Exciting events around New York September 2021

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

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BIGGIE: I GOT A STORY TO TELL

Thursday, September 9 at 7:30 pm

Location: Putnam Triangle Plaza (22 Putnam Ave)

Every legend has an origin story. Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., remains one of hip-hop’s—and Brooklyn’s—most beloved icons, renowned for his distinctive flow and autobiographical lyrics. This documentary celebrates his life through rare behind-the-scenes footage and the testimonies of his closest friends and family, revealing a side of Biggie Smalls that the world never knew.

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Sun & Sea

September 15 – 26

Location: BAM Fisher

Tickets: $25

By Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė

“a remarkable achievement”
—The New York Times
“astonishing”
—The Guardian
“Surreal as it is profound”
—BBC
“a revelation”
—Artnet

Step into a sunny day by the sea. This theatrical installation stunned audiences at the 2019 Venice Biennale, earning its all-female creative team the much-coveted Golden Lion. It comes to BAM for its US premiere, transforming the Fishman Space into a crowded beach. Sunbathing characters offer up a range of seductive harmonies and melodic stories that glide between the mundane, the sinister, and the surreal. From the sprawling tapestry of their lives emerges a piercing exploration of the relationship between people and our planet, brought to life by 13 vocalists and 25 tons of sand.

Audience members stand in the balcony to experience the performance, and are encouraged to move around the viewing area. Accessible seating is available upon request.

A limited number of timed-entry tickets will be sold in advance. Ticketholders will be admitted on a rolling basis as space becomes available, and once admitted, may stay as long as they like.

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100 Keyboards

September 30 – October 2

Location: BAM Fisher

Ticket Information: $25

“it has to be heard to be believed”
—The Times (UK)

One note, played on a toy keyboard, is followed by a second. Then a third, and a fourth. And with each note added, eventually reaching 100, the room changes. Frequencies multiply, reverberations hover in space, and the slightest acoustic variations emerge.

Experimental Japanese sound artist ASUNA invites guests to gather in the round and move about the space as he nimbly manipulates this room of instruments, using the moiré pattern to create an immersive, unusual, and sublime sonic bath. Simultaneously analog and electronic, minimal and complex, meditative and mesmerizing, 100 Keyboards builds unceasingly toward an infinite and sustained crescendo.

Audience members stand and move around the space to experience the performance. Accessible seating is available upon request.

Photo: ©Kehinde Wiley; courtesy of National Potrait Gallery

THE OBAMA PORTRAITS TOUR

August 27 – October 24

Location: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., in February 2018, the official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public.

This five-city tour travels the United States from June 2021 through May 2022 and is expected to reach millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. This special presentation enhances the conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities. The Obama Portraits Tour is accompanied by a richly illustrated book published by National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press.

Other tour locations include the Art Institute of Chicago (June 18–August 15, 2021), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (November 5, 2021–January 2, 2022), High Museum of Art, Atlanta (January 14–March 20, 2022), and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (April 2–May 30, 2022).

The Obama Portraits Tour has been organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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Composit Scan: Katerina Jebb; Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS

September 10, 2021 – February 20, 2022

Location: Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

Tickets: $25

The New York premiere of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams traces the groundbreaking history and legacy of the House of Dior. The exhibition brings to life Dior’s many sources of inspiration—from the splendor of flowers and other natural forms to classical and contemporary art.

With objects drawn primarily from the Dior archives, the exhibition includes a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and works from the Museum’s collection. The haute couture on view exemplifies many of the French couturier’s fabled silhouettes, including the “New Look,” which debuted in 1947.

Presented are galleries devoted to Dior and the artistic directors who succeeded him—Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. A toile room, a tribute to the Ateliers, and adjacent galleries of couture garments showcase the excellence of Dior’s petites mains. The central atrium of our Beaux-Arts Court has been redesigned as an enchanted garden, and a concluding gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence.

The Brooklyn Museum presentation of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is curated by Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum.

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100 Keyboards

September 30 – October 2

Location: BAM Fisher

Ticket Information: $25

“it has to be heard to be believed”
—The Times (UK)

One note, played on a toy keyboard, is followed by a second. Then a third, and a fourth. And with each note added, eventually reaching 100, the room changes. Frequencies multiply, reverberations hover in space, and the slightest acoustic variations emerge.

Experimental Japanese sound artist ASUNA invites guests to gather in the round and move about the space as he nimbly manipulates this room of instruments, using the moiré pattern to create an immersive, unusual, and sublime sonic bath. Simultaneously analog and electronic, minimal and complex, meditative and mesmerizing, 100 Keyboards builds unceasingly toward an infinite and sustained crescendo.

Audience members stand and move around the space to experience the performance. Accessible seating is available upon request.

Photo: ©Caramoor

BEGINNER’S EAR: RUBÉN RENGEL, VIOLIN

Sunday, September 12 at 10:00 am

Location: Sunken Garden

Ticket Information: $50

Enlighten your Sunday mornings with Beginner’s Ear, a unique series founded by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim and designed to bring mindfulness to the concert experience.
Caramoor’s bucolic Sunken Garden provides a fitting setting to clear the mind and nourish the spirit with silence and music. Beginning with a guided meditation and concluding with a group discussion, Beginner’s Ear offers a soul-nourishing new way of hearing music and builds community through the shared experience of silence and sound.

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AFTERNOON TEA

Fridays in September at 2:00 pm

Location: Rosen House

Ticket Information: Adult: $45, Child: $20

Spend time relaxing with friends and enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the Spanish Courtyard of the historic Rosen House. Tea service includes a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with crème fraiche and preserves, delicious desserts, and a variety of fragrant teas all served on exquisite vintage china. You are also welcome to reserve a spot for a complimentary, docent-guided tour of the historic Rosen House. As you walk through the House, you’ll learn about the Rosen family, their much-loved country home, and their art collection. Don’t forget to leave yourself time to stroll through Caramoor’s colorful gardens and bucolic grounds or attend an afternoon concert.

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

ISAIAH J. THOMPSON QUARTET

Thursday – Friday, September 2 – 3, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: $35 – $45 plus f&b; Students $15

Pianist, bandleader, and composer Isaiah J. Thompson highlights new works and takes on compositions by the masters at Dizzy’s Club, featuring a quartet of young musicians on the rise. New Jersey native, Thompson has performed with major artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, Steve Turre and Buster Williams. His recording debut was featured on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records’ Handful of Keys album with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and his debut album as a leader, Isaiah J. Thompson Plays the Music of Buddy Montgomery, released in 2020.

Thompson has worked on the Golden-Globe nominated soundtrack for Motherless Brooklyn, and was named a Steinway Artist and has been awarded accolades including, the 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and second place in the 2018 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition.

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

CATHERINE RUSSELL

Thursday – Sunday, September 16 – 19, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: $35 – $45 plus f&b; Students $15

“…Russell’s natural, unforced way with a song, and the personal touch she brings to it…she virtually stands alone on today’s jazz landscape.” — Los Angeles Times

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell has been a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s family for over a decadefrom leading her various groups in the Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club, to touring with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for Big Band Holidays, to mentoring and teaching our music’s next generation as a host for multiple Jazz For Young People concerts.

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

ENDEA OWENS AND THE COOKOUT

Saturday – Sunday, September 25 – 26, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: $45 plus f&b; Students $20 plus f&b

Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist of 2019 and Detroit native Endea Owens, is a vibrant up and coming bassist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator. Recently commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, her composition “Ida’s Crusade” was performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis this past March, inspired by Ida B. Wells, America’s leading anti-lynching crusader, who was a courageous journalist, crusader, activist, and orator.  While she’s performed with a diverse array of jazz, R&B and pop artists, including Jennifer Holliday, Rhonda and Diana Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, h.e.r. and Lea Delaria from the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” she continues to dedicate herself to hard-swinging jazz projectes, while finding time to hold down the bass for Jon Batiste’s Stay Human and and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. For these shows, she leads her own dynamic band “The Cookout” that encompasses the spirit, culture, and rhythm of Black American music.

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Photo: ©Signature Theater

INFINITE LIFE

Fall 2021

Location: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

A play about no end in sight. After the critically acclaimed premiere of John and sold-out run of The Antipodes, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker returns with the final play of her Signature Residency, directing a new work that tackles persistent pain and desire.

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TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

Fall 2021

Location: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

One verdict can change the course of history. The news of the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case reverberated throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Variously called a “riot, a revolution, or a social explosion,” the events that followed the verdict drew worldwide attention. Playwright, actor and scholar Anna Deavere Smith responded artistically by dissecting the anatomy of the unrest. She interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos in preparation for the performance. Declared a “rich, panoramic canvas of a national trauma” by The New York Times, Smith’s transformative study of the 1992 L.A. riots reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform. 

Signature is excited to work with Anna Deavere Smith and director Taibi Magar to reimagine this play for new performers and collaborators.

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Photo courtesy Wave Hill

WINGS OVER WAVE HILL

Sunday, September 12

Location: On the grounds

Wave Hill is home to many different pollinators, including our resident honeybees. Spend the day chatting with beekeepers, visiting our honeybee hives and creating art with the Family Art Project. Swing by The Shop to purchase tasty honey, beeswax candles and host of honeybee-themed gifts. Can’t make it to Wave Hill? Check out our online videos to learn about the Wave Hill bees from the comfort of your home.

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Photo: ©Tim Whitney

ECO-URGENCY: MUSIC AND NATURE WITH THE STRING ORCHESTRA OF BROOKLYN

Sunday, September 19, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Great Lawn

This program is held in conjunction with Eco-Urgency: Now or Never, an exhibition organized by Wave Hill in partnership with Lehman College Art Gallery. Enjoy an outdoor evening concert in the garden with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, a close-knit group of musicians dedicated to exploring the breadth of the string repertoire, from the concerti of Bach to the latest experimental works by emerging composers. Featured in this evening’s program is Zach Layton’s Stridulitrum (2013), a composition for strings, bowed electric guitar and insect chorus. Layton is a guitarist, composer, curator, teacher and media artist whose work explores human and non-human sound production techniques, biofeedback, improvisation, indeterminacy and histories of the visual representation of sound and vibration. In Stridulitrum, he incorporates field recordings of crickets and other chirping insects with his string arrangement, creating sonic connections between humanmade music and harmonies found in nature. Also on the program will be Scott Wollschleger’s Outside Only Sound and Darian Thomas’ Floret Ephemera, which also work in concert with ambient sounds of the natural environment.

In the event of rain or other inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to Armor Hall, which has limited capacity. Registered guests will get priority seating.

This event is free with admission to the grounds, but registration is strongly encouraged. Register here or by calling 718.549.3200 x251. If you have any questions about this program or registration, please contact us at visualarts@wavehill.org or by calling the number and extension provided above.

This concert was curated by former Curator of Performing Arts Ginger Dolden.

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