Bryant Park Fall Festival 2011

September 12th, 2011

The Bryant Park Corporation has announced the fourth annual Bryant Park Fall Festival presented by Bank of America, which will be held from September 16-23 in Bryant Park. WNET again joins the Festival as a media partner.

The Festival will feature evening performances by Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, China Institute in America, Ballet Hispanico, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Jazzmobile, Elisa Monte Dance, Jennifer Muller/The Works, RIOULT, and daytime programs from City Winery, operamission, the Rubin Museum of Art, PuppetMobile, and Vital Theatre Company.

Families can look forward to a new addition to the Festival line-up: pre-performance interactive programs presented by Kids Club Thirteen on September 20, 22, and 23, along with lunchtime presentations on 9/17 and 18 (see schedule below for details).  The performing arts come to life with workshops, hands-on activities, favorites from PBS kids shows, and more.

Fans of THIRTEEN on Facebook are able to enter to win VIP treatment on all eight nights of the Festival. Benefits include: priority reserved table seating for two (in front of general seating), light snacks from ‘wichcraft, two drink tickets compliments of City Winery and more.

Check out the full event schedule:

Friday, September 16

12:30 pm: City Winery

Red Poetry: wine and poetry collide in City Winery’s latest limited edition wines.  Grape-inspired poetry gets a rhythmic beat with live music and readings by the Bowery Poetry Club.

6 p.m.: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

Greg Tate, Vernon Reid, Melvin Van Peebles, and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber rock the James Brown, Bowie, Van Peebles, Miles, and Sugar Songbooks. Presented by the Black Rock Coalition.

Saturday, September 17

1:00 pm: Kids Club Thirteen presents the PuppetMobile

Master puppeteers tell the story of Bessie the Cow’s dream to join the circus.  Don’t miss the pre-show workshop at noon.

6:00 pm: China Institute in America

The Shanghai Restoration Project and Le Zhang.  Classical Chinese music meets jazz, hip hop, and electronica.

Sunday, September 18

1:00 pm:  Kids Club Thirteen presents Vital Theatre Company

Sing along to a medley of favorites from Pinkalicious, The Musical and Uncle Pirate.  Celebrate all things pink and meet Pinkalicious herself.

6:00 pm: Ballet Hispanico

Theatrical and passionate works from the nation’s premier Latino dance company.

Monday, September 19

12:30 pm:  operamission

Figaro al fresco: a comic cliffhanger.  Acts I & II of Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro in a fresh and vibrant new staging.

6:00 pm: Jennifer Muller/The Works

Electrifying and virtuosic movement by the world-renowned contemporary dance company.

Tuesday, September 20

5:00 pm: Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

6:00 pm: The Metropolitan Opera’s  Lindemann Young Artist Development Program Opera’s rising stars perform a selection of favorite arias, songs, and duets.

Wednesday, September 21

12:30 pm: Rubin Museum of Art

Famed opera and theater director Peter Sellars and the dramatization of the irreverent and profound Vimalakirti Sutra.

6:00 pm: Jazzmobile

Seasoned drummer and vibrant band leader Winard Harper leads a superb septet in a non-stop set of Jazz and African rhythms.

Thursday, September 22

5:00 pm: Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

6:00 pm: Elisa Monte Dance

Ferociously exciting modern dance company – a performing tour-de-force.

Friday, September 23

5:00 pm: Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

6:00 pm: RIOULT

Musically astute, visually arresting, kinetically thrilling modern dance.

**Additional support for the Bryant Park Fall Festival is provided by the Durst Organization Inc. and HBO, and by media partners WNET New York Public Media, WNYC, and amNEWYORK.