Tuesday, August 6, 2013


For those of us who had been attending performances at Queens Theatre In The Park...better known as "QTIP"...Jeffrey Rosenstock was running the show as the Executive Director.   It was only a few years ago that he retired.  Well, at least I thought that he retired from that type of work.  It appears that Jeffrey has been working for another performance venue along with Artistic Director Leon Denmark.  For those of us who had been attending performances at Colden Center...the name had changed, but not to protect the innocent.  It is now the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts named after a long time alumni couple.

There has been some recent renovations and the whole center looks fabulous.  The front of the building that houses the Colden Auditorium now has a box office on the outside as well as one one in the lobby, which looks great, as well.

As a student, I recall a theatre and one that I never got to be on the stage of as I had no interest in the particular plays that were being performed.  The theatre and communications wing had what was called, "The Little Theatre".  Then there was Colden Auditorium where, twice,  I was one of the master of ceremonies for an entertainment contest.  Although I was amazed at seeing such a large audience, I wasn't nervous.  What I particularly loved about this venue was the acoustics.

The Goldstein Theatre, as it is now called, did not have the greatest acoustics but had, and still has, all of the tech that Broadway theatre has including an orchestra pit.  So, here's the thing. It's called,
Kupferberg Presents the entertainment hub of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

The  2013-14 Season features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts and family
programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus
locations to  the 2.2 million residents of New York City's most diverse borough. 

KCA is comprised of eight partner organizations including Kupferberg Presents, the Aaron Copland
School of Music, the Godwin-Ternbech Museum, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens College Art Center, Queens College Department of Drama, Theater & Dance, and the Queens College Evening Reading Series. www.KupferbergPresents.org 

What's the lineup?  Here's a sneak peek as the season opens with Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess on Broadway), who will be joined onstage by a jazz ensemble for an intimate evening of song, on Saturday, October 5th at 8p.m.

Next is a special one night only performance by Bal√© Folcl√≥rico da Bahia, the dynamic 25-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers, often cited as the best dance company in Brazil.  Performing a repertoire based on “Bahian” folklore dances of African origins, this explosive display of dance, music, drama, and color comes to the Colden Auditorium on Friday, October 18th at 8 p.m.

So here's the 411 from Kup. 
AUDRA MCDONALD: Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 PM –  Colden Auditorium
BALE FOLCLORICO DA BAHIA: Friday, October 18 at 8:00 PM – Colden Auditorium
CYNDI LAUPER “She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour”: Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 PM – Colden Auditorium
VALERIE SIMPSON: Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 PM – LeFrak Concert Hall
BALLET HISPANICO: Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 PM – Goldstein Theatre
CHRISTINE ANDREAS: Friday, February 14 at 8:00 PM – LeFrak Concert Hall
BARBARA COOK: Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 PM – Colden Auditorium

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