Kupferberg Center for the Arts Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season with Top Performers for Every Taste

— Grammy-Winner Gladys Knight, Folk Singer Peter Yarrow, The TEN Tenors and Sweet Honey in the Rock Are Among the Artists Who Will Appear —

Queens, NY, September 13, 2017— The Kupferberg Center for the Arts (KCA) will mark the milestone of its 10th Anniversary with a special roster of world-class artists who reflect the diverse borough of Queens—aptly called “the world’s borough” by Queens BP Melinda Katz. Tickets are on sale now.

“It is very gratifying that the Kupferberg Center for the Arts has grown and thrived since its founding in 2007,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Providing our neighbors in Queens and the greater metropolitan area first-rate, culturally diverse entertainment will continue to be the KCA mission in the years and decades to come.”

Kupferberg Presents, the entertainment hub of the Center, kicks off its 2017-18 season, sponsored by New York Community Bank, on Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm with singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. The musicians earned great fame with “Puff the Magic Dragon” and their versions of “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Their first album, which sold more than two million copies, reflected the group’s political and social activism. Yarrow has continued this lifelong commitment, creating a nonprofit, Operation Respect, to combat school bullying, and offering his audiences inspiring performances that stress our shared humanity, especially in difficult times.

“An Evening with Gladys Knight” on November 9 features the singer-songwriter-actress known as the “Empress of Soul.” The seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed number-one hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Adult Contemporary music categories. Among her Grammy winners are “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me,” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Both as leader of Gladys Knight and the Pips and later as a solo artist, Knight has triumphed in her long career, releasing more than 30 albums and ranking #18 on the VH1 network’s list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock.

The globe-trotting Australian group The TEN Tenors performs a “Home for the Holidays” show on December 10 that will feature their signature combination of classical and contemporary music. Following 17 years of sold-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as one of the world’s most-loved music groups. The group’s appearance gives New Yorkers the chance to experience the charm and vocal power that has been shared to date with an audience of 90 million.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, the all-women African American a capella ensemble, has won a Grammy for its unique expression of female African American history through song and dance. Dedicated to empowerment, education, and entertainment, the collective (Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass) is a powerful ensemble that performs with great flair and attracts an avid audience of fans.

Sums up KCA Executive Director Jeff Rosenstock: “In this 10th anniversary year, we thank the extraordinary artists of our new season and the many talented performers such as Johnny Mathis, Carol Burnett and New Shanghai Circus who have graced our stages. We also thank our wonderful supporters: the Kupferberg family, New York Community Bank, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, to name a few, as well as our Arts Advisory Board and staff. And most of all, we thank our patrons from many communities throughout Queens, Long Island, and the rest of the metropolitan area who come to enjoy Kupferberg Presents entertainment.”

Please see below for details on all the upcoming performances, including the rest of the 2017-18 lineup: Inti-Illimani, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and a glittering production of Sleeping Beauty by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, known internationally as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies.

Visit www.kupferbergcenter.org or call the Box Office at 718-793-8080 for tickets and detailed information. Kupferberg Center for the Arts offers free parking, easy access to the Long Island Expressway, and excellent dining options on the campus of Queens College.

The Kupferberg Presents 2017-2018 Season

An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)
Saturday, October 28, 20178:00 p.m.
LeFrak Concert Hall
Tickets: $35 – $45

Celebrating 50 Years of Music, Education and Activism
Sunday, October 29, 2017
3:00 p.m.
LeFrak Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 – $40

New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Sunday, November 5, 2017
3:00 p.m.
LeFrak Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 – $40

An Evening with Gladys Knight
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Colden Auditorium
Tickets: $39 – $115

R&B Holiday Bash
K-Ci and JoJo, Ginuwine and 112
Friday November 24, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Colden Auditorium
Tickets: $59-$109

Sleeping Beauty Performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia
Sunday, December 3, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Colden Auditorium
Tickets: $23 – $42

The TEN Tenors
Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 10, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Colden Auditorium
Tickets: $30 – $45

Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Colden Auditorium
Tickets: $35

*Tickets for Sweet Honey in the Rock go on sale September 21.

The Kupferberg Presents 2017-2018 Season, sponsored by New York Community Bank, features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable world-class cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and school residencies, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org. Box office: (718) 793-8080; Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and up to one hour prior to all performances.

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Jennifer Zanca