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Saodat Ismailova

Qyrq Qyz Panel Talk

PANEL TALK: THE INSPIRATION OF TRADITION – CENTRAL ASIAN COOL

Welcome the Aga Khan Music Initiative artists of Qyrq Qyz/Forty Girls with a community dinner and panel exploring the expression of traditional storytelling and music through the representation of powerful female mythology in the Muslim world.

Reimagining Gershwin

REIMAGINING GERSHWIN:
RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE

FREE lunchtime talk for Curator’s Circle Members RSVP required
George Gershwin’s enduring influence on African-American music is explored by Wall Street Journal Jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld and polymath composer/producer/musician Melvin Gibbs in this FirstWorks Creative Conversation.

Art in the Stars

ART IN THE STARS
FIRSTWORKS WINTER SHOWCASE & FUNDRAISER

Join us for an evening of cocktails, oysters, hors d’oeuvres, live music and entertainment to benefit FirstWorks Arts Learning educational programs for Rhode Island’s youth!

American Rhapsody: A Gershwin Songbook

ARTISTIC ICONS SERIES
AMERICAN RHAPSODY:
THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK

A unique concert produced by the Gershwin Family Foundation celebrates iconic American music by one of the most indelible composers of the 20th century! Part of FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series at The VETS.

Chick Corea: The Musician

FILM SCREENING
CHICK COREA: THE MUSICIAN

FirstWorks and Jamestown Arts Center invite you to view a portrait, in music and film, of a jazz freedom-fighter: his life, his art, his genius musical partners.
Video about the Chick Corea / Steve Gadd band 2017 tour

Creative Conversation with Chick Corea and Steve Gadd

A CREATIVE CONVERSATION WITH CHICK COREA AND
STEVE GADD

Moderated by WGBH’s Eric Jackson. Tickets are limited! FREE advance reservations for members of the Moses Brown School community and ticketholders to The Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band 7 PM concert at The VETS
Chick Corea live

Chick Corea / Steve Gadd Band

SEASON KICK-OFF!
THE CHICK COREA /
STEVE GADD BAND

Artistic icon Chick Corea has 22 Grammy wins—the most of any jazz artist, ever! He is both one of the most influential jazz artists of his generation and one of the greatest living jazz pianists. Chick and drummer Steve Gadd’s musical partnership is the stuff of legend—but the music is always new. It’s a coup to bring these venerated maestros to Rhode Island—catch them live on the brink of their new album release this fall!

PVDFEST 2017

PVDFEST 2017
FIRSTWORKS ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks

Bike to Beer

BIKE TO BEER WITH CHRIS LASHUA OF CIRQUE MECHANICS

Grab a beer and a delicious homemade pretzel while chatting with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director of Cirque Mechanics. Find out about his biking background, which led to a stint with Cirque du Soleil. Hear about his troupe Cirque Mechanics, who will be kicking off our FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series at The Vets on October 29 with their performance Pedal Punk.

Cirque Mechanics

CIRQUE MECHANICS

You’ve never seen a circus like this! Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines.

Paul Taylor Legacy Project

PAUL TAYLOR LEGACY PROJECT: ART IN MOTION

Arguably the greatest living choreographer across the 20th and 21st centuries, Paul Taylor continues to create works that are vibrant, powerful, and thoroughly new. This season FirstWorks celebrates Mr. Taylor with an expansive project connecting audiences with art, dance, music and American history.
Cranston Street Armory silkscreen by Walker Mettling

Armory Animated by Art

ARMORY ANIMATED BY ART

Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood.

Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
American Street Dance Theater

The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a 25th anniversary program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire.