L.I. Composers Alliance Presents
Iktus in Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 8 - "Artists you won't want to miss"
Photo by David Adamcyk
L.I. Composers Alliance Presents Iktus in Winter Solstice Celebration
Time Out New York: "Artists you won’t want to miss"
The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) will present Iktus Percussion in Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the William and Mollie Rogers Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium.
Throughout history, cultures have attached great significance to the Winter Solstice – from the rebirth of sun gods to life-death-rebirth rituals. Come celebrate with LICA, Iktus and other performers in a high-spirited concert accompanied by intriguing imagery – celestial, mythical, mystical – projected onto the 60-foot Planetarium dome.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62 plus) and students with ID, $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door or make reservations by calling the Vanderbilt at 631-854-5579.
Time Out New York: "...artists you won’t want to miss."
The New York Times: Iktus is "a smartly paced master class in versatility and range."
The program will open with Laurence Dresner’s composition Swagatam ("Welcome"), based on a theme from the mythical Waziri tribe. The piece has been updated for more contemporary tastes (and instruments) and is accompanied by celestial images of winter skies. Among the nine compositions by seven composers will Dana Richardson's Winter Solstice One for tenor saxophone, marimba and drum. This rock- inflected multimedia celebration of the great wheel of the seasons focuses on the solstice as its centerpiece.
About Iktus Percussion
Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. The group features an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Piero Guimaraes, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, and has commissioned more than 50 new works for percussion by noted composers.
With an exciting and diverse repertoire, Iktus has performed at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, The Tank, and Trinity Church. Iktus has been appointed to several residencies including SUNY Purchase College, CUNY Brooklyn College, and at Stony Brook University. As performer-educators, Iktus also has hosted concerts and master classes in numerous public schools and universities. Visit iktuspercussion.com
About Long Island Composers Alliance
LICA is devoted to creating, promoting, presenting, recording and preserving the best original, contemporary music by composers living and working on Long Island. Visit licamusic.org.
Reichert Planetarium Opens New Shows:
The Longest Night, Season of Light
Opening Saturday, November 23
Reichert Planetarium Opens New Shows: The Longest Night, Season of Light
Opening Saturday, November 23
The Vanderbilt Museum’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium will premiere two new seasonal shows for children and families – The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale and Season of Light, on Saturday, November 23.
The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale, by the University of North Carolina’s Morehead Planetarium and Space Center, represents a new advance in full-dome planetarium video storytelling that seamlessly combines live-action video of life-sized puppets with 3-D animation. This timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal follows a young girl’s quest to save her village. The show will run through February 4 on Saturday nights at 8:00 and on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.
Season of Light, created by Loch Ness Productions, explains the astronomy of the winter skies, and explores the historical, religious and cultural celebrations of the holiday season. The show will run Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. (Showing through February 4.)
The video looks at why humans are so fascinated with lighting up their lives during the winter holiday season. The program explores the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem". Included are the historic, religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — Christian ,Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.
"Toys Take Over Christmas"
November 30 through Sunday, December 29
Photo by Frederic De Feis
Arena Players: "Toys Take Over Christmas"
The Arena Players Children’s Theater will present The Toys Take Over Christmas, opening Saturday, November 30, at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Carriage House Theater. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – through Sunday, December 29.
In the story, a toymaker uses his magic to make dolls that are most realistic. But he refuses to sell any of them. One Christmas Eve, they all come to life and find their way into the hearts of children.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and children under 3 are free. For further information and to make reservations, call Arena Players at (516) 293-0674.
Arena Players: Terror Times Three
Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater: November 29-December 22
Terror Times Three cast: John Wolf (left), Charles Calabrese, Judith Anderson and Brooke Turner
Photo by Frederic De Feis
Arena Players: Terror Times Three
November 29-December 22
Arena Players Repertory Company will present Terror Times Three, opening Friday, November 29, at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Carriage House Theater. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
The production, which runs through Sunday, December 22, features three exciting plays that challenge the imagination and provide theatergoers with thrills and chills: The Claw, The Monkey’s Paw and Lithuania. The cast includes Joe Kassner, Brooke Turner, John Wolf, Charles Calabrese, Judith Anderson and Jason Felipe.
Tickets are $20 on Friday and Sunday, $25 on Saturday. For reservations or further information, phone (516) 293-0674. Visit www.ArenaPlayers.org.
The Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY, and is fully accessible to the handicapped.
Arena Players Repertory Theatre is a non-profit company funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, and individual contributions.
L.I. Filmmakers Create Video
on Traveling Astronomy Classroom
Unique Education Program Supported by National Grid Foundation
Vanderbilt science educator Tom Rico and students in the Traveling Classroom
L.I. Filmmakers Create Video on Traveling Astronomy Classroom
The Vanderbilt, with the partnership and support of the National Grid Foundation, is taking science and astronomy education on the road with a mobile classroom, Traveling Classroom: Discovering the Universe.
The Traveling Classroom — which allows students to explore astronomy with five, hands-on, interactive stations – is the subject of a new video produced by The Majors Productions, a group of Long Island filmmakers. Housed in a 37-foot customized recreational vehicle, the Classroom is a gift to the Vanderbilt from the American Museum of Natural History, which also developed the curriculum for the successful astronomy and astrophysics program.
The Majors Productions earlier this year created a promotional video for the Vanderbilt and its newly renovated and newly named Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium. That video, and a brief 30-second version of it, can be viewed on the Vanderbilt’s website at these links:
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Live Shows in Reichert Planetarium
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Rock ‘n' Roll Returns to Vanderbilt Planetarium!Every Friday and Saturday Night
Stunning New Classic, Alternative Shows
New Planetarium Rock Shows Premier Beginning September 6-7
The Vanderbilt Planetarium will rock again! On Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, the Planetarium will premier two new, breathtaking, full-dome, rock music shows – classic and alternative – on the 60-foot dome of the newly renovated and technologically updated William and Mollie Rogers Theater.
David Bush, the Planetarium's technical and production coordinator, said "The shows have a variety of artists, and each song has an original sequence of mind-blowing visual sequences as well as planetarium special effects."
The Full-Dome Alternative Rock Show will be offered Friday nights at 9:00. Some of the bands include Nine Inch Nails, Beck, 311, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Muse and Smashing Pumpkins. The Full-Dome Classic Rock Show is on Saturday nights at 9:00. Among those on the lineup are Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Doors.
Lance Reinheimer, interim executive director of the Vanderbilt Museum, said, "The Planetarium theater is the perfect venue for a full-immersion visual and musical experience that is almost as exciting as being on stage with the actual rock and roll band."
Tickets: $9 for adults, $8 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $7 for children 12 and under.
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