Lehman Center kicks off its 2013 season

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has embarked on its first-ever United States tour since the Cuban government eased travel restrictions on its citizens.

It’s scheduled to perform at the Lehman Center for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in what will be the ensemble’s only performance in New York City.

The performance will be “historic,” according to Lehman Center Executive Director Eva Bornstein, making it an emblem for the center’s 32nd season as a whole, which kicked off on Saturday with Michel Camilo’s Mano A Mano Trio and Tipica 73. Acts ranging from African drumming and Chinese acrobatics to Broadway shows and Russian ballets will also be featured at the venue between now and May 2013.

“This next season is about international attractions coming to the Bronx from around the globe,” Ms. Bornstein said. “Basically, we’re trying to offer as much variety as possible.”

Mr. Bornstein said the next notable event — Ballet Folklórico de México Amalia Hernández — is a “prime example” of the sort of diversity the Lehman Center is trying to encompass in its roster. The performance by the world-renowned company will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

International-themed performances will generally be held on weekends, so children are able to attend, Ms. Bornstein said. Tickets cost $10 for children 12 and under.

“We try to encourage parents to bring children so they become familiar with cultures around the world,” she said.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 718-960-8833 or go to www.lehmancenter.org.

Sunday,
September 23, 6 PM

BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MEXICO DE AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ballet Folklorico, one of Mexico’s most prestigious dance companies. 

Tickets: $45, $40, $25

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat.

Saturday, October 6, 8 PM

LOS VAN VAN

The pioneers of songo are back at Lehman Center after more than a decade since their last performance.  Juan Formell Y Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s most successful bands, will play Afro-Cuban, disco and funk.

Tickets: $50, $45, $30

Thursday, October 11, 8 pm

SEINFELD’S BACK

For the first time in 14 years, Jerry Seinfeld is presenting full performances of his signature stand-up comedy in New York City. Seinfeld will perform five stand-up shows – one in each New York City borough – on five Thursday nights this fall.

Seinfeld, a New York native, got his start as a comedian in the 1970s, but other than appearing at benefits and occasional short sets at local comedy clubs, he has not performed a full show in a city theater since his sold-out Broadway engagement, I’m Telling You For The Last Time in 1998, shortly after the final episode of his iconic TV show, Seinfeld.

Tickets: $89, $76

Saturday, October 13, 8 PM

JERRY RIVERA and TITO NIEVES

Two of Today’s Hottest Salsa Acts In One Night

He’s as beefy as a quarterback, but the only heavy hitting Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Jerry Rivera does these days is on the dancefloor.  He’s been one of the hottest young guns of salsa romantica since Cuenta Conmigo took off. More than 18 albums later he returns to Lehman Center to deliver hit after hit of his ten-year career including “Casi un hechizo,” “Amores como el nuestro” and “Ese.”

Tickets: $60, $55, $45

Saturday, October 20, 7:30 pm

DENNIS EDWARDS & THE TEMPTATIONS REVUE

John Dais will host this evening of classic soul featuring Dennis Edwards, Eban Brown, the lead singer of The Stylistics, Shirly Jones, from The Jones Girls, and the Fronics. DJ Andre Spence will be a special guest. 

Tickets: $65, $60, $55

Sunday, October 21, 4 PM

ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI

The Ultimate African Drum Experience

The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have performed in the same way for centuries, passing down traditions and techniques from father to son.  The New York Times described their show as “a constant parade of players improvised on the central drum, dancing to the rhythms, leaping or twirling drumsticks in the air or around their necks. It was all a celebration of ability, the sheer pleasure of competitive creativity, and – strikingly similar to what happens in a jazz jam session – more virtuosic than sentimental.”

Tickets: $30, $25, $15

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, October 27, 8 PM

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA

First Ever U.S. Tour of this Cuban National Treasure

The program will include George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” Ernesto Lecuona’s “La Comparsa” and “Symphony No. 5” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. 

Since its inception on 1960, the Havana Symphony has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.  Lehman will welcome them to New York City during their first, historic 21-city tour of the United States.

Tickets: $40, $35, $25 

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Sunday, November 4, 4 PM

THE NATIONAL CIRCUS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Performing Cirque Chinois Direct from Beijing

One of China’s most acclaimed and influential circus troupes introduces a spectacular new production for its inaugural North American tour — Cirque Chinois.  For nearly six decades, The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing its unique style of circus, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. 

Tickets: $45, $40, $25

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, November 10, 8 PM

SALSA PALOOZA

Featuring La India, Tito Rojas and Frankie Negrón

Salsa Palooza is back with three salsa giants who will perform hit after hit.

Tickets: $60, $55, $45

Saturday, December 1, 8 PM

SHAOLIN WARRIORS

In a fully choreographed theatrical production, the Shaolin Warriors showcase Kung Fu performed by disciples of the Shaolin School, known throughout the world for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess.

Tickets: $45, $40, $25                                                                              

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Sunday, December 9, 3 PM

A BRONX MESSIAH 

By Frideric Handel

Michael Spierman will conduct this production of The Messiah, which features the Bronx Opera Chorus, The Orchestra of the Bronx and Bronx residents reading the text aloud.

Tickets: $45, $40, $25                                                                                                             

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, December 15, 8 PM

PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA

Featuring Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares, Odilio Gonzalez, known as “el jibarito de Lares,” and José Miguel Class , known as “el gallito de Manatí”

This concert will bring the jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico to New York with three masters of the genre as they pay tribute to Felipe Rodríguez. Estampas de Borinquen, Estercita Figueroa and William Guzmán will also play.

Tickets: $45, $40, $25

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Sunday, December 16, 4 PM

THE ROMEROS Performing CONCERTO MÁLAGA

Classical guitar fans will revel in this opportunity to hear the so-called “royal family of the guitar” play. 

Tickets: $40, $35, $25

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, January 12, 8 PM

PAUL RODRIGUEZ

Paul Rodriguez’s career spans over two decades and includes starring roles and featured appearances in more than 40 films and countless television series and comedy specials. 

Tickets: $45, $40, $25

Saturday, January 19, 8 PM

ULTIMATE DOO WOP

Featuring Kenny Vance and The Planotones, The Dubs, Herb Cox and The Cleftones, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs and Barbara Harris and The Toys.

Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Show Returns to Lehman’s stage for another Night of  oldies. Doo Wop’s leading singers and musical groups will offer a sing-along evening of classic hits.

Tickets: $50, $45, $35

Saturday, February 2, 7 PM

AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR

This choir is comprised of 20 children from Kenya and Uganda who have lost one or both parents to poverty, war or AIDS. It has been going for more than two decades, and all the funds it raises go back into providing children with an education.  Their performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa; featuring more than ten languages, unique cultural dancing and uplifting gospel music. Tickets: $35, $25, $15

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, February 9, 8 PM

A CHORUS LINE

In an empty theatre, 17 performers audition for a chance to dance on Broadway.  A Chorus Line follows them as they sing and dance through tryouts. The musical won  nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

Tickets: $45, $40, $25

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Saturday, February 16, 8 PM

CHINA NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The program includes the first movment of “Requiem for the Earth” by Zia Guan, “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Pyotrllyich Tchaikowski and “Symphony No. 7 in A Majory, Op. 92,” by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Founded in 1956, the China National Symphony Orchestra has spent the last half century promoting Chinese symphonic works to audiences across the globe while introducing Chinese audiences to orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers. 

Tickets: $40, $35, $25 

Children 12 and under, $10 any seat.

Saturday, February 23, 8 PM

CHARLIE ZAA

Charlie Zaa has achieved recognition interpreting the style of the romantic bolero and has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide. After years of absence, Mr. Zaa returns to deliver his brand new studio album De Bohemia to all his fans. 

Tickets: $99.50, $65, $55, $45

Saturday, March 2, 8 PM

FOREVER FREESTYLE 7

Speedy and Sal Abbatiello will host DJ Lucho.

Tickets: $60, $55, $45

Saturday, March 9, 8 PM

RICHIE RAY & BOBBY CRUZ

This group also features José Alberto El Canario and Ray Sepulveda. Special guests include Alfredo De La Fe and Jimmy Bosch

Tickets: $50, $45, $30

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