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Starry Summer Nights

On the heels of The Town Hall’s critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year® and Broadway Cabaret Festival comes a new series of exceptional vocal concerts. Town Hall’s Starry Summer Nights will make your July evenings sizzle with incredible Broadway music and more! 

 


Feature Film Seminar Series (1998-2012)

This series was introduced in 1998 and has since become an audience favorite. We screen pre released studio and independent films followed by a discussion with people affiliated with the film. Offered on a subscription basis only, the Film Series has sold out every year. Due to the high demand for membership we have been forced to create a waiting list, which is very exciting for us! The series, which runs from February to June, offers ten films, with two bonus films if you sign up prior to November. Film series members also receive a membership card with discounts for various neighborhood restaurants.

Our host is is the author/critic Scott Siegel who leads the guests through an entertaining and informative Q&A session. Producers, directors, actors, writers and other developers connected with the film have appeared as part of the series. They offer behind-the-scenes stories, intimate discussions and details of the filmmaking process. Among past guests were such names as Peter Bogdanovich, Stanley Tucci, Phyllis Newman, Michael Shamberg, Peter Gallagher, Mary-Louise Parker, Jean Doumanian, Rob Morrow, Louise Lasser, Fred Schepisi, and Jill Sprecher.

The Town Hall Feature Film Seminar Series has proudly showcased independent, foriegn films, and documentaries. Several of of the studio films have gone on to national acclaim, those have included: Calendar Girls, The Notebook,  A Mighty Wind, Enigma, Songcatcher, Erin Brockovich, Center Stage, The Other Sister, Election, The Red Violin, The Mask of Zorro and United 93

 


Broadway Cabaret Festival

The Town Hall presents the annual Broadway Cabaret Festival!  All Broadway Music! All Broadway Stars! in October. Experience an extravaganza of Broadway talent in three extraordinary cabaret concerts spread now over three unforgettable weekends. From classic favorites to contemporary Broadway, from our newest stars to our venerated icons, this is the Festival New York theatre fans have been waiting for.  Subscribe now! You'll not only have the best deal, you'll also have the best seats in the house! See upcoming season for more details. The series is created, written, and hosted for The Town Hall by Scott Siegel

 


NOT JUST JAZZ (1998 - 2009)

Tracing the roots of jazz and suggesting directions for its future, this highly acclaimed series is an exciting blend of jazz, blues, prose, poetry, film and dance. From ethnic explorations to radical swing, from beat poetry to dance influences, Not Just Jazz does it all.

Since its inception in 1988, Town Hall has presented such legendary acts as Cassandra Wilson, Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Allen Ginsberg, Don Cherry Quartet, David Amram, Bill Cosby, Lionel Hampton, Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Lounge Lizards, Steve Reich, Robert Lockwood, Paquito d’Rivera, Meredith Monk, Tito Puente, Mose Allison, Fred Hersch, Bill Irwin, Richard Move, The Persuasions and The Conga Kings.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON OPERA SERIES (1999- 2002)

What began as a series focusing on traditional European operas evolved into a forum for South American and Latin flavored works. When we began our collaboration with Uruguayan maestro Pablo Zinger  in 1999, we enjoyed continued success with our Latin classical opera series. Mr. Zinger - a renowned expert on the subject - conducted, directed and accompanied all of our zarzuelas and operitas. Productions included Cecilia Valdes, Maria La O, Maria de Buenos Aires, Pueblo Joven and El Barberillo de Lavapies, all of which received large audiences and critical acclaim from several of the city's major publications. Most of these were New York City or American premieres.

Recognizing the need for these types of performances, Town Hall became a "home for the zarzuela". We were breathing life into smaller Latin works that otherwise would not have the kind of exposure they deserve. We are virtually the only institution in New York City that was presenting a series of this kind on an annual basis.

Past Seasons

 


WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE (1998-2004)

There are as many styles of music and dance as there are lands, cultures and people. This series, begun in 1998, offered audiences a musical travelogue, exploring music, dance and heritage from various points on the globe. They were able to discover the roots of indigenous music, learn the meanings of songs passed down through generations, understand ethnic rituals and life celebrations, and watch how a dance tells a story. From sensual belly-dancing to the passions of Tango, from vigorous step-dances to the rhythms of tap, this series had something for everyone.

What began as a series focusing on traditional European operas evolved into a forum for South American and Latin flavored works. When we began our collaboration with Uruguayan maestro Pablo Zinger in 1999, we enjoyed continued success with our Latin classical opera series. Mr. Zinger - a renowned expert on the subject - conducted, directed and accompanied all of our zarzuelas and operitas. Productions included Cecilia Valdes, Maria La O, Maria de Buenos Aires, Pueblo Joven and El Barberillo de Lavapies, all of which received large audiences and critical acclaim from several of the city's major publications. Most of these were New York City or American premieres.

Recognizing the need for these types of performances, Town Hall became a "home for the zarzuela". We were breathing life into smaller Latin works that otherwise would not have the kind of exposure they deserve. We are virtually the only institution in New York City that was presenting a series of this kind on an annual basis.