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Performing Arts Series
Since 2008, the Teachers College Performing Arts Series (PAS) has brought more than 7,000 children and their teachers from 35 Harlem schools onto campus to see children’s opera, theater, music, and dance. The goal of the series is to expose K-12 students to high-quality live performances that will stimulate their minds, enhance their cultural knowledge, and excite their emotional engagement in learning. The series presents a repertoire of music and theater that reflects the diversity of the audience and builds creative educational connections for children outside of the traditional academic context. Productions address relevant academic and social topics, such as immigration, social justice, and history.
2018 Performing Arts Series
Ben Rosenblum Trio (Jazz)
On March 27th, the Ben Rosenblum Trio performed for high school students in Milbank Chapel. Students were introduced to different styles, elements, and history of jazz, and were given the opportunity to interact with the performers through a question and answer session. Ben Rosenblum is the founder of the Jazz House at Columbia, a dorm for student jazz musicians at Columbia University to live together, put on concerts, and collaborate on various musical projects.
Discover Opera! Operapunzel
On March 28th, Teachers College welcomed Manhattan School of Music’s Discover Opera! program back to Cowin Auditorium for a performance of their original production Operapunzel. This modern version of the classic tale Rapunzel introduced students to the terms and elements of opera within the setting of a 1970s hair salon. Over 550 elementary school students were in attendance.
Above, Dance Theatre of Harlem Students perform in the Cowin Auditorium.
Highlights from Previous Years
Manhattan School of the Music’s Discover Opera! introduces students to opera through musical performances that combine familiar children’s stories with elements of opera. Performances have included Beauty and the Baritone, The Opera Prince and the Singing Pauper, and Operapunzel.
L'Ensemble du Monde
L’Ensemble du Monde, a group of international musicians led by conductor Marlon Daniel, performed a selection of music by composers of African and Jewish descent, whose heroic struggles changed the fabric of music as we know it in America, and throughout the world. The performance featured American and European composers including William Grant Still, Ivan Fischer, Béla Bartók, and Samuel Barber.
Introduction to Jazz
Manhattan School of Music’s Introduction to Jazz is an interactive show that introduces students to various styles and instruments of jazz, as well as the history of the genre. These engaging performances have children clapping, stomping, and swaying to the music.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem introduces students to the world of classical ballet through interactive, educational performances. In years past, the Professional Training Program students engaged the viewers with their personal stories, insights into the art of ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and led an audienceparticipation segment. Students learned that ballet is a universal language for telling stories through movement.