Kendall and Charles Yang, defies traditional genre classification. Performing everything from Bach to the Beatles to Bluegrass to Britney Spears, this trio plays originals and their own arrangements of popular songs. Sit among them on August 14 as they take you on a musical journey with their incredible talent and showmanship.
These performers combine classical, hip-hop, and R&B to national and international acclaim. Having performed at three Super Bowls, President Obama’s 2013 inaugural festivities, and in countries as far away as the UAE and South Africa, this group is a must-see and must-listen. Black Violin’s unique, genre-bending performances are the perfect programming for this new SPAC On Stage series.
The New York Times praised Tiempo Libre for their “dance music of sophistication and abandon.” You will have the chance to abandon yourself to their joyous mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of R&B on August 28. This performance will highlight music from their Grammy-nominated album “Bach in Havana”, which connects the rhythm and sensibilities of Afro-Cuban music with the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach.
How to Get Tickets to SPAC On Stage
Tickets will go on sale at www.spac.org on May 3. Tickets will cost $40 or $50 depending on location and are limited to 300 seats per performance.