The Los Angeles-based Rhythm Arts Alliance, a project of UPCA, has joined the consortium of arts programs called Arts for Incarcerated Youth, which over the summer provided a training day for parole officers, captured in a video.
For the training, Rhythm Arts Alliance (RAA) conducted workshops in Therapeutic Traditional West African Drumming for all 75 probation officers tasked to one of the five probation districts in L.A. County. The workshops were co-facilitated with the help of program alumni and formerly incarcerated youth who have made the transition from incarceration to leading productive and inspiring lives in their communities.
The United Palace of Cultural Arts is proud to present:
The UPCA Performing Arts Academy
Starting September 22, Monday - Friday, 4:30-6pm
- Hip Hop Dance (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
- Theatre (Mondays and Thursdays)
- Circus Arts (Mondays and Thursdays)
- West African Drumming (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
Space is limited.
Over the two years that UPCA has hosted youth orchestras, we have watched our students, and their families, fall in love with classical music.
Students in the Harmony Program rehearse at the Palace five days a week after school. The WHIN Music Project rehearses every Saturday afternoon for three hours. These students tell us they would rather play their instruments than their electronic devices.
Over the past couple of years we have hosted several classical music concerts with fellow nonprofit organizations, many of them from Northern Manhattan, that attract local residents as well as the families in our programs.
Based on the success of those past events we have created "The Crackalackin' Season of Classical Music" featuring at least 10 events from October through May.
We call it crackalackin' because that's urban slang for "what's happening" and "let's get going," which we believe describes the vital role classical music is playing in helping to build our audience in Washington Heights.
Sunday, November 9
4:30 doors; 5pm Concert
The New York Youth Symphony's 52nd season opens with "youthful fire" as the orchestra performs Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite." The concert will include Conrad Tao, The Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist, performing Rachmaninoff 's electric "Rhapsody on a Theme" by Paganini.
This is the first of three performances the New York Youth Symphony is scheduled to play at the Palace in 2014-2015.
UPCA may have seemed quiet over the summer with few scheduled events but we were busy planning the upcoming season.
The fall season includes three more titles in our Sunday afternoon "Classic NYC Movies" series hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the launch of "The Crackalackin' Season of Classical Music at the Palace," offering concerts with a twist. Other highlights include a trio of what are becoming annual holiday events at the Palace: "The Halloween Hang with Gary Lucas," who will debut the world premiere of his score for the original "Frankenstein"; a screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" with an intro by Mary Owen, the actress Donna Reed's daughter; and the debut of UPCA's new production "The Hip Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights," which mashes up Tchaikovsky's classic score, hip hop dance, and a contemporary telling of the story.
Hope to see you at the Palace.
Sunday, October 26
The Seniors Orchestral Society of New York presents the "Fall Family Concert:" Rossini, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," featuring UPCA President Xavier Eikerenkoetter as the narrator.
Friday, October 31
6:30pm doors; 7pm Halloween costume parade, 8pm movie; 9:20pm Q&A with Gary
$10 online/$15 at the box office (opens at 2pm); $5 for children under 12
"The Halloween Hang with Gary Lucas" returns to the Palace with the world premiere of his new solo guitar score for the original "Frankenstein."
Last year Gary wowed the Palace audience with his score for Spanish "Dracula." During the audience Q&A that followed a guest asked if he would consider creating a musical soundtrack for the 1931 "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff and directed by James Whale. Gary spent the last year perfecting his new vision and will debut it live at the Palace.
Wednesday, October 22
6pm children's red carpet; 7pm movie
The 6th annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival kicks off with a screening of the 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature "Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)."
The story for all ages follows little Celestine, who discovers that shabby bear Ernest is the best friend an open-minded mouse could ask for. Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
- "Elf" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda
- "Guys and Dolls" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda
- "The Fisher King" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker
- Become a "Nutcracker Backer" to support UPCA's new holiday show
- UPCA sister program offers drumming for parole officers in LA
- See you in September!
- Halstead Property sponsors "The Concert"
- Thanks to Toshiba for supporting the campaign to Raise a New Screen at the Palace
- PAST EVENT-2014 Uptown Arts Stroll events at the Palace