Comedian Ted Alexandro to perform October 5 at the PSU Silver Center

October 3rd, 2013 by Lynn

    Ted Alexandro

    PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Silver Series will present comedian Ted Alexandro at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

    Time Out NY called Alex­andro “One of the funniest comedians working today.” He opened for Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall and has performed extensively on television, including shows such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and The View. Alexandro has also had two half-hour specials on Comedy Cen­tral. Louis has called him “Probably my favorite co­median working today.”

    Alexandro was an ele­mentary school teacher for five years before mov­ing into comedy full time, and commented in an in­terview in Splitsider that he thinks there is a lot of overlap in these two jobs in terms of preparation, and the concentration that pub­lic speaking requires. But there was a “right time” to make the move … when he had a manager and was get­ting paid to perform on the road… that was more than 15 years ago.

    He has performed inter­nationally in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Jakarta, England, Holland, Israel, South Africa and Qatar). A longtime activist, Alex­andro has also been very active in the Occupy Wall Street movement and was a founder of Occupy Astoria Long Island City.

    Town & Village says Ted Alexandro “is a gentleman comedian who appreciates the power of pauses and silence in comic perfor­mance. Our laughter comes from the contrast between his composed demeanor and the radical nature of his humor.”

    Tickets for Ted Alexandro in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center are $25-$20 for adults, $23-18 for seniors and $20-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office. Call 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also avail­able online at silver.plym­outh.edu. This performance may contain adult language and themes.

    Information about the Sil­ver Center for the Arts is on­line at silver.plymouth.edu.

    General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

    Singer-Songwriter David Wilcox at PSU Sept. 27

    September 12th, 2013 by Lynn

      David Wilcox

      PLYMOUTH — Acoustic Guitar Magazine listed David Wilcox as among the best of a brilliant crop of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late ‘80’s when the magazine awarded him a silver award in the singer/songwriter category.

      Wilcox will bring his smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, creative open tunings and light blues inflections to the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

      Wilcox said in an interview with Mountain Xpress, “The song has to offer something universal. I mwant songs that people can understand the first time … I write songs with layers in them so they stay interesting over the years.

      Wilcox is a poet and storyteller, “with a voice reminiscent of James Taylor and a husky breathiness more reminiscent of Nick Drake,” according to Acoustic Guitar. He has recorded 17 albums in a career marked by personal revelation, wildly loyal fans, and artists such as k.d. lang covering his songs. He has been featured five times in Performing Songwriter magazine.

      Reflecting on more than 20 years of record making and touring extensively around the U.S. and internationally, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the headlights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”

      Tickets for David Wilcox’s performance at PSU are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online.

      General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@ PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

       

      New Gary Burton Quartet opens Silver Series at PSU Sept. 15

      August 29th, 2013 by Lynn

        THE SILVER Series at Plymouth State University will begin on Sept. 15 with the coming of the New Gary Burton Quartet. COURTESY

        PLYMOUTH —The New Gary Burton Quartet, led by vibraphonist and seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton, will open the 2013-14 Silver Series for the Performing Arts Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth State University.

        His new quartet features guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, rising superstar bassist Scott Colley and veteran drummer Antonio Sanchez.

        At 70 years of age Burton is rewriting the book on retirement with a new CD release. Guided Tour came out Aug. 20 on Mack Avenue Records. He sought out original material from all the band’s members, illuminating their wide range of crosscultural music styles.

        “They outdid themselves this time,” he says.

        Burton’s autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton from Berklee Press hits the stands Sept. 3.

        Burton’s stature as the former executive vice president of Berklee College of Music in Boston caps three decades of life in jazz education, which coincided with his already busy career as a performer and recording artist. His reintroduction and expansion of the technique of four-mallet playing helped to create one of the jazz world’s signature sounds.

        Tickets for the New Gary Burton Quartet in the Hanaway Theater are for sale at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or 800-779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver. plymouth.edu.

        Burton will be signing CDs and books in the Silver Lobby after the performance.

         

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