SHAKESPEARE, SPECTACLE & SYMPHONIC
MUSIC KICK OFF THE 2015-16 SEASON
Redfern Arts Center announces a spectacular 2015-16 season of wide-ranging performances such as Symphony NH celebrating the works of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein; a multi-media spectacle in three acts, created by choreographer Yanira Castro and influenced by imperial ballets in the courts of Louis XIV; and Aquila Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s renowned tragic love story Romeo and Juliet.
The new season, which runs from September 2015 to March 2016, brings a variety of dynamic events that are at turns appealing, provocative, and sometimes downright hilarious.
Highlights include comic book adventures brought to life on the big screen with live actors in The Intergalactic Nemesis; Obie Award-winning stage and film star Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) offers a powerful and riveting portrait of an icon of American history in his rhythm-driven performance of Rodney King; and award-winning American Modern Ensemble makes their Keene debut celebrating New Hampshire composers. Read more about the new season.
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2014-15
THE SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY ON SEPT. 10 started with a reception in the lobby featuring artwork, costumes and puppets by the Art and Theatre and Dance departments. It included dance performances by KSC student Abbie Brown (center) and Adele Myers and Dancers along with classical music played by KSC student and faculty musicians including (right) Marica Lehninger, violin and Maura Glennon, pIano. Watch a party video montage.
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA opened the 2014-15 season on Sept. 26 with a
Latin Jazz concert New York City Salsa style with audience members dancing in the aisles. Before the show KSC Music Professors José Lezcano (center) and Julian Gerstin talked about the history of Sala and Latin Jazz. SHO musicians stayed after the concert to talk with patrons and sign their recently released fifth CD. A KSC student said "the show was really energetic and really exciting."
Take a look at the action.
ADELE MYERS AND DANCERS explored the sense of imbalance and risk in Einstein's Happiest Thought on Oct. 8.The multi-media dance performance was preceded by two movement workshops and followed by a post-show discussion about the dance. An audience member commented on the Redfern's Post-It Wall that the dance performance was "absolutely amazing". Watch the movement.
City Council Meeting, performed participatory democracy, brought students and community members to the stage on Oct. 29 where they became the mayor, city councilors, and concerned citizens for the evening. The theatrical performance was surrounded by numerous free activities including a Long Table Discussion (center) and a humorist talk about town meetings by author Rebecca Rule (right). After the show, a patron said "It was very eye-opening." See what City Council Meeting was all about.
The Phantom of the Opera became even spookier with the original music of Alloy Orchestra on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Patrons came in costume for a post-show party in the lobby where a Horror Film Poster exhibit was on display courtesy of the KSC Film Archives. A KSC student described Alloy's original movie soundtrack "as wonderful." Watch a video montage.
Howard Fishman (left) and his band performed The Basement Tapes Project, an evening of Bob Dylan's underground music on Nov. 5. There was a pre-show Dylan Listening Party and after the rockin' concert Fishman signed CDs and talked with patrons.One concert-goer said, "I grew up with Bob Dylan, that was phenonmenal." Catch the beat.
The British ensemble Voice performed in concert for the first time with a dancer Candice Salyers (center) and were also joined by the KSC Concert Choir in a program of love-inspired songs on Feb. 4, 2015. The Voice trio said that the Redfern Arts Center and Keene State gave them a memorable start to their second U.S. concert tour. See Voice Perform at the Redfern.
There were many activities surrounding The Dogs of Rwanda performance by Sean Christopher Riley on Feb. 11. Members of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Department and the Cohen Center participated in pre-and post-show discussions about genocide and how these atrocities inspired Sean to write the play.
Watch what happened.
Double Edge Theatre presented several theatre workshops and classroom programs during their residency at the Redfern that concluded with a Feb. 18 performance of The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century). See all the activities.
Vanessa Trien and her lively band the Jumping Monkeys had the youngsters moving to the music during a Feb. 28 family concert followed by making musical egg shakers in the lobby. See everyone move to the music.
Robert Moses Kin Dance Company performed Nevabawardapece and three other contemporary dances on March 25. A Trivia Crack Contest with questions about American protests movements tied in with the theme of the signature dance. After the show, dancers answered audience questions about how they experience dance. Watch RMK move.
Los Angeles multi-media artist Miwa Matreyek presenting a stunning performance April 8 interacting as a shadow in two of her own animated productions This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure. See what words can't describe.
MEMBERS GET BIG REWARDS. Redfern Circle Members receive 10%, 15% or 20% discounts based on level of membership purchased. Click here to learn how to become a member.
ALUMNI RECEIVE A BREAK. KSC Alumni receive a $5-$10 discount on Redfern tickets with a valid Alumni ID. Just show your alumni card at the box office.
DINNER AND A SHOW. Enhance your evening at the Redfern Arts Center with a delicious meal in Keene before the show! The Redfern is partnering with five local restaurants – Elm City Brewing Company, Fireworks in Keene, McCue's, Nicola’s Trattoria, and The Pub – to offer a 10% meal discount for ticket holders on the night of each performance. Just present your Redfern ticket to any of the five locations listed below to receive the discount.