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Cultural Center

Joseph G. Astman Cultural Events

Outside of the THE JOSEPH G. ASTMAN INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES

The Joseph G. Astman International Concerts are presented in loving memory of
Dr. Joseph G. Astman, founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center. Dr. Astman was a humanist, a cultural comparatist and an international scholar. These concerts are made possible with the support of Dr. Astman's family.

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For tickets and information, contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

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  • Fall 2017

    JOSEPH G. ASTMAN CONCERT

    The Hevreh Ensemble

    Hevreh Ensemble

    Thursday, October 26, 8 p.m.
    The Hevreh Ensemble presents original compositions by group member and composer Jeff Adler on dozens of instruments from around the globe as a way to help promote cultural identity, exploration, spirituality, tolerance and world peace. The works include elements from classical, jazz and world music. Since its founding in 2004, Hevreh has toured throughout the United States and Europe, meeting with audience and critical acclaim for its passionate performances and inspiring programming. Recent highlights of the ensemble’s U.S. touring include performances at Hofstra University, Hudson River Museum, Museum of Tolerance New York, Newport Music Festival and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, while a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation allowed the group to tour Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Abroad, the ensemble has appeared in Austria (Vienna), the Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg, Munich), the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Poland (Krakow). For this performance, Hevreh is honored to welcome two distinguished guest artists: George Farmer, double bass, and Yousif Sheronick, percussion.

    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

    Related Event:
    Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27
    Conference: Culture and Identity Configurations: Reflections on the 21st Century
    For more information, please visit hofstra.edu/identitysym.


    MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP

    Ventura

    Friday, November 10, 2:55-5 p.m.
    Exploring Giuseppe Verdi’s Enduring Legacy: Through Spoken Word, Music and Film Screening: In the Mouth of the Wolf (In Bocca al Lupo) Unseen for over 50 years

    August Ventura, author and filmmaker, explores the world of traditional opera in articles and lectures and through the medium of documentary film. An ardent devotee of the life and works of Giuseppe Verdi, he has trained his sights on this “enduring legacy,” which, in the words of Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, “remains a mighty force for continuing good.” To investigate how the composer’s 27 operas have served as an agent of social and political change, Ventura created an initiative he calls “27” The Verdi Documentary Film Project, with particular emphasis on the community of Parma, Italy – known for its fierce connection to the art form – where Verdi is rightly venerated.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Verdi
  • Spring 2017

    JOSEPH G. ASTMAN CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
    Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, With Songs
    Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with live piano accompaniment by Hofstra alumnus Dennis Nelson, Class of 1986

    Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

    This roller-coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of "Ol' Man River." Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th century's most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling tour de force.

    This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Presented in conjunction with the symposium Performing Politics: Embodying Advocacy.

    Paul Robeson, photo by Yousuf Karsh

    JOSEPH G. ASTMAN CONCERT
    Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.
    The Bronx Opera Company
    Michael Spierman, artistic director presents
    Opera-in-Concert
    A partially staged production of

    Falstaff

    By Giuseppe Verdi
    In his 80th year, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) wrote his comic masterpiece, Falstaff, along with librettist Arrigo Boito. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, with scenes from Henry IV, Parts I and II. Sir John Falstaff, the chubby, cowardly, bawdy, bragging, sack-drinking, lying, licentious yet loveable everyman, attempts to solve his monetary problems by romancing two married women to gain access to their husbands’ wealth. Watch as the female characters band together to outsmart Sir John and others who stand in the way of a happy ending.

    The Bronx Opera Company, under the direction of Maestro Michael Spierman, brings Falstaff to life in this opera-in-concert performance sung in English outstanding professional singers, with piano accompaniment.


    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    For more information, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
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    Falstaff
  • Fall 2016

    Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.
    Singing at the Guru’s Court: Sacred Hymns From the Sikh Tradition

    Dr. Francesca Cassio, Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University, will perform sacred hymns from the Sikh tradition (late 15th-early 18th century). On this occasion Dr. Cassio will be accompanied by Parminder Singh Bhamra and Nirvair Kaur Khalsa, who will respectively play medieval instruments such as the drum pakhawaj and the bowed taus.

    Concert presented in conjunction with Traditions in Transition: Intangible Heritage in South and Southeast Asia symposium.

    For more information on symposium, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669

    Singing at the Guru’s Court: Sacred Hymns From the Sikh Tradition

    Friday, November 18, 2:55 p.m.
    The Music of Brazil Concert

    Directed by Alejandro Avilés and Shawn Lovato, Department of Music, Hofstra University.

    Explore the unique and original musical history of Brazil with a multicultural concert featuring a panorama of musical groups, native instruments and repertoires from the Brazilian, Indian, and Jazz music traditions.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Related Event:
    Wednesdays, September 14-November 16, 4-5 p.m.
    The Music of Brazil Workshops

    The workshops are FREE and open to all students and members of the community.
    All instruments and all levels welcome.
    Room 020 New Academic Building

    The Music of Brazil Workshops
  • Spring 2016

    Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series
    Spring 2016


    Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m.
    Songs of Resistance:
    Protest Music and Dance From Around the World

    Songs of Resistance

    Join Hofstra's Department of Music and the Hofstra Cultural Center as we explore songs and dances that have inspired, motivated and brought together individuals to fight injustice, to rally around a cause, or to demand a better life. The performance features Hofstra student dancers and musicians, ensembles from Hempstead High School and invited internationally acclaimed South African a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

    … From enslaved Africans' cries for freedom to the struggles for civil rights in the Americas, in Apartheid South Africa and in Tiananmen Square; … from oppressed workers' demand for better wages and working conditions to immigrants' longing for economic and social justice; … from these silenced souls pour forth SONGS; these shackled bodies erupt into DANCE. This concert celebrates their voices.

    This performance is made possible by a generous grant from the D'Addario Music Foundation (D'Addario Music Appreciation Initiative), Hofstra University Department of Music and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

    Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Students under 16 receive one free ticket. Group rates are available. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.

    For tickets and more information, visit HofstraTickets.com or call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.


    Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
    The Blooming Garden of Beauty

    Songs of Resistance

    Experience a full immersion into the world of classical Japanese dance and music, with a Kabuki performance by Sachiyo Ito and Dancejapan. The performance will be followed by a Q&A on women in Japanese arts, with participants Francesca Cassio, PhD, Hofstra University, and Patricia Welch, PhD, Hofstra University.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center


    Wednesday, May 4, 8 p.m.
    The Bronx Opera Company

    Cinderella

    Michael Spierman, artistic director presents
    Opera-in-Concert
    Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

    by Gioachino Rossini
    This delightful comic opera will be performed in English.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student; $10 group rate (10 or more); One free ticket for student under 16 (with ID); Two free tickets for Hofstra faculty/staff/student (must pick up ticket(s) and present current HofstraCard at Box Office) For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or purchase online at Hofstratickets.com. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door by cash or check only, starting 60 minutes prior to show time.

    For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

  • Fall 2015

    MASTER CLASSES

    Audience interaction for both Master Classes is limited to Hofstra students.

    Friday, October 16, 2:55 p.m.

    Hevreh Ensemble

    The ensemble performs original contemporary American compositions by group member and composer Jeff Adler. The works are often inspired by themes of religious and racial tolerance, World peace and environmental sustainability, and combine classical, jazz and world music elements. The wide and varied instrumentation includes the innovative use of Native American flutes, along with oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, world percussion, piano, keyboard and shofar. The ensemble has performed widely throughout North America and has also presented concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. Most recently, the ensemble performed for the Newport Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island and toured the Netherlands and Germany. This master class features Hofstra adjunct music professors Judith Dansker and Laurie Friedman-Adler.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe  Lecture Center

    For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 516-463-5444.


    Wednesday, November  11, 5 :30 p.m.

    Italian American Experience Lecture Series Hofstra Celebrates Sinatra with Jerry Bruno Interview 

    Master Class with Jerry Bruno, bass D’Addario Foundation Visiting Artist and legendary musician who played and toured with Frank Sinatra.

    For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669

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  • 2014/2015 Academic Year

    SPRING 2015

    Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series
    Presents the

    The Bronx Opera Company with Michael Spierman, artistic director performing concert excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro
    Wednesday, April 15, 8 p.m.
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    This insightful and lively comedic opera was composed by  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . It premiered in Vienna in 1786.

    $12 General Admission
    $10 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID
    Students under 16 recieve one free ticket; $8 group rate (15+)

    Two free tickets with current faculty/student/student HofstraCard

    For tickets and information please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-5669

    The Marriage of Figaro

    FALL 2014

    Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series
    Music From Around the World

    The Taiko Masala Drum Ensemble*
    Friday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m.

    Founded by master drummer Hiro Kurashima, the ensemble combines the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts with the precision and power of complex drumming.

    *Presented in conjunction with the Hofstra Cultural Center conference Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences
    Main Dining Room, Mack Student Center

    Taiko Masala Drum Ensemble

    Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.
    Lecture and Demonstration: Women in India: Music and Culture
    Professor Rita Ganguly, New Delhi, India Professor Rita Ganguly is an authority in the fieldvof semiclassical Indian music, with particular reference to the romantic repertoire performed by female artists. She is the foremost disciple of the legendary Ghazal singer Begum Akhtar, and she will be at Hofstra to share her memories and her music.
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

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    Professor Rita Ganguly

    Friday, November 14, 7 p.m.
    Gamelan Kusuma Laras performing The Spirit of Gamelan
    Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra based in New York City that performs music, dance and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The orchestra was formed 30 years agoto study and present Indonesian performing arts to American audiences. Kusuma Laras has entranced music and dance lovers in the United States and in Indonesia with its authentic performances on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World's Fair of 1964-65 in New York.
    Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID.
    Tickets on sale beginning October 14, 2014

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11a .m.-3:45 p.m.

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Gamelan Kusuma Laras

    Monday, November 17, 7 p.m.
    Lecture: Sacred and Secular in the Sikh Musical Tradition
    Dr. Virinder S. Kalra, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester, UK
    How does the sacred/secular opposition explain itself in the context of musical production? Through the deconstruction of the sacred/secular opposition, Dr. Kalra explores the relationship of religion and music to wider questions of religion and politics. Its postcolonial approach brings Asia into the Western sacred/secular opposition, and provides a set of analytical tools — a language and range of theories — to allow further exploration of non-Western religious music.
    Presented in collaboration with the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
    For more information, please email Francesca.Cassio[at]hofstra.edu.

    Sacred and Secular in the Sikh Musical Tradition