The Multicultural Arts Exchange is thrilled to share with you the details of our Fall 2019 Season that will build upon our mission to participate in, promote, present and produce professional and accessible performing arts programming across the Greater Northeast Philadelphia area. Not only does this season’s lineup keep with our promise of promoting family-friendly and affordable events, but it also fosters community and understanding through art by connecting audiences to multicultural artists.
We are kicking off our season during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, with the first ever play of the famous festival to be staged in Northeast Philadelphia. The Multicultural Arts Exchange’s Ataman Creative Music Lab, ran by Vladimir Atamanenko, is handling sound production for Wings of Paper's Much to Do, Much to Fix, an immersive theater experience with six stages that delves into “global energy consumption, electric production, apathy, and love.” The production opens on September 7th and for more information, check out Wings of Paper on Facebook @wingsofpapertheatrecompany. Read more about Vladimir's work on the Multicultural Art Exchange’s blog.
Do not miss the Kit Crissey’s classical concerts series at Shaare Shamayim on September 15, November 17, and December 14. Kit Crissey spent his career at Saint Joseph’s University teaching English as a second language. To bring his culturally rich community together, he organizes an annual concert series, featuring classically trained performers who have immigrated to the United States from countries formerly part of the USSR. Free to the public, this concert celebrates community traditions of near and far.
We, in collaboration with The Greek Chamber Music Project, are proud to present “Remembering the Jews of Greece: A Musical Journey” at the Shaare Shamayim synagogue on November 10. To honor the Sephardic Jews of Greece and the broader Mediterranean, along with the memory of all victims of the Holocaust, we are pleased to feature singer Sarah Aroeste who sings in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of the Sephardim. She is joined by the famous Israeli pianist and producer Shai Bachar and flutist and the founder of the Greek Chamber Music Project Ellie Falaris Ganelin. Together, they will present a concert of songs old and new in a multimedia performance using sound clips, videos, and live music. Remembering this dark moment in history is an effort to speak out against hate and to promote healing and acceptance in our communities.
The MAE Mini-Dance Festival will be held on September 8th at the Shaare Shamayim synagogue. The festival will feature renown dancers and rising stars from International Ballet Theater and Brilliant Ballroom Dance School with special guest performer, famous Ukrainian opera and pop singer, Lenna. Come out to enter a whole new world of music and dance.
Finally, we are excited to announce that Lenna will be starring in two multicultural concerts, featuring classical arias and songs in Italian, German, French, and Spanish as well as Ukrainian folk songs and Whitney Houston and Maria Carey covers. Lenna is the youngest and the favorite student of the famous opera diva, Evgenia Miroshnichenko, a graduate from Kiev Conservatory, and a former featured soloist of the world-famous Ukrainian choir, “Veryovka.” The concerts will be held on October 19 and December 7 at Melody Restaurant. Join Lenna for an evening of musical travel, across languages, and across genres.
Tickets for all of the upcoming events will be available shortly at www.maephila.org
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