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Fall Highlights at Staller Center

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StallerFallStaller Center begins its season with a full spectrum of entertainment, from jazz and dance to classical music, radio theater, and family-friendly children’s shows on the Main Stage and in the Recital Hall. The season opens with the critically acclaimed jazz group, The Tierney Sutton Band, performing jazz standards on Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 pm in the Recital Hall.

The Classics

Broadcasts of live Metropolitan Opera performances (Met Opera in HD) begin Sunday, October 11, with Tosca at 1:00 pm on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre and continue with eight more operas through May. The renowned Emerson String Quartet plays a Tribute to Haydn and Mendelssohn on Tuesday, October 13, at 8:00 pm. The program includes The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn and String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 by Mendelssohn. Outstanding classical music offerings this fall also include the Emerson String Quartet again on Thursday, December 3, in a program of music by Ives, Janacek, Barber, and Shostakovich. Staller Center is also privileged to bring an evening of Schubert Trios performed by David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer to the Recital Hall on Friday, November 6. Music on an Autumn Night on Wednesday, November 11, will feature Gilbert Kalish, piano; Colin Carr, cello; Alan Kay, clarinet; and Frank Morelli, bassoon, along with other Stony Brook artists.

NY Premiere of “Danzon” by Luna Negra Dance Company

On Saturday, October 24, the New York premiere of Luna Negra Dance Theater’s “Danzon” will have the acclaimed clarinetist Paquita D’Rivera and The Turtle Island Quartet accompanying the dance company as they present dynamic Latin-flavored choreography. Turtle Island and D’Rivera have collectively won 11 Grammy Awards.

After working with artists from all over the Latino world and investigating the myriad of cultural influences that make up Latino culture, former artistic director Eduardo Vilaro is returning to his own roots for Luna Negra Dance Theater’s 10th Anniversary season with this creation. In partnering with Turtle Island Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera, Vilaro is taking this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinventing it as a modern work of art.

Old-Time Radio Recreated: “War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World”

On the night before Halloween, Friday, October 30, at 8:00 pm, L.A. Theatre Works recreates H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds,” exactly 71 years from the very date that the 1938 radio broadcast was made.

Campy and fun, “The Lost World” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also on the double bill.  Television actors Tom Virtue, Josh Clark, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, and stage actors Kenneth Alan Williams, Peter McDonald, Diane Adair, and Kate Steele are in the cast. Star Trek alum John de Lancie is directing this superb team of actors, who will be in costume in front of microphones for this trip back in time.

More November Choices

Circo Aereo, a theatrical circus from Finland making its first U.S. tour, will perform on Friday, November 13, at 8:00 pm in “Espresso.” This cirque-style cabaret is a “theatre without words” and has received critical acclaim throughout Europe.

A night of blues and soulful rock is in store with Joan Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, and Paul Thorn on stage on Sunday, November 15, at 7:00 pm. Osborne’s first hit single was “One of Us,” and she has toured with the Dixie Chicks and sang lead with the Grateful Dead among her many credits. Her latest CD is Little Wild One. The Holmes Brothers mix roadhouse rock with gospel fervor. Their recent CDs are Simple Truths and State of Grace. Mississippi heartland singer Paul Thorn recently released the hit, “A Long Way from Tupelo.” Each of these masterful musicians will have a set and then play together.

A dance company known for its incredible staging, the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company brings the charm of Ukrainian folk dancing to Staller Center on Saturday, November 21, at 8:00 pm. 85 dancers and musicians will fill the stage.

As part of the Not Just for Kids shows, Michael Cooper in “Masked Marvels” performs on Sunday, November 22, at 3:00 pm. The fine art of the masks created by Cooper are integrated into a show both madcap and sublime.

For more information, visit or call the Box Office at 632-ARTS.

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