Igor Begelman will lead the Peace Interludes. Photo provided by Peace Center.

The Peace Center is offering free programs for its 2019-20 Peace Interludes, which allow guests to further explore artistic works before they head to the main stage.

Hosted by artist-in-residence Igor Begelman, the Peace Interludes consist of musical happy hours matching a musical element of an upcoming performance with a featured beverage.

Guests can sip, listen, and learn for a unique multisensory experience. Peace Interludes are free, and the featured drinks will be available for purchase.

Begelman is a clarinetist with many musical accolades. Also an accomplished recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and throughout the world.

Register for the free events by calling 864-467-3000 or 800-888-7768, visiting the Peace Center Box Office, or going online at peacecenter.org. Registration is required.

All Interludes are held at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Peace Center. Made possible by the Peace Center Foundation, the Peace Interludes program is in its second year.

Peace Interlude: Harlem 100

Sept. 5, 2019

The Harlem 100 Interlude invites guests to look at the artistic and creative energy behind Harlem. With Langston Hughes’ words and Billie Holiday’s melodies, Harlem’s creative arts and spirited nightlife made it an integral part of African-American cultural identity.

Audiences will explore the artistic and intellectual development of the Harlem Renaissance. The Interlude will feature the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Bessie Smith in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

Featured beverage: Champagne

Related mainstage performance: “‘Harlem 100’ Featuring Mwenso & the Shakes: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance” appears in the Peace Concert Hall on Oct. 14, 2019.

Peace Interlude: Chanticleer

Oct. 10, 2019

Chanticleer celebrates 42 seasons of being one of the world’s premier male vocal ensembles. First known for its interpretations of Renaissance music, now Chanticleer’s repertoire covers music from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Romantic art song to contemporary works such as jazz and world music. Interlude guests will take a closer look at the rich vocal traditions of Chanticleer.

Featured beverage: Martini

Related mainstage performance: Chanticleer appears in the Peace Concert Hall on Oct. 26, 2019.

Peace Interlude: Silkroad Ensemble

Oct. 31, 2019

This Interlude will take guests on a musical journey through mystical regions of the Silk Road trade route — a historic pathway that spanned 3,000 miles between East and West. The route allowed ideas, cultures, and goods to be shared and traded.

The Silkroad Initiative, created by Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, sought to unite diverse people to exchange ideas and explore collaboration. The musical group Silkroad Ensemble consists of a fluctuating group of international musicians who embody cultural collaboration.

Featured beverage: Tea Selection

Related mainstage performance: Silkroad Ensemble appears in the Peace Concert Hall on Nov. 12, 2019.

Peace Interlude: Branford Marsalis

Dec. 5, 2019

Jazz brings to mind the swing era and blues. With music known for improvisation and syncopated rhythms, the American art form of jazz has evolved over the years. That innovation can be traced through the works of jazz saxophone giants John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, and Charlie Parker. The Branford Marsalis quartet continues evolving within the genre with its nonverbal storytelling, emotional solos, and new harmonic ideas.

Featured beverage: Manhattan

Related mainstage performance: An Evening with Branford Marsalis appears in the Peace Concert Hall on Jan. 15, 2020.

Peace Interlude: NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

Dec. 19, 2019

Poland’s musical heritage includes Frederic Chopin and Arthur Rubinstein and continues to house notable musicians today. Unique for its geographical location and the outside Germanic, Latinate, and Byzantine influences, the Polish music scene is rich with diversity.

The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, based in the city of Wroclaw, allows audiences to experience the country’s unique culture. At the Interlude guests will learn about their prolific musical tradition and its esteemed classical ensemble.

Featured beverage: Old Fashioned

Related mainstage performance: NFM Wrocław Philharmonic appears in the Peace Concert Hall on Jan. 19, 2020. 

Peace Interlude: Itzhak Perlman and Virtuosos

Feb. 27, 2020

This Interlude explores some of the greatest violinists of all time, such as Itzhak Perlman, Jascha Heifetz, Midori, Fritz Kreisler, and Hilary Hahn. In the late 1600s, master craftsman Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri reached the pinnacle of violin-making. Violin virtuosity developed with the techniques and compositions of Niccolò Paganini.

Featured beverage: Shiraz

Related mainstage performance: Itzhak Perlman, violin, and Rohan De Silva, piano, appear in the Peace Concert Hall on March 12, 2020.

Peace Interlude: Hong Kong Ballet’s ‘ALICE (in wonderland)’

April 2, 2020

“Curiouser and curiouser!” A favorite of children and adults, “Alice in Wonderland” has captured many readers with its wacky characters, places, and adventures since its 1865 publishing. Though not well-received at first, Lewis Carroll’s stories live on. This Interlude will take guests down the rabbit hole with dance, music, and storytelling.

Featured beverage: The Mad Hatter Martini

Related mainstage performance: Hong Kong Ballet’s “ALICE (in wonderland)” appears in the Peace Concert Hall on April 21, 2020.

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