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ARTSBEAT … and Culture 10-9-13

Orphan Train at Grand Central Terminal

ORPHAN_TRAINOrphan Train: The Musical will make its New York debut in the location where much of its story plays out: Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with free performances to be held October 11-12. Directed by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated director/choreographer Patricia Birch with a book by L.E. McCollough, lyrics by Michael Barry Greer, and music by Emmy Award-winning composer Doug Katsaros, the musical tells the story of the personal impact Grand Central had on so many young lives including orphaned children in its earliest days. Reservations are required due to limited seating and can be made by visiting: Show times are Oct. 11 at 2:45 and 7:30 pm and Oct. 12 at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm (with post-show discussion) and 5:30 pm. For more information:


San Francisco Ballet at Lincoln Center

San_Francisco_Ballet_Cinderella4-copySan Francisco Ballet, America’s oldest professional ballet company, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, returns to New York City for a two-week engagement October 16-20.  The Company will perform a variety of mixed-bill programs and the New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s lavish new full-length ballet Cinderella. Tickets:; 212-496-0600.




Ron Field: Applause!

Dancers Over 40 will assemble an A-list of Broadway performers to honor the legacy of director/ choreographer Ron Field  on Monday, October 21, 7:00 pm at  St. Luke’s Theatre – 308 W. 46th St. New York, NY. Rare video clips from many of Field’s shows will be shown. Director/Choreographer Ron Field was an important director/choreographer of the ’60s through ’80s, responsible for the Broadway shows Cabaret, Applause!, Zorba, The King of Hearts, and televisions specials with Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Cheryl Ladd. He choreographed the film New York, New York, the movie, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  His incredibly diverse career was cut short when he died at 55 in 1989.  Ticket information: Telecharge: 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200;


Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping_BeautyNew York City Center will present the New York premiere of Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed Sleeping Beauty on October 23-November 3 at City Center. This Sleeping Beauty is imaginative, surprising and gorgeous to look at.  Charles Perrault’s fairy tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years was turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. Bourne, according to press notes, “takes this date as his starting point, setting the christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, at the height of the fin-de-siecle period, when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination.  Tickets can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or online at City Center is located on 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Polish Happenings

Rock band Wilki in Concert
Wilki (Wolves) – a renowned rock band from Warsaw, Poland will perform on October 12th at the Copernicus Center – 5216 W Lawrence Ave in Jefferson Park, Chicago, Illinois.

Piano Recital by Michał Korzistka
A benefit concert in support of the The Polish Museum of America Library’s Rare Book Conservation Project will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm at the Polish Museum of America – 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL. Michał Korzistka will play a program of Chopin and Lutosławski.

Annual Polonaise Ball – Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley Polonaise Society will present their annual Polonaise Ball on Saturday, October 19 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Elk’s Club, 48 Prospect St. in Middletown, NY. Prime rib dinner will be served and music will be provided by the Ablemen; entertainment by the Pokolenie Dance Group.  For ticket information: 845-856-7526;

Ambassador Theater’s 5th Season
Celebrating their 5th season, the Ambassador Theater will hold an International Fest on Thursday, October 10, 6:00-8:30 pm at Willard Building Roof Deck – 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. The company is under the artistic direction of founder Hanna Bondarewska.  For more information: