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Spring at the Schimmel

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No April foolin’—come check out some great shows this spring at the Schimmel including the return of “Dance Out Loud,” West African rockers, and more.

With spring finally at our doorstep, celebrate the return of warm weather by getting out and going to some shows at the Schimmel. This month the Schimmel hosts Nigerien musicians, the celebration of an influential Chilean musician, and a silent film with a brand new accompaniment on organ. Consider April a treat for your ears. Here’s what’s coming up this month at the Schimmel:

Rock & Roll Africa: Tal National
Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Hugely popular West African rockers Tal National hail from the small West African nation of Niger which is home to Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg people, all of whom are represented in the group. The band, on indie-rock label Fat Cat, is fronted by Almeida’s powerful voice alongside guitar and percussion-driven grooves that are bursting with fiery energy.

Dance Out Loud
Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Pace School of Performing Arts’ own Rhonda Miller, Dance Out Loud is a diverse dance concert starring the BFA Commercial Dance students of Pace Performing Arts. If you enjoy all genres of dance then you will love Dance Out Loud.

Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra
Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.
The New York debut of Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra showcases Parra's songs of struggle, defiance, and triumph, which were the basis for Latin America’s "New Song" (Nueva Canción) movement that had a tremendous influence on music and politics around the world and influenced generations. This program features Chilean artists whose music is deeply influenced by Parra, with styles ranging from nueva canción to rock and pop, and shouldn’t be missed!

Clara Bow in It Silent Films with Live Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model
Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn's own Clara Bow stars in this iconic flapper story from the Roaring 20s. Clara plays Betty Lou, a young woman who works at a big department store and falls in love with the boss's son. She tries to fit in with society, to impress him and win his heart. The film was inspired by the best-selling book, It, published in 1927 and written by Elinor Glyn, who appears in the film to explain to all (in titles) that "To have 'It', the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes..." Keep an eye out for a very young Gary Cooper in a bit part as a newspaper reporter.

The Pajama Game
Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography (Bob Fosse), The Pajama Game is a musical sex farce that pits a factory labor strike against the budding love affair between Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent, and Babe Williams, the Grievance Committee. Featuring well-known standards such as Hey There, I'm Not at All in Love, and Hernando's Hideaway, along with a stunning recreation of Fosse's classic number Steam Heat, The Pajama Game gives a fresh, fun, and surprisingly contemporary look at the classic man versus woman dynamic.

Patti Lupone
Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.
A Broadway superstar for more than 30 years, Patti LuPone is a two-time Tony Award Winner (Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Evita and Gypsy); Olivier recipient (Best Actress in a Musical for Les Miserables), and a two-time Grammy winner (Best Classical Album, Best Opera Recording for Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). Accompanied by a five-piece band, she’ll be delivering thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters including Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, Frederick Hollander, and even the BeeGees!

Don Quixote
Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This delightful ballet is based on the famous story of Don Quixote, the visionary who tilts windmills and sees beauty where others see only squalor. On his chivalrous quest for love, he finds the lady of his dreams when he happens upon Kitri, the spirited daughter of the town’s innkeeper. But the fetching peasant girl is at first too busy sparring with Basilio the barber to take any notice of the errant knight’s declarations of courtly love. As romantic misadventures ensue, dusty Spanish streets and festive visions of toreadors and gypsies provide the backdrop for this enchanting farcical balletic romp.

VOCE: Rising Opera Stars in Recital Featuring Heidi Melton (soprano) with Pianist John Parr
Sunday, May 17, at 3:00 p.m.
The young American dramatic soprano has been called "the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson" (La Press), a voice that is "big, gleaming and tonally resplendent" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Ben Vereen in Concert
Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m.
The legendary Ben Vereen has claimed the stage as his first love and passion—so he’s taking his one-man concert to Schimmel! Few entertainers are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen, best known for his theatrical roles in Pippin, Wicked, and many more; join him as he covers many of the musical highlights of his, and performs a one-man concert with a three-piece live music back-up. 

Tickets for staff and faculty are $10 (Use code: PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted ticket.) and can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visiting the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit