Welcome to our 2017-2018 Season! It's hard to believe that it's already my third season at Symphony Space. I am thrilled to share with you some of the wonderful, engaging, and stimulating events we have coming up.
We open with Project Americana, a series of events featuring leading American voices celebrating uniquely American arts, experiences, and ideas. Highlights include a special Selected Shorts hosted by the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, and cultural critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In his first appearance here, Gates hosts an evening of readings and commentary from his latest curated work The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers.
Two days later on November 3, I am excited to welcome the legendary Sweet Honey In The Rock for their Symphony Space debut. This a cappella group inspires. For over four decades, they have celebrated the African American experience through song and dance, educating, empowering, and entertaining.
In another highlight, poet, novelist and filmmaker Sherman Alexie returns for a special literary event on the 10th anniversary of his semi-autobiographical The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the US's entry into World War I. So on Veteran's Day, we're having a special event, featuring actor, writer, and longtime friend Stephen Lang. This poignant theatrical event explores the incredible story of Charles White Whittlesey and the Lost Battalion with a new script, written by Lang himself in collaboration with historian Harold Holzer.
I love our fall lineup. It's packed with literature and music events, family programming, and great films. I am pleased to welcome some of my favorite writers like Nicole Krauss, Nathan Englander, and Jennifer Egan discussing their latest books as part of the Thalia Book Club series.
Then there's the music! Coming up in October are concerts with exciting young artists Liz Vice and Amythyst Kiah. We've also got a world premiere by composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, perhaps best known as a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. We're also pleased to bring you a free concert by an exciting young group called The Orchestra of Now, conducted by former director of the Seattle Symphony Gerald Schwartz.
Last but not least, we're having an early Mardi Gras here at Symphony Space. In December, we'll be celebrating New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, with The Big Easy on the Hudson.
It's my pleasure to introduce you to these events of art, discussion, collaboration, and celebration. I look forward to seeing you here.