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2011-12 Staller Center Season Announced

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, performing at Staller Center on October 15.

Tickets are now available for Staller Center’s live performances for the 2011-2012 season. There is something for everyone in every genre, as well as an extraordinary opening night this year. On Saturday, October 15, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the duo of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, will perform on the Main Stage.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s concert complements Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace, a special exhibit coming to the University Art Gallery on Staller Center’s first floor. The exhibit, a New York premiere, will be on view from September 6 through October 15.

The upcoming Staller Center season also includes:

Music
Music offerings are a centerpiece of the Staller Center season, as is the Gala for 2012. Staller Center presents Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth in an intimate night of Broadway and cabaret favorites, Bebe Neuwith: “Stories with Piano,” March 10, 2012. The multi-talented actress is best known for her roles in Sweet Charity, Chicago, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family and as Lilith on Cheers.

The Emerson String Quartet’s chamber music performances bring the world’s outstanding quartet to the Staller Center Recital Hall. Dates for the Emerson concerts are October 20, 2011; February 8, 2012; and March 15, 2012. The Emerson is the esteemed quartet-in-residence at the Stony Brook University Department of Music.

A musical marathon that follows in the footsteps Pablo Casals and Yo-Yo Ma is planned. All of the unaccompanied Bach cello suites will be performed by Colin Carr, artist-in-residence and professor in the Department of Music, on April 21 and 22, 2012.

Outstanding jazz performers have long been part of Staller Center’s offerings, thanks to sponsorship by Renaissance Technologies. The jazz programs include Debby Boone in “Swing This,” October 22, 2011; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (original line up), November 12, 2011; Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers, January 29, 2012; and the Grammy award winning a cappella jazz ensemble, New York Voices on April 14, 2012.

Also in the musical mix: Suzy Bogguss brings her American Folk Songbook to Staller Center, including tunes by Stephen Foster and folk classics (November 6, 2011); Starry Nights at Staller Center (November 17, 2011 and February 28, 2012) are eclectic classical concerts by world-renowned artists and faculty in the Department of Music. Tapestry (December 4. 2011), a vocal ensemble of women and instrumentalists perform “The White Rooster,” a Buddist-influenced piece, and “Song of Songs,” interpretations of the Biblical text. The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™ with original members from the West End run in London comes to Staller Center on February 26, 2012.

A Leahy Family Christmas on December 10, 2011, brings the family of talented fiddlers and step dancers to Staller Center for Celtic melodies and traditional Christmas carols.

Dance
Staller Center dance performances include a full range of styles and audience favorites. Parsons Dance/East Village Opera Company perform on Saturday, October 29, 2011, in “Remember Me,” a love story that features the lead vocalists of the Grammy-nominated rock opera band and the legendary dancers of David Parsons’ troupe. Pilobolus, the physically daring company known for imaginative choreography, performs February 4, 2012.  On February 17, 2012, champion ballroom dancers bring theatrical dance to the stage with Burn the Floor, a Broadway show that had a record-breaking run and worldwide tour.

A critically acclaimed ballet company, the Royal Winnepeg Ballet, brings a story about the French dance hall to life with “Moulin Rouge the Ballet” on the Main Stage, March 17, 2012. TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming brings percussion and choreography together in an athletic performance of precision, energy and stamina on March 25, 2012.

Comedy
Stand-up comedian Sinbad comes to Staller Center on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Sinbad has many long-time fans, and the comedian is back on television in a reality show this season, Sinbad It’s Just Family, on the WEtv network.

“Not Just for Kids”
Shows presented by Bank of America, a supporter of the “Not Just for Kids” programs, include: Squirm Burpee Circus: Handsome Little Devils (November 13, 2011), a four-person circus in a vaudevillian melodrama; Stand Up 8 (February 12, 2012), theatrical circus acts where the young men and women share the trials of becoming performers; John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (March 4, 2012), a glow-in-dark musical puppet show; and Magic of Lyn (May 6, 2012) performed by America’s premiere female illusionist.

For tickets and more information, visit stallercenter.com or call the Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS.

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