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“A musical treat in the neighborhood.”

92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

IT is possible to have a great night of music without having to "cross the park". The 92 street Y has a wonderful variety of music for each taste. I happen to like classical which does well with small ensembles in the 92 street space. The intimate auditorium is a good venue for this type of work.

Thank Allan S
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We just saw the Jerome Kern concert last night. Wonderful performances by all. The songs are brilliant and so memorable. The Jazz in July is one of our favorite series. I like this concert hall because even if I am sitting on the second floor I can clearly see and hear the performers. Location on 92nd St is great. Near public transportation and plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood.

Thank Brownstone76
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just saw Andy Borowitz here--what a treat--fun, affordable show with lovely restaurants in the area for before or after--get the program catalog!

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Reviewed March 20, 2012

The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, on East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue is a performing arts venue with numerous lecture halls, stages, concerts, and events going on all year long. The Harkness Dance Center is the oldest continually used space in New York that was built for the purpose of dance and is still used for that purpose. There is always a great dance show going on there, usually by a modern dance company, but sometimes by a traditional or exotic school as well.
I saw two performances in this last season, both modern, cutting edge, high skill level, and most enjoyable.
The first was the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company. Monica is the choreographer and lead dancer. There is good pacing and innovation. She starts off slow, perhaps too slow. It's important to grab your audience and make a strong first impression. You need a bit of patience to watch her show. However once she gets going she is a powerhouse. There was one piece where she and her partner do a tap-dance. It was as skilled as anything I've ever seen in a Fred Astaire movie. However she did it a little different. She and her partner danced side by side, silently (with no taps or even shoes for that matter), simultaniously, and with no music. It was quite remarkable to watch. I asked her afterwords if she practiced this to music and performed it silently with the music going in her head. She responded that that was not the case. She and her partner were able to execute this piece purely from kenesthitic memory. Remarkable.
The second group I saw was Susan Marshall and Company. Susan is the choreographer but no longer dancing herself. Her group was larger, consisting of six dancers, and full of surprises. You never knew what to expect and were usually not disappointed. In one piece they are splashing water all over each other, in the next they are mopping the floor in rhythm, next plucking feathers off each other, next slapping each others bodies and making music, next a ball room dance, next a pianist and his erotic stripper page-turner, next a lover's quarrel, next a girl blowing paper in the air, next an acrobatic stunt. Some pieces were more effective, some less so, but the innovative nature and element of surprise compensated for the weak bits. And the strong bits were very strong. However, in one rather vapid piece a girl is sitting on a chair holding cords attached to a couple of wenches. She pulls them and her ample bosoms are lifted and lowered, apparently via some hidden strings and a jerry-rigged bra. This would have been effective as a throw-away, or as an incidental surprise in a larger piece, but to stop all the action and make a big deal of this 'invention' for five minutes was weak.
It took a few minutes to recover from that mess, but the next two bits in a row were quite remarkable and made up for it.
The audience reaction was enthusiastic and we clearly wanted more. With the Harkness Dance Festival a clearly established tradition, it won't be long to wait.

Thank Stageball
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