PICKLESHOES DANCE THEATRE IN NEW YORK PREMIERE OF ROB KAPILOW'S JABBERWOCKY, APRIL
25 AT ALICE TULLY HALL
Dancers join The Young People's Chorus of New York City and the Family Musik Chamber
Ensemble to galumph the himbledy-jimbledy of Lewis Carroll's uffish poem in this
magical musical re-imagining by Maestro Kapilow for Lincoln Center's "Family Musik"
Based on Lewis Carroll's much-loved nonsense poem of the same name from Through the
Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, Jabberwocky is the latest creation by
composer, conductor and host of Great Performers "Family Musik," Rob Kapilow. A
Lincoln Center co-commission, the delightful work will have its New York premiere at
Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, April 25, with two performances, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Jabberwocky reunites Rob Kapilow with the team of Matt and Emily Kent and members of
PickleShoes Dance Theatre, whose previous "Family Musik" credits are Peter and the
Wolf and Fairy Tales. Choreographer Matt Kent, a noted international dancer and
teacher, has been part of the world-renowned, Emmy Award-winning dance company
Pilobolus since 1996.
Mr. Kapilow will lead the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC), under the
artistic direction of its founder Francisco Núñez and The Family Musik Chamber
Ensemble. Opening the program, the YPC will perform the brilliant Geographical
Fugue by Ernst Toch, a short spoken chorus work for unaccompanied voices enunciating
cities, countries and other world geographical landmarks, a number of which just
happen to have tongue-twisting names. And the Family Musik Chamber Ensemble
performs Jean Françaix's lively Octet for Winds and Strings.
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch.
Jabberwocky, which features audience participation, is appropriate for ages five and
Filled with burbling music and manxome movement, Jabberwocky will have kids of all
ages shouting "Callooh! Callay!"
To learn more about the making of Jabberwocky click on this link to hear Rob Kapilow
in conversation with choreographer Matt Kent and see a short clip of a rehearsal
with the dancers:
http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?ta ... _2879=1552
Tickets for Jabberwocky are priced at $40 and are available online at
LincolnCenter.org, by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 or by visiting the Alice
Tully Hall Box Office, Broadway and 65th Street.
Composer, conductor and commentator Rob Kapilow has been hailed for his innovative
and creative approaches to opening up the world of music to a wide audience. As The
Christian Science Monitor wrote, "Kapilow is a man on a mission, passionately
committed to a variety of programs...that make a lasting impression on the way
people listen, both to music and to the world around them." Kapilow is also one of
America's most persuasive commentators on classical music. His "Family Musik" series
celebrates its 10th anniversary season of live performance at the Celebrity Series
of Boston and his "What Makes It Great?," begun as a regular feature on National
Public Radio's "Performance Today," is now also heard in live performances at
Boston's Celebrity Series, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Los
Angeles, and the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, as well as at Lincoln
Center on the Great Performers series. Upcoming programs in that series at Lincoln
Center's Walter Reade Theater include an exploration of Beethoven's "Kreutzer"
violin sonata (March 16) and Haydn's String Quartet in G major (May 11). What
characterizes all of Kapilow's work is his ability to create an "aha" moment for his
audiences and collaborators, to open new ears to musical experiences and help us to
understand how music can enrich, reflect and enhance our daily lives.
The reach of Kapilow's interactive events and activities is wide-both geographically
and culturally: from Native American tribal communities in Montana and inner-city
high school students in Louisiana to wine-tasters in the Napa Valley, and from tots
barely out of diapers to musicologists long out of Ivy League programs, his
audiences are diverse and unexpected, but invariably rapt and keen to come back for
more. Kapilow's popularity and appeal have been reflected in the notable invitation
to appear on NBC's Today Show, in conversation with Katie Couric (broadcast last
fall). He has released recordings on the Vanguard Everyman classics. On January 10,
2008, a special What Makes It Great?© focusing on Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte
Nacht was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center and aired on PBS stations around the
country. This past November, Kapilow's book All You Need to Do is Listen was
published under the John Wiley & Sons/Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
imprint. Mr. Kapilow was the subject of two feature articles in conjunction with
the release of the book-in Symphony (October 2008) and Gramophone (January 2009)
For complete bio and background on Rob Kapilow visit: www.robkapilow.com
PickleShoes Dance Theatre is made up of performers who have danced collectively for
the renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre for more than thirty years. Having created
numerous pieces in the collaborative choreographic approach that Pilobolus in famous
for, PickleShoes members now use their combined experience on works for students and
for family audiences. Members of PickleShoes have been featured on national
television (60 Minutes, Live with Regis) and in the film The Last Dance.
Director/dancer Matt Kent and his partner, dancer Emily Kent, teach movement and
choreograph works for programs throughout the country, including a camp for the deaf
in Indiana. Jabberwocky is the group's third collaboration with Rob Kapilow on a
"Family Musik" program.
For more information, visit PickleShoes Dance Theatre's website: www.pickleshoes.org
The award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC), the resident chorus
of the 92nd Street Y and WNYC, New York public radio, became the first Chorus in
Residence at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in October 2008. YPC is
an internationally acclaimed, multicultural youth ensemble that performs more than
70 concerts, operas, and workshops annually in New York and beyond. Under Artistic
Director and Founder Francisco Núñez, it is one of America's most sought-after youth
choirs with celebrated performances on three continents-from Carnegie Hall and the
White House to cities in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, Germany,
Japan, and Spain. The YPC has appeared on NBC-TV's Today Show, among other notable
television appearances. In summer 2009, the chorus will tour Japan on a four-week,
18-city tour. Members of the YPC performed on the 2005-2006 "Family Musik" series
at Lincoln Center in "The Four Seasons," which featured Rosie O'Donnell as special
guest narrator, and in 2007, in the Family Musik concert, Play Ball!.
Not only is the YPC widely praised for the quality and depth of their performances,
but through their groundbreaking Transient Glory concerts, CDs and publications, YPC
is helping to shape the choral music repertory by commissioning today's most
distinguished composers to write music for children's choirs. To date, the chorus
has sung more than 50 world premieres and commissioned 41 new works, 20 of which
have been published by Boosey & Hawkes in association with Chester Novello and G.
Schirmer. The YPC is composed of 250 choristers of diverse ethnic, economic, and
religious backgrounds ranging in age from 8 to 18. An additional 400+ young people
participate through the YPC's in-school Satellite Schools and Casita Maria community
programs. The winner of two gold medals in the 2004 Choir Olympics in Germany, the
Young People's Chorus of New York City has been recognized for its strong commitment
to urban at-risk youth by the N.Y. State Assembly, the Mayor of New York City, and
the Manhattan Borough President's Office, and as "a national model of artistic
excellence and diversity" by the President's Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
WNET/Thirteen inducted the YPC into its Community Hall of Fame for their "exemplary
efforts in the fields of the arts and culture, education and social concerns."
For more detailed background visit: www.ypc.org
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Lincoln Center presents Great Performers
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Broadway and 65th Street
Rob Kapilow, commentator, composer, and conductor
Family Musik Chamber Ensemble
PickleShoes Dance Theatre
Matt Kent, choreographer
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco Núñez, artistic director/founder
Toch: Geographical Fugue
Françaix: Octet for Winds and Strings
Rob Kapilow: Jabberwocky (New York premiere)
Jabberwocky was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with
generous assistance from the Festival of the Arts Boca, and additional support from
Music in the Morning and the Boston Celebrity Series.
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