Address: 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
City: New York
||Grammy nominated kindie pop artist Billy Kelly
||Whether singing about cardboard boxes, 18-wheelers, sock monkeys, or butter, Billy Kelly takes audiences on a wild ride filled with stories and images that defy imagination. A comedian-musician with "an endearingly oddball sense of humor" (NPR), Billy Kelly has released six critically acclaimed albums for kids, including 2015's GRAMMY-nominated Trees, which he made with Molly Ledford. Over the course of his 20 year music career Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and his engaging show has "a vast appeal for kids and adults alike" (Common Sense Media).
For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, this performance features: brighter lighting in audience, lowered sound levels and a designated quiet area. Find out more at thebillykellyshow.com.
Ages 2 and up.
||Storyville Stomp: Last Night in Storyville
7:30pm show is sold out.
Second show added! Tickets are now available for the 10pm show.
Travel back in time for an exhilarating multi-stage immersive jazz age experience inspired by Storyville, New Orleans, the famed red-light district where early jazz flourished until it was shut down in 1917. The evening will include hot jazz by Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses, Jon-Erik Kellso’s Mahogany Hall Pleasure Society Jazz Band featuring vocalist Mara Kaye, Dennis Lichtman’s Hottet featuring blues stylist Queen Esther, blues singer Blind Boy Paxton, and ragtime and stride pianist Dalton Ridenhour. Dancers and performance artists will include Gaby Galore & Her Sugar Shakers, burlesque queen Perle Noire, Phonograph DJ MAC, and Lillian Lorraine & Her Lovely Ladies. Hosted by Juliette Campbell, founder of Shanghai Mermaid, in celebration of the time-traveling cabaret’s 10th anniversary.
Performances will be occurring at multiple locations in the downstairs level of Symphony Space. Patrons are free to move about the spaces during the event. Seating is not guaranteed at each performance location.
In partnership with New York Hot Jazz Festival, Shanghai Mermaid, and Rolling Fork Music
||NT Live: Peter Pan
“Fantastical and funny. It's must see family entertainment.”
Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production of JM Barrie's much-loved tale, a delight for children and adults alike. A co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
All children, except one, grow up...
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him find it. In return she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music, and make-believe ensues.
“Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.”
– Radio Times
Part of Symphony Space's Theatre in HD series, bringing unforgettable theatre from around the world to our screens.
Private group screenings available! (Minimum 75 attendees)
||Always for Pleasure
Directed by Les Blank. 1978. USA. Color. 58 min.
Blank’s raucous tribute to the sights, sounds, and flavors of New Orleans is perhaps his most sustained representation of pure joy.
An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Les Blank made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad. Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to music, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights.
Directed by Lily Keber. 2013. USA. Color. 90 min.
"highly fascinating on a universal scale, whether you're a musician or not...incredibly well-researched, cheeky and completely addictive viewing."
— Kai Hoffman, Londonjazz
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker. Featuring interviews with Harry Connick, Jr., Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and Hugh Laurie, as well as never-before seen live performances, archival photographs, and original stories, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of an American genius.
"...the film is almost an act of necromancy, calling forth the spirit of its subject not just in words and images, but in its very structure."
— Alex Jennings, Offbeat
||Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Directed by Dawn Logsdon. 2008. USA Color. 68 min.
"Flat out brilliant...this is a great piece of storytelling, filmmaking and testifying. It is also arguably the most poignant film ever made about New Orleans"
— New Orleans Tribune
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans is the riveting story of one community’s epic struggle for racial equality - from slave revolts and underground free black antebellum resistance, through the challenges of post-Katrina rebuilding today - all set to a fabulous soundtrack of New Orleans music through the ages. This award-winning film gives the depth of history to current racial strife and challenges viewers to think historically and critically about the links between race, class, conflict, and cultural expression in our modern communities. This is the true story of the neighborhood that inspired David Simon’s fictional HBO television series Tremé.
Faubourg Tremé was largely shot before the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and edited afterward, giving the film both a celebratory and elegiac tone. The Trem��district was damaged when the levees broke as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many Trem��residents are still unable to return home, and the neighborhood is fighting some of the same civil rights battles first launched here 150 years ago.
Faubourg Tremé premiered at Tribeca International Film Festival, was featured three years in a row as a national PBS Black History Month Presentation, and won Best Documentary awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, Popular American Culture Association, and The Society for Visual Anthropology.
"...A powerful reflection of treme as a place of creative ferment and political resistance for some 300 years."
||The Whole Gritty City
Directed by Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson. 2013. USA. Color. 89 min.
"The Whole Gritty City is a documentary in the Fred Wiseman mold...sensitive, intelligent and inspirational."
— David Bianculli, Fresh Air, NPR
Q&A with co-director Richard Barber after the screening!
Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson's film plunges viewers into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. The film follows children growing up in America's most musical city, and one of its most dangerous, as their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive.
The film features three marching bands in the years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city: the O. Perry Walker and L.E. Rabouin high school bands, and The Roots of Music, a new band for middle school-age children. These young beginners in Roots are put through their paces by the program's founder Derrick Tabb, drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band
We come to see the powerful positive role being in the band plays in their lives. 11-year-old Bear, determined to master the trumpet, lives in the shadow of an older brother murdered at age 19. 18-year-old drum major Skully shouts out to loved ones he's lost to violence, including the band director who was a father figure. 12-year-old Jazz aspires to become a musician like her father, even as her mother struggles to provide for the family.
The film culminates in a different kind of musical performance: a moving funeral tribute by band members from across the city to a young man who was one of their own.
This New Orleans marching band story is at the same time a unique portrayal of an American inner city. It highlights men with an open-eyed, deep commitment to the community they've grown up in and the children in their charge.
"The film, which (excitingly) is as close to cinema verite as network television ever gets…at once heartbreaking and hopeful…”
— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
"Part rhapsody, part elegy on those occasions when the dissonance of senseless tragedy undercuts the tuneful exuberance, this moving documentary ...follows several young musicians in verit��style as they're coached by inspiring band leaders to participate in the Mardi Gras parade festivities."
— Matt Roush, TV Guide
||New Year's Eve with The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players!
||Join America’s Preeminent Gilbert & Sullivan Repertory Ensemble, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as they ring in the New Year at their annual New Year’s Eve Champaign Gala Performance at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) on Sunday, December 31 (8:00PM)!
Make plans now to join NYGASP's Artistic Director Albert Bergeret and his talented and fun-loving crew for their annual New Year's Eve Champagne Gala Performance of favorite G&S scenes, songs, parodies, overtures and the ever-popular-tour-de-force challenge - audience requests performed impromptu with full orchestra! Toast the new year with a little bubbly at intermission and be home before midnight or off to another party!
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Champagne Gala Performance are priced at $105 - $80 with special $94 - $72 pricing for Seniors and $52 - $40 pricing for children. Tickets can be purchased thru the Symphony Space Box Office (212) 864-5400 or by visiting www.nygasp.org.
||Milo the Magnificent:TWO SHOWINGS 11AM AND 2PM
||Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo the Magnificent tells the tale of Milo, a hard-working and aspiring entertainer and magician always ready to put on his best show. As he unpacks his latest achievements in science and magic, he finds that the best of plans don’t always go as expected. Alex & Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas) have been making puppets together since 2010. Alex is a silhouettist and automata engineer, and Sarah is a fifth-generation artist and clown. They have performed at the Kennedy Center, The Puppeteers of America Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Connecticut, and Bread and Puppet in Vermont. Discover more about the company here:
||Bach's Musical Offering
The Musical Offering, Johann Sebastian Bach’s miraculous monument of polyphony, is performed in its entirety by Music from Yellow Barn, under the direction of Artistic Director Seth Knopp. Garden Eight, a set of interludes by Rome Prize-winning composer Lei Liang are interspersed throughout in this special concert of musical exploration past and present!
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, (1747)
Lei Liang (b. 1972) Garden Eight (1996)
Anna Elashvili, Jennifer Liu, Suliman Tekalli, violins
Meredith Kufchak, Nathan Schram, violas
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Aaron Wolff, Julia Yang, cellos
Elizabeth Burns, double bass
Jessica Petrasek, flute
Alan Kay, clarinets
Brad Balliett, bassoon
Lee Dionne, harpsichord
Seth Knopp, piano
Eduardo Leandro, percussion