THE EGG CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2013-14
“The Egg” Performing Arts Center, opened its doors in April of 1978, following a 12-year construction period. It quickly became the defining shape on the Albany skyline and has continuously hosted a variety of cultural events and activities.
The season is highlighted by many of the performing artists who have been regular visitors to The Egg in the past as well as a new free summer series and the continuation of its “New York Living Legacy” project which explores the artists and events that have had a major impact on the performing arts in New York State.
The Egg’s signature “Dance New York” series will begin in October with a performance by Camille Brown & Dancers and continue with works by the companies of Mark Morris, Aszure Barton, and Ellen Sinopoli, as well as Paul Taylor – who will be the focus of a “New York Living Legacy” tribute which will celebrate the iconic choreographers 60 years as a dance maker. In addition to a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in May, the Taylor 2 company will be in the Capital Region for three weeks in the spring performing classic works – both at The Egg and other venues.
More dance performances will be included in The Egg’s “Rhythm International” series which will include a show entitled “Tango Fire” as well as a performance by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The series will also feature concerts by British guitarists Richard Thompson and Steve Hackett, as well as a show entitled “Guitar Passions” which showcases the diverse artistry of Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lumbabo.
The Egg continues its “Family Wonders” series with dramatizations of stories by Eric Carle, Leo Leonnini and Michael Rosen as well as its annual presentations of The Zucchini Brothers Holiday Show and the New York Theatre Ballet – who will perform “Cinderella’.
The Egg will welcome back many old friends for its popular American Roots & Branches concert series including Joshua Redman, Roger McGuinn, The Temptations, Regina Carter, Jane Monheit, Frank Vignola and others.
The American Roots & Branches and Dance New York series will combine for a special event on December 28 featuring master jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and his band – Don Byron (clarinet, saxophone), George Colligan (piano) and Jerome Harris (bass).
In addition to its tribute to Paul Taylor, The Egg’s “NY Living Legacy” project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles in New York. This will include a series of performances, films and discussions about the band’s appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and Carnegie Hall, the legendary Shea Stadium concert, John Lennon’s close ties to New York City and the how the music of The Beatles still influences performing artists in New York 50 years on. Events will culminate with a Valentine’s Day weekend Beatles “love-fest” highlighted by a performance by The Fab Faux.
The Center also announced that it will be hosting the annual New York State Presenters Conference in the fall which will feature free performing arts showcases by New York State touring artists and is coordinating the “New York Banjo” tour – which will visit 11 venues in October.