The Egg, the Empire State Plaza’s Performing Arts Center, offered a preview of its 2013-14 season Wednesday night at a fundraising event that was also a celebration of the Center’s 35th anniversary.
The season is highlighted by many of the performing artists who have been regular visitors to The Egg in the past as well as a new free summer series and the continuation of its “New York Living Legacy” project which explores the artists and events that have had a major impact on the performing arts in New York state.
The new “Made in the Shade of The Egg” summer series begins June 26 with a performance by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, the center’s resident dance group. The free performances will be held on consecutive Wednesdays at noon through Aug. 7 in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market hosted by the Office of General Services. In addition to contemporary dance, the series will include performances of classical, jazz, folk and Indian music with artists including Trio Pastorale, Skip Parsons, Maria Zemantauski, the Ramblin Jug Stompers and Veena & Devesh Chandra.
The Egg’s “Dance New York” series will begin in October, with a performance by Camille Brown & Dancers and continue with works by the companies of Mark Morris, Aszure Barton, Ellen Sinopoli and Paul Taylor. Taylor will be the focus of a “New York Living Legacy” tribute that will celebrate the iconic choreographer’s 60 years as a dance maker. In addition to a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in May, the Taylor 2 company will be in the Capital Region for a three weeks in the spring performing classic works at The Egg and other venues.
More dance performances will be included in The Egg’s “Rhythm International” series, which will include a show entitled “Tango Fire;” a performance by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble; concerts by British guitarists Richard Thompson and Steve Hackett; and “Guitar Passions,” which showcases guitarists Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lumbabo.
The Egg’s “Family Wonders” series will include dramatizations of stories by Eric Carle, Leo Leonnini and Michael Rosen, as well as The Zucchini Brothers Holiday Show and the New York Theatre Ballet in “Cinderella’.
The Egg’s “American Roots & Branches” concert series includes performances by Joshua Redman, Roger McGuinn, The Temptations, Regina Carter, Jane Monheit, Frank Vignola and others.
The American Roots & Branches and Dance New York series will combine for a special event on December 28 featuring master jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and his band – Don Byron (clarinet, saxophone), George Colligan (piano) and Jerome Harris (bass).
The Center also announced that it will be hosting the annual New York State Presenters Conference in the fall which will feature free performing arts showcases by New York state touring artists and is coordinating the “New York Banjo” tour – which will visit 11 venues in October.
For more information, visit www.theegg.org