Friday, October 31, 2014

The Palace Theatre & Community Partners Co-Host Special "Paint the Town Pink" Concert for Survivors, Friends and Family

This week, at The Palace Theatre, nearly 100 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends were honored at an intimate evening of live music and celebration. “Moving On” at The Palace marked the wind-up of a month-long calendar of social and educational events steered by Stamford Hospital’s renowned Bennett Cancer Center.

Dr. & Mrs. Frank Massino ~ Medical Director the Bennett Cancer Center.
Bob Cappazzo Photography. 
Several community partners collaborated on the success of the evening: City Limits Diner, David’s Soundview Catering and Café Oo La La who all donated delicious foods; Tito’s Handmade Vodka, who created an exclusive “Hot Pink” Martini and Bob Cappazzo Photography, a native from Stamford, who donated his time and services to capture the evening’s upbeat atmosphere. 

Artist, Jane Ubell-Meyer, with Pilar Garces. 
Bob Cappazzo Photography.
Liz Manfredo, Pam Curtis & Lourdes Blansfield. 
Bob Cappazzo Photography

Frank Mastrone & Allegra Themmon-Pigott.  
Bob Cappazzo Photography.

Broadway veteran Frank Mastrone performed both classic and contemporary hits with pianist and composer, Patti Preiss-Harris and classical guitarist, Annalisa Ewald, both who shared their narratives and journeys with breast cancer. Surprise guests included Patti’s Saxophonist-husband, Bill Harris. Joining Mastrone on some selections was local soprano, Allegra Themmen-Pigott.

The Palace, a non-profit theater, proudly hosted the “Moving On” event by providing their new UpStage performing arts venue to host the event along with offering complimentary tickets to cancer survivors and a reduced price for families and friends. The well-attended concert was open to the general public.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Palace Theatre and Institute of Rock Music Partner to Provide A Local Downtown Venue for Young Musicians

Organizations Co-Host Open House for Students and Families on November 8

Teen band, Front Row
For 10 years, Crescendo Productions’ Institute of Rock Music has been providing instruction for aspiring young musicians by experienced, versatile and classically trained professionals. Its collaboration with The Palace Theatre began this year, when students culminated their training with live, professional performances as part of the Theatre’s Showcase 61 concert series. To mark an expanded partnership in which The Palace will provide a facility for the Institute’s ongoing programs, the two organizations will co-host their first Open House for potential students and their families.

The fun, music-filled event will be held at The Palace Theatre on Saturday, November 8, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm, and will include live music performances by local teen bands, Birdwalk, Front Row and Surge. Free snacks and giveaways will be on-hand for guests, and the Institute will hold a raffle for one month of free lessons.

“We are very excited to be taking our partnership with The Palace to the next level,” says Institute of Rock Music’s Director, Byl Cote. “Playing in a professional venue provides invaluable real-life experience for students as they hone their skills and learn to create, perform and record their own music.”

Rosarii Falvey, a trained pianist, music educator and founder of Crescendo Productions, opened the Institute of Rock Music in 2004. The students, on reaching a standard of proficiency demanded by the Institute, progress to play with a band where they would continue their musical studies but also perform with other like-minded students, thus developing team and listening skills as well as performing classic rock and contemporary music. In September 2014, together with the Stanwich School, Falvey developed a musical program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students in which children are introduced to rhythm and beat, musical notation, distinction and understanding of simple instruments from all over the world.

In its new Palace Theatre home, The Institute of Rock Music will be a year-round educational music facility that teaches kids how to play songs by their favorite artists and shows them how to analyze the songwriting of successful musicians and learn from the various techniques used to write, perform and record their own original compositions.

Showcase 61 first kicked off in Spring 2014 with a run of incredible performers entertaining sold-out crowds. Showcase 61, a true “listening experience” for all ages and audiences, recreates a New York club setting, featuring contemporary music artists in a relaxed atmosphere with café tables, waitress service, craft beers and local food offerings.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diego el Cigala November 11th

Don’t miss Diego el Cigala, “The Sinatra of Flamenco,” LIVE at the Palace Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30pm.

This three-time Grammy winner has captivated audiences all over the world. His collaborations with world-renowned Latin American artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to tango, and Afro-Caribbean Jazz.

His newest recording, 2013’s Romance de la luna Tucuman, earned him a third Grammy (his second for Best Tango), providing a fresh take on the Argentinean tango tradition. 

Tickets are on sale now: $175, $73, $53, 43, $27  (plus per-ticket fees)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Palace Theatre Supports Sacred Heart University's 1st Graduate Class of Film Students

Historic Performing Arts Center Joins Forces with Stamford Venues to Showcase City’s Only Graduate Film and Television Program

The Palace Theatre’s Sackler Gallery was sparkling last month with the creative energy of young filmmakers, when students of Sacred Heart University’s new Film & Television Masters Program (FTMA) convened with established filmmakers and scholars for a celebration of the cinematic arts. A highlight of the first-annual “FTMA Film Festival” was a showcase held at The Palace of films made by the program’s inaugural class. The four-day event, held from September 25 to September 28, kicked off the fall semester of the FTMA’s second year.

The Palace collaborated with Stamford’s community of presenters to provide the perfect campus for Fairfield County’s very own film festival. As co-sponsors, The Palace, The Avon Theater and the Stamford Innovation Center hosted a variety of screenings, master classes, workshops and parties. According to Justin Liberman, Visiting Professor and Festival Director, Sacred Heart University’s first annual FTMA Film Festival was “a huge success!” 160 people attended the opening night awards gala, where screenwriter and Fairfield County native Anthony Tambakis (Warrior) was honored. He is currently adapting the 1961 novel and film, The Hustler, for Broadway.

Anthony Tambakis with his mother, Marina.
Sacred Heart’s FTMA program is the first and only one in the state. Guest speakers and lecturers at the festival included: Allen Coulter (director, Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, Sex and the City, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy), Emily Wachtel (screenwriter, Lucky Them), Sacred Heart University Professor Sidney Gottlieb (editor, Hitchcock on Hitchcock), and Tambakis. A 30th-anniversary screening of Milos Forman’s multiple Oscar winning film, Amadeus, at the Stamford Innovation Center concluded the festival, with the film’s producer, Michael Hausman (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain) and star, Tom Hulce, in attendance.
"Lucky Them" screenwriter, Emily Wachtel
A total of 20 graduate student awards were distributed for 18 films that were made regionally, including: Best Picture (Tiffani Brooke, Attitude in Motion, NY), Best Director (Antonio Esposito, The Clearing, CT), Best Screenplay (Louis Bower, Jim & Emma, NY), and Best Producer (Alicia Bozzone, SH, CT). These students are now submitting their films to festivals worldwide.
Sacred Heart University's FTMA Graduate Student Filmmakers

The FTMA Film Festival was open to the public and approximately 120 people attended each night, including Stamford Mayor, David Martin.

As part of its sponsorship of Sacred Heart University’s FTMA program, The Palace Theatre provided opportunities for students to gain hands-on production experience. Participating students, including Tiffani Brooke, Best Director award winner at this year’s festival, were paid a stipend to film “UpStage at The Palace” performances, including Showcase 61 (indie music), Laughtrax (improvisational comedy), and Playtime at The Palace (family entertainment).

The Palace Theatre is no stranger to cinema. The longest-running arts presenter in Stamford history, The Palace was originally established in 1927 (built in 1893) as a movie theater and vaudeville house, when the WWI comedy, Rookies, was shown on what is still the largest screen in the city. Today, the renovated and restored Palace Theatre boasts state-of-the-art AV capabilities, including a Harmon sound system and the ability for rear projection.

The original Palace marquee, c. 1927

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Palace Presents: Moving On - BCA


It’s time to “Paint the Town Pink” with Stamford Hospital! Celebrating the 10th annual campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, we’ll be presenting “Moving On,” an intimate musical evening about, by and for breast cancer survivors and their friends and families.

Join us Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30pm, UpStage at the Palace. The event will feature Broadway veteran Frank Mastrone along with pianist and composer Patti Preis, Classical guitarist Analisa Ewald, and more!

Enjoy a night of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and many others. Tickets are on sale now for $20! Get ‘em while they’re still available! For additional information about the event visit our website or call us at (203) 325-4466.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stamford Education 4 Autism Proudly Presents - The 8th Annual Rock on 4 Autism Concert

Back by popular demand - preforming this year for the 8th Annual Rock on 4 Autism Concert is the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll band, Almost Famous! Made up of professional musicians from NYC, they’ll have you clapping your hands, dancing to the beat and singing at the top of your lungs. Join us as We Rock the 80’s for Autism! 
Poster Design By VCGraphics Stamford
Doors open at 6pm on Saturday, October 25th for the Silent Auction, Mystery Bags, and Photo Booth. The music will start approximately at 7:15pm. Bring your family and friends….this is a fun event for all - with (optional) 80’s dress attire!

Tickets are on sale NOW for $30, $25, $10 here »

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s concert will go towards developing a business for those on the Autism Spectrum. The goal is to help foster the necessary work and social skills needed to become independent.

Stamford Education 4 Autism is a local non-for-profit organization.
- To raise the Acceptance and Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- To help provide educational opportunities and supportive services to the Autism Spectrum Disorder population and their families
- To offer emotional support and guidance to those on the Autism Spectrum.
- To assist those on the Autism Spectrum in becoming active contributing members of the community and to be prepared to have educational success in the 21st century