Staller Center will be welcoming an eclectic mix of artists to its Main Stage Theatre and Recital Hall this fall—from top jazz players that make up the SFJAZZ Collective, the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, dancers and singers in the Bollywood show, The Merchants of Bollywood, to Galumpha, an award-winning troupe of children’s entertainers and acrobats, as well as a nightclub cabaret with clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski.
Two special performances on the Staller Center Main Stage are The Merchants of Bollywood on Saturday, October 30, at 8:00 pm and a concert by Katharine McPhee, a singer-songwriter-actress who attracted fans as a singing sensation on American Idol (Season Five). “Kat” McPhee appears at Staller Center on Sunday, November 7, at 7:00 pm.
The Merchants of Bollywood from Mumbai, India, brings original music and choreography from the biggest Bollywood movies past and present. Dancers in more than 1,000 glittery costumes and jewelry bring to life a tale inspired by the life of Vaibhavi Bhavi Merchant, the musical’s choreographer, and based on the true story of Bollywood’s famed Merchant family dynasty of filmmakers and choreographers. High-octane music and authentic classical Indian dance are mated with Western dynamics of disco, acrobatics, hip-hop, and jazz interspersed with genuinely comic interludes.
Fall Season at a Glance
Emerson String Quartet: October 21, 8:00 pm
SFJAZZ Collective: October 23, 8:00 pm
Merchants of Bollywood: October 30, 8:00 pm
Starry Nights at Staller Center: November 4, 8:00 pm
Katharine McPhee: November 7, 7:00 pm
Suzanne Vega: November 13, 8:00 pm
Ken Peplowski: November 20, 8:00 pm
Galumpha: November 21, 4:00 pm
Emerson String Quartet: November 30, 8:00 pm
For information and tickets, visit www.stallercenter.com or call the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS.
Other opportunities for music lovers include the Metropolitan Opera HD Live at Staller Center. All the excitement of a live Metropolitan Opera comes to the big screen in Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre, in high definition with Dolby Digital surround sound. For the schedule and tickets, visit stallercenter.com.
University Art Gallery
The exquisite space of the University Art Gallery in Staller Center perfectly showcases the work of professional artists as well as students and faculty. Two shows are planned for the fall. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stallercenter.com/gallery.
The 2010-11 fall exhibition schedule includes Faculty Exhibition 2010, from September 15 through October 23, and Fredric Roberts, “Images of India,” from November 10 through December 11. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
A variety of movies screen during the school year for campus and community on Friday evenings, including award-winning foreign and independent films as well as films that may have had a limited theatrical release. A low-cost film pass can be purchased for the complete semester’s movies. Single tickets to movies are also sold through the Box Office and online. Films are scheduled for screenings from October 22 through December 10. Film Passes will go on sale on or about September 20.