NYS Performing Arts Showcase

MusicMonday, October 15 7:30pm Free Admission!

As part of its annual conference, the NYS Presenters Network presents a showcase featuring artists that are well established as trail blazers who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields – some for over 50 years! Yet, all still remain vibrant, innovative and ever creative.

These showcase performances are free and open to the public.

Garth Fagan Dance – Known around the world for his groundbreaking choreography of Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and original artists working in the field today – architect of a distinct new movement style, creator of over 75 works for theater and the concert stage, inspired teacher, and the man who transformed Rochester, NY into an incubator for world-class contemporary dance. The Company will preview works to be performed in their 50th anniversary season in 2019-20!
Garth Fagan Dance’s performance as part of this showcase is made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.​

Maria Muldaur – Greenwich Village native Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 Grammy-nominated mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis.” Her 55-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. Beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Maria went on as a solo artist and bandleader, recording a string of critically acclaimed, top selling albums. Maria has toured extensively worldwide settling comfortably into her favorite idiom – the blues – and her 41st album released in 2018 celebrates the legacy of the singer Blue Lu Barker.

Bridgman Packer Dance -Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, collaborators in choreography and performance and Co-Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their work integrating live performance and video technology, and recipients of a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Production. They will perform an excerpt from the work-in-progress “Table Bed Mirror” a piece that navigates an illogical and fantastical night of dreams through a melding of live performance and video technology by following two people who are experiencing the same dream. At the same time, they don’t know if they are dreaming, awake, or dreaming they are awake. Live movement, video, and text create an absurdist collage, confounding ones sense of reality and flipping assumptions upside down.

Bobby Previte’s “Blueprints” Ensemble: Bobby Previte is a composer and performer whose work explores the nexus between notated and improvised music. One of the seminal figures of the 1980s New York ‘Downtown’ scene, Bobby is the recipient of the 2015 Greenfield Prize for music and was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012 and has received multiple awards for composition. Bobby will showcase his ‘Blueprints’ project which finds him conducting a band of strings, horns and percussion performing his favorite parts of every single piece of music he has ever written! The ‘score’ is projected from an iPad on a screen for the musicians – and audience – to read on the spot – with plenty of opportunity for improvisation.


Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton – Richie Stearns of Ithaca, brought the old-time clawhammer banjo style to a whole new audience with the jam bands Donna The Buffalo and The Horseflies, and has accompanied artists such as Natalie Merchant, Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Joan Baez. Violinist Rosie Newton – daughter of groundbreaking cellist Abby Newton – grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY and has since become a fixture at clubs, concert halls and festivals performing with a number of American and Celtic string bands. As a duo, Richie & Rosie perform an intimate blend of original compositions, fiddle tunes and folk songs.


Presented by NYS State Performing Arts Presenters Network