Exciting, Star-Studded Arts Season for Queens’ College Kupferberg Center: Audra, Cyndi, Barbara, Valerie, Ballet, and More
By: Ellis Nassour
Get there any way you can – auto, train, bus, or hitchhike, because Kupferberg Presents, the entertainment hub at Queens College, has an incredible season of top-tier world-class megastar power lined up for its 2013-2014 season. There’ll be artists from Broadway; a pop, rock, and now Broadway legend; the unparallel master of the world of Sondheim and the American Songbook; the field of jazz and international ballet. This is an incomparable season with something for everyone, including a holiday season event or the family, and at the most affordable prices. All performances begin at 8 P.M., except where noted.
The season kicks off October 5 with the incomparable Broadway legend and multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald, acclaimed star of the recent revival of Porgy and Bess, in her only New York area performance this Fall. $30-$89, Colden Auditorium.
On October 18, the much-acclaimed Bale Folclorico da Bahia, the incredibly-colorful troupe of 25 dancers, singers, and musicians from Northern Brazil will enthrall. $29 – $59, Colden.
Pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper, and now Broadway composer [the smash hit, Kinky Boots] brings her She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour to her hometown of Queens [Ozone Park] where she’ll perform her debut album in its entirety on October 20. That includes the album’s breakthrough four Top-5 hits from this incredibly versatile Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artist and all-around superduper gal. $35-$125, Colden.
Headlining on December 8 at 7:30 P.M. in an outstanding family musical extravaganza are the Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, performing holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Special guest appearance, direct from the North Pole, by Santa Claus. During the concert finale, there’ll be the traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long. $50-$100, Colden.
A fantastic holiday gift for music lovers will be on December 14 with the legendary Valerie Simpson of the innovative and award-winning R&B due Ashford and Simpson. $39-$75, LeFrak Concert Hall.
Ring the New Year in on February 8, with an additional performance on February 9 at 3 P.M., with the acclaimed Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s leading Latino contemporary dance company, fueled by passion, energy, and theatricality. $39-$59, Goldstein Theatre.
Plan ahead because Valentine’s Day, February 14, will headline magnificent song stylist, symphony artist, and stunning Broadway star Christine Andreas, praised by The New York Times as "a gorgeous theatrical soprano with a quicksilver vibrato that can make any romantic ballad seem loftier than it deserves," in her Love is Good concert, accompanied by Martin Silvestri on piano. Audiences might expect songs from her poignant Edith Piaf tribute. $38-$59, LeFrak Concert Hall.
Closing the Kupferberg Presents season, and you’d best book tickets ASAP, is one of the most celebrated artists and theater legends in American entertainment, Grammy and Tony-winning recording and concert artist Barbara Cook performing outstanding and mesmerizing selections from the American Songbook as well as the Stephen Sondheim canon. $45-$69, Colden.
Funding and support for Kupferberg Presents is provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens College/CUNY, New York Community Bank, and the Max and Selma Kupferberg Foundation.
Individual tickets for all performances are on sale now and available online at www.KupferbergPresents.org or at the Colden Auditorium box office [hours are Noon –
6 P.M. Monday through Thursday and one hour before events]. Season subscriptions are still available online. These provide access to choice seats and member benefits. There’s also a savings of 10% if you order three or more concerts. The Queens College campus is located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing. Onsite parking is available. It’s located off the L.I.Expressway at Exits 23and 24; and serviced by Bus Lines Q25-34, Q44, Q64, Q17, and Q88.