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SUMMER SERIES: BROADWAY PRELUDES (2013)
The Town Hall has announced its 2014 Summer Season, a trio of unforgettable one-night-only events featuring music from some of Broadway’s most beloved songwriters, critically acclaimed musical performers, and fresh-faced talent on the brink of discovery. 

Friday, June 27 at 8PM 
American Premiere of 
COLE PORTER's 1928 musical revue 
THE AMBASSADOR REVUE  
Musical arrangements by VINCE GIORDANO 
Directed by KEN BLOOM and featuring VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA and special guests Monday, July 14 at 8PM
 

BROADWAY RISING STARS
Directed by SCOTT COULTER 
Created, hosted and written by SCOTT SIEGEL  
 

Thursday, July 17 at 8PM
MAESTRO BERNSTEIN: A play with music 
written and performed by HERSHEY FELDER 
Music and lyrics by LEONARD BERNSTEIN and others 
Directed by JOEL ZWICK 


Best Fest Film Series (2013)

The Best Fest Film Series featured a different renowned Film Festival each night.  

Directors and curators of festivals from around the globe will visit and discuss cinema in their respective countries and cities, talk about the history of their festivals, and present a celebrated film from their festival. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  

The Series will also welcome several special guest artists. Audience members will be given a rare opportunity to see outstanding films, learn about arts and film culture in international destinations, and experience the best and most exciting film festivals worldwide as introduced by Festival representatives.

Information about attending the participating festivals and visiting these exciting destinations will be provided at each screening.  

The festival featured Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) Slamdance Film Festival (Utah, USA)Havana Film Festival New York (NYC, USA)Animation Block Party (NYC, USA)International Film Festival Rotterdam  (Netherlands)Morelia International Film Festival (Mexico)True/False Film Fest (Missouri, USA)Play-Doc Film Festival (Galicia, Spain) First Time Film Festival (USA) and Busan International Film Festival (South Korea)

All dates were Mondays, except for Feb 18 (Tues) because of the holiday.

 


Just Words (2013) was a series of groundbreaking performances by masters of language and renowned spoken word institutions.  In a variety of exciting, thought-provoking shows, The Town Hall celebrated verbal expression and its boundless power to entertain and educate.

 


The Newish Jewish Music Festival (2013) will celebrate contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture and music with two concerts at Town Hall and additional programs and events at partnering venues. Festival events celebrate historic Jewish tradition while embracing the complex international influences found in contemporary Jewish culture. 

The NJMF concerts at The Town Hall are presented in association with World Music Institute. Other presenting venues include: Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Le Poisson Rouge, and City Winery.

Wednesday, March 19 at 8 pm
The Town Hall presented
WORLD PREMIERE
JOHN ZORN'S MASADA BOOK THREE: THE BOOK BERIAH

Sunday, March 23 at 5 pm
The Town Hall presented
THE KLEZMATICS present HAVANA NAGILA  
featuring ARTURO O’FARRILL, SOFIA REI,  LEWIS KAHN, REINALDO DE JESUS & OTHERS
  

Thursday, March 20 at 8pm 
City Winery presented
KEREN ANN


Friday, March 21 at 7:30 & 9:30PM
Lincoln Center presented
ANAT FORT 

Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
Lincoln Center presented
ORAN ETKIN – Reimagining Benny Goodman 

Sunday, March 23  at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
Lincoln Center presented
STEVEN BERNSTEIN'S DIASPORA SOUL

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Le Poisson Rouge presented
NINET TAYEB LIVE IN NEW YORK w/Yula and the Extended Family

 

 


Starry Summer Nights (2012)

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.

What the Critics Said …
Past Seasons

 


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.