Staller Center kicks off its 2020 Season with world-class contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC on February 8 at 8 pm. Named “the company of the future” and called “one of the most talked-about [dance] companies” by The Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high-caliber work and palpable love of dance.
Back with an all-new show for 2020, Drum Tao will showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming on February 15 at 7 pm. The 2020 Season continues with the annual Gala on March 7 at 8 pm. Two of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies and Tony Award winners, Kelli O’Hara and Sutton Foster, will perform together for the first time on the same bill on Staller’s main stage.
On March 14 A Cappella Live! takes the main stage in a high-energy musical celebration of contemporary a cappella, conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon, vocal producer of Pitch Perfect. By combining four vocal ensembles, it’s guaranteed to appeal to all ages, spanning a wide range of music with something new happening at every turn.
Next up on the main stage, the Russian National Ballet will perform Giselle on March 21 at 8 pm. Giselle is a romantic ballet, a tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. It is among the earliest of the 19th century classical ballets performed by major ballet companies. With achingly beautiful music, brilliant choreography by Marius Petipa, and passion-filled dancing under the direction of the legendary Elena Radchenko, this classical ballet will captivate you from beginning to end.
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones will celebrate its 30th anniversary on the main stage on March 28 at 8 pm. Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened original pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten for the occasion.
On April 18 at 8 pm Diavolo will perform on the main stage. Finalist in America’s Got Talent, Diavolo | Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.
Rounding out Staller’s main stage events, The Doo Wop Project will perform on May 2 at 8 pm. The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Starting with groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos, The Doo Wop Project covers the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to today’s musicians.
Staller Center’s winter/spring season also features classical music concerts with the Emerson String Quartet, renowned artists including Carol Wincenc, flute; Colin Carr; cello; Alan Kay, clarinet, along with dozens of concerts performed by Stony Brook’s world-class Music Department students. In addition, the season includes a Spring Film Series on Long Island’s largest screen, the Live From the Met in HD Opera Series and the National Theatre Live presentation of The Audience, with Helen Mirren.
Spring Season At-a-Glance
Saturday, February 1, 12:55 pm
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Met Opera Live in HD Click for video
Saturday, February 8, 8 pm
BODYTRAFFIC Click for video
Saturday, February 15, 7 pm
Drum Tao 2020 Click for video
Saturday, February 16, 3 pm
The Audience London’s National Theater with Helen Mirren Click for video
Saturday, February 29, 12:55 pm
Agrippina Met Opera Live in HD
Saturday, March 7, 8 pm
Gala 2020: An Evening with Kelli O’Hara and Sutton Foster Click for video
Saturday, March 14, 7 pm
A Cappella Live Click for video
Saturday, March 21, 8 pm
Russian National Ballet in Giselle Click for video
Saturday, March 22, 12:55 pm
Der Fleigende Hollander Met Opera Live in HD
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Click for video
Saturday, April 11, 12:55 pm
Tosca Met Opera Live in HD
Saturday, April 18, 8 pm
Diavolo Click for video
Saturday, May 2, 8 pm
Doo Wop Project Click for video
Saturday, May 9, 12:55 pm
Maria Stuarda Met Opera Live in HD