2018-08-22 / Features

Flushing Town Hall Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Fall Season


Banda Magda, coming to Flushing Town Hall on Friday September 21, with an A Capella Workshop at 7 pm and concert at 8 pm. Flushing Town Hall is a new member of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz Touring Network! Banda Magda is led by Greekborn composer, arranger, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, who takes the audience on a global journey of music, rhythm and storytelling. Drawing on the band’s global background, the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in six languages. ($16/$10 Members & Students/ FREE for Teens) 
Photo Shervin Lainez Banda Magda, coming to Flushing Town Hall on Friday September 21, with an A Capella Workshop at 7 pm and concert at 8 pm. Flushing Town Hall is a new member of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz Touring Network! Banda Magda is led by Greekborn composer, arranger, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, who takes the audience on a global journey of music, rhythm and storytelling. Drawing on the band’s global background, the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in six languages. ($16/$10 Members & Students/ FREE for Teens) Photo Shervin Lainez This fall and winter, Flushing Town Hall presents an outstanding lineup of world music, family programs, exhibitions, jazz and workshops. This season also marks the 40th anniversary of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA), the steward of Flushing Town Hall. (You can check QGazette.com Community Calendar weekly for upcoming events.)


The Fall/Winter 2018 season kicks off with a dance party with La Patronal! Rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas patronales’ or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America, this unique brass band from Lima, Peru presents Peru’s most rooted heritage and traditions through music and dance. Their lively performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. (Cocktail reception, dance lesson and concert: Friday, September 14, $16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens) The Fall/Winter 2018 season kicks off with a dance party with La Patronal! Rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas patronales’ or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America, this unique brass band from Lima, Peru presents Peru’s most rooted heritage and traditions through music and dance. Their lively performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. (Cocktail reception, dance lesson and concert: Friday, September 14, $16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens) “We are thrilled to be celebrating 40 years of bringing arts to Queens and beyond,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “We continue to share global arts with New York City’s global communities by again presenting a diverse selection of programming. As temperatures drop, join us in our welcoming, historic space for a wide range of free and affordable jazz and world music, exhibitions, dance, and more at Flushing Town Hall!”

For schedules, descriptions and tickets, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718- 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall’s fall and winter music highlights include monthly Jazz Jams on the first Wednesday of the month (Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5), La Patronal (Sept. 14), Banda Magda (Sept. 21), South American Mash-Up: Inkhay & Río Mira (Oct. 19), and NEA Jazz Masters (Nov. 16). Other highlights include the Queensborough Dance Festival (Sept. 7), Inner Mongolia Arts Group (Sept. 15), Andean Music Workshop (Oct. 20), Kathak, Bhangra, & Beyond (Nov. 10), and the Holiday Historic House Tour (Dec. 9).

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Flushing Town Hall continues to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-yearold boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love for the arts and culture. Special pricing is available for children, seniors, members, students and teachers.

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