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Artpark's 2017 Season

by jpauly
Wed, May 24th 2017 01:00 pm

Artpark Announces Summer 2017 Season


Western New York's premier summer performing and visual arts destination continues to expand on programming to feature international, regional and local artistic collaborations, U.S. premieres and more.


Lewiston, NY - Artpark announces its summer 2017 season. As Western New York's premier summer performing and visual arts destination, a diverse schedule is planned ranging from concerts to art installations to international, local and regional artistic collaborations and more. A selection of event highlights follows below. For a complete schedule and ticket information (when applicable) please visit www.artpark.net.



A Kickstarter campaign that attracted the support of 145 community members has enabled Artpark to re-install the painted parking lot artwork titled "Niagara 1979" by Gene Davis. Patrons can experience the work in its original location, Parking Lot C which is adjacent to the Mainstage Theater at the base of the red brick road. The artwork is made up of sixty, two-foot wide by 364-foot long lines in nine different colors.  Covering over 43,000 square feet, the original work was considered the world's largest painting in 1979.


SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: June 17 noon to midnight

Heralding the arrival of summer, this day-long event (Noon-Midnight) begins with the 7th annual Fairy House Festival featuring artist and community-made fairy houses (attendees may bring or build their own for a chance to win a prize of $300), a creative collection of art activities, potion-making and more.   The festival continues with live performances by Slyboots Circus, Buffalo Aerial Dance, spoken word artists, dancers and actors. In the early evening Buffalo's internationally touring professional dance company, Lehrer Dance, gives a 90-minute performance in the Mainstage in a program featuring favorites from their repertoire.   The evening concludes with an after-party including a fire performance by Pyromancy, Slyboots Circus and a lantern-led moon dance.   The Summer Solstice Celebration is directed by Jon Lehrerand Kate LoConti, two of Western New York's most respected and innovative artists. Tickets are $10-$20.



BIG BANG: September 2 -- Artpark Season Finale

Featuring William Close and the Earth Harp Collective plus

US Premiere of "Big Bang" by Plasticiens Volants


As seen at Coachella,Burning Man and on NBC's America's Got Talent, the world-renowned installation artist, musician William Close will perform with his Earth Harp Collective in the Artpark Amphitheater. Exploring the intersection of architecture and music, the audience will literally sitinside the belly of the larger-than-life harp as it is played and experience an instant transformation of Artpark into a musical instrument and multi-dimensional concert experience. The concert will feature a mix of new compositions and well-loved classics played by an ensemble of musicians performing on William Close's self-invented sculptural instruments, including the world-renowned Earth Harp, Drum Sculptures, Aquatar and wearable drum jacket.   The performance will be followed by the U.S. premiere of Big Bang by Plasticiens Volants, a French street theatre company that has captivated audiences worldwide for forty years. This jaw-dropping spectacle combines huge floating inflatable creatures with projected images, music, and pyrotechnics to tell an unforgettable, dreamlike story of the creation of the universe. Plasticiens Volants is renowned for creating high-profile events in the skies, squares and streets of five continents, including the Olympic Games in Rio (2016) and Sochi (2014).   Their first-ever U.S. performance at Artpark is made possible in part by support from presenting sponsor M&T Bank, ILOVE NY under the Market NY initiative, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.   Gates: 5:00pm, William Close & Earth Harp Collective: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Big Bang by Plasticiens Volants: 8:30pm - 9:30pm; Tickets: $15 General Admission.



The award-winning concert series includes:  ZZ Top (June 6); Tears for Fears (June 14);  Randy Bachman and 54-40 (June 20); Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (June 27);  Loverboy and Kim Mitchell (July 11);  Brit Floyd (July 18);  Blondie and Garbage (July 25);  George Thorogood & The Destroyers and 38 Special (August 1);  Gov't Mule and Galactic (August 8); Lynyrd Skynyrd (August 15);  Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson (August 22).  Series finale concert to be announced.


New this season, Artpark has partnered with Funtime Presents on a series of concerts. The Coors Light Concerts series includes 311 with New Politics and the Skints (July 10) and Arkells with Atlas Genius (August 19). Additional concerts to be announced.


Funtime will also present Dwight Yoakam (August 12) in the Artpark Mainstage Theater.


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a special "BroadwayToday" program featuring vocalists performing hits from Broadway's most popular musicals including Wicked, Beautiful, The Phantom of the Opera, Hair, Miss Saigon, Jersey Boys and others. (July 21, 8:00pm).


Ticket details for all concert events are available at www.artpark.net.



PERCUSSION GARDEN: Opens July 30 at 4:00pm

Internationally renowned percussionist, Cyro Baptista, will collaborate with Buffalo-based sculptor, Shasti O'Leary Soudant and students from the University at Buffalo to create an interactive sound-generating installation and musical composition on the grounds of Artpark Percussion Garden. Visitors explore different ways to interact and produce sound whileposing curious questions on the nature of a performance, music-making and relationships within the natural environment of the park. This installation and Cyro Baptista's residency is funded by UB Creative Arts Initiative. The Artpark Percussion Garden was launched in 2016 with the support of Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation and includes Chime Tree and Swingset by David Cossin (Bang on a Can), and Earth Drums by Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and is open to public year-round.


To enhance the Artpark Percussion Garden experience, July 16 will feature the world premiere of PLACE, an extended interactive performance created by pioneering composer David Dunn, performed by Buffalo-based Null Point and curated by Colin Tucker and Ethan Hayden. The performance will utilize voices, instruments, electronics, bodies, and materials found on site to build a musical language in dialogue with a particular place's soundscape, ecosystem, and topography. This program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with supp ort of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature: administered by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.



As part of the residency program funded by UB Creative Arts Initiative, Cyro Baptista will conduct free daily workshops with his collaborators Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) and pianist Brian Marsella.  A project of true inclusion, the workshop is open to all members of our community will bring participants together in re-discoveringmost ancient form of communication -- sound. RSVP and questions can be sent to: sclark@artpark.net



Artist Philip Burke returns to create live paintings during selected Tuesdays in the Park concerts. Gallery exhibits will also feature the work of: Suzie Molnar Goad (June 1-27); Ani Hoover (July 1-31); and Joseph Manuse (August 4-31).



A series of free musical performances presented in the scenic Lower Park Emerald Grove area, overlooking the Niagara River. Performances include: Tango & Gypsy Trio by Shulman and Friends (July 9); Capriccio Chamber Orchestra "Baroque In The Woods" (July 23); PLACE by Null Point (July 16) and Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin and Buffalo Percussion Ensemble (July 30). Music in the Woods is supported by presenting sponsor Calspan.



Families can enjoy creative hands-on discovery in a scenic setting with live performances by NURT (Niagara University Repertory Theatre). Activities include - paint space, pottery, face paint, costume closet and workshops in the following themes: The Art of Upcycle (July 8); The Art of Movement (July 15); The Art of Food (July 22); The Art of Sound (July 29); Saturdays Noon-4:00pm. Sponsored by Catholic Health.





Artpark Theatre Academy: July 10 - August 6(Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm)

In this new initiative for students ages 8-17, 50 participants will gain experience in musical theater through a rigorous and exhilarating daily schedule of activities concluding in a full production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. in Artpark's Mainstage Theater on August 6th at 1pm. This performance will be designed,rehearsed, and performed by the Academy company students providing them with a first-hand taste of professional theater. In addition to preparing the production as part of the daily camp activities, the camp days will be alsofilled with workshops in acting, dancing, vocals, set design, lighting design, costumes, and promotions with guest artists including Jon Lehrer (Lehrer Dance), Vincent O'Neil (Irish Classical Theatre Company), Mitch Jarvis (Yakov/Motel/Perchik 2003 revival on Broadway), Gregg Goldston (a pupil and collaborator of Marcel Marceau and one of America's most renown mimes). The program will also include attendance at a rehearsal of the Buffalo Philharmonic at Artpark and more.  Artpark Theater Academy is directed by Paschal Frisina III, with choreographer Toni Dentico, designed by Tatyana Wilds. FREE bus will be provided from Buffalo and Niagara Falls with the support of the Niagara Falls Coach Lines. Tuition is now $447.50 for four weeks, offered at a 50% discount with the support of Pamela & Joseph Priest, Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, and funds

 raised at the recent Artpark Gala.

Also of interest to families, Artpark will once again offer Art Camp. Sessions are scheduled for July 10-14, July 17-21, and July 24-28.


Artpark will also offer Rock Camp (August 7-18). Attendees will form bands, write and perform original music, and more. Rock Camp concludes with a free concert Artpark's Amphitheater stage (date TBA).


For a complete list of events, ticket pricing (when applicable), purchase information and more, visit www.artpark.net.

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