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Sounds of Arts Festival 2016


Sounds of Arts Festival 2016 is made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

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Sounds of Arts Festival (SOAF) is MuSE's annual week-long arts festival in Queens (New York) every November!


The Secret Theatre (BIG THEATRE)
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Subway: E, M, G Train: 23 St. - Ely Ave.
7 Train: Court Sq. Station 
Tickets: General Admission $15 advance / $20 at the door
Seniors & Students with ID $12 advance / $14 at the door

Program A - Voices and Strings

"On Being Bohème"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00pm

by Musicopiphany

Join us for an evening of opera and chorus, including two world premieres for chorus and strings by Yui Kitamura and Alicia Lieu, Grieg's Holberg Stuite and selections from La Bohème and Rigoletto. 

Featured Artists/Group: MuSE Chorus, John-Andrew Fernandez, Candace Matthews, Caroline Miller, Ross Schwaber, Stephen Velasquez, Kate Wiswell, Lauren Yokabaskas


Program B - MUSICAL

"MEN WITH MONEY" a new musical

3 Shows:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8pm

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

Book & Lyrics by Bill Nelson, Music & Additional Lyrics by Joseph Trefler
Geoffrey Goldberg, Director and Choreographer
Bob Kelly, Music Director

Avital Asuleen, Associate Director

Synopsis: Men with Money is the musical the 1950s didn't get to have a Technicolor, fantasy version of 1952 in which it's okay to be gay. In this subversive, romantic romp, three young men set out to make their wild dream come true: to find, woo, and win lovers with money. Loads of money. Two gay and one straight, they might just have the charm and chutzpah to pull it off.

Starring: David Raposo, Ben Sheppard, Trevor Nalepka, Jeff Sundheim, Mary Malaney, Marcus Jordan, TJ Bolden, David J. Baldwin, Brandon Engman, Gavin Juckette, Madeline Fansler, Gabriel Elizabeth Kadian, Lora Nicolas, Townsend Pass, James Roberts IV, Luisa Sabella and Hope Salvan


Program C - NEW MUSIC

"New Music Collection"
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7pm

Iktus Duo performing works by New York Women Composer, Inc:
       Kala Pierson
       Faye-Ellen Silverman
       Marilyn  Bliss
       Alla Borzova


       featuring new works by living composers including works by composers under 18 years old! 

Program D - Classical to Pop

"Covers & Remixes"
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7pm

JHMJams (Ken Kubota, cello; Drew Alexander Forde, viola; Mitch Lyon, cello; Tony Guarino, percussion) 
Arcopella (Manwai Che, Ben Wu, Hirona, Trevor New)

JHMJams: Reposted and acknowledged by pop heavyweights such as Mike Posner, DNCE, Bebe Rexha and the Chainsmokers, JHMJams delivers casual pop and jazz covers every Tuesdays and Fridays on Instagram (@kkubota8). Initially gaining attention with his unique approach of strumming the cello like a guitar, Ken Kubota founded JHMJams as a way to explore and share his passions aside from his classical training at Juilliard. JHMJams does not have a set instrumentation or members as Ken values the collaboration with his diverse and talented friends and colleagues, as well as his fans. 


Program E - JAZZ 
"One Sound from Many"

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 8pm

by Project Hansori
Jeff Fairbanks, leader/composer

Project Hansori, meaning one sound in Korean, encapsulates Jeff Fairbanks large scale work fusing Jazz and the music of various cultures, drawing heavily from certain East Asian traditions.  This group reflects his vision for combining different cultural elements into a contemporary, orchestral Jazz setting. Its debut album Mulberry Street won major grants from the American Music Center and the Aaron Copland Fund.  This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Program F - Dance & Theater

"Traditional to Modern Asian Theatre"
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 8pm

"Kabuki-style Dance and Music: Talk and Performance" by Kyoko Ohnishi


"I Land IV" 

<Kabuki-style Dance and Music> 

長唄〔秋の色種〕あきのいろくさ  Autumn Foliage

長唄〔浦島〕うらしま Urashima

(program subject to change)

<I Land> is a collaborative performance that explores the possibility of contemporary dance, art and music presentation. <I Land> challenge the boundaries between art and design, music and sound, dance and movements, materials and subjects as well as performers and participants.  For MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2016, <I Land> will invites audiences to take part in the show as the fundamental sound element of the performance. Through an easy workshop and simple directions, audiences then become participants working with performers and artists and join the experience of <I Land> together.

Performers : Phuong Thanh Ngo (Vietnam) & Danang Pamungkas (Indonesia)

Visual Artist: Leeroy New (Philippines)

Composer: Yasuno Miyauchi (Japan)

Creative partner: Ming-Jiun Tsai (Taiwan)













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