-- Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre to Present Zenen Zeferino and Radio Jarocho in Association with Kupferberg Center for the Arts–Queens College and New York City Children’s Theater --
QUEENS, NY, May 9, 2017−In association with Kupferberg Center at Queens College and New York City Children's Theater, composer, musician and children's book author Zenen Zeferino will perform a one-hour, family-friendly concert at Joe’s Pub on May 21 at 3 pm and 7 pm. The concert will feature Radio Jarocho, one of the premiere Mexican music groups in New York City. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Tickets: $20 reserved seating, plus $12 food/drink minimum Tickets on sale at: www.publictheater.org/Tickets.
Zenen and Radio Jarocho will play traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico, and original compositions, including songs that inspired Zoongoro Bailongo, Zenen's collection of children's stories about animals who transform into musical instruments. New York City Children’s Theater and Kupferberg Center for the Arts have commissioned playwright Georgina Escobar to adapt Zoongoro Bailongo for the stage, with a tour to New York City schools and community venues planned for fall 2017.
ABOUT ZENEN ZEFERINO AND RADIO JAROCHO
Zenen Zeferino Huervo is a jarana player, singer, composer, and poet from Veracruz, Mexico. Born in a family of traditional musicians, Zenen has been one of the major figures in the field of son jarocho (the traditional music of Veracruz) and is largely responsible for reviving the genre in contemporary performance and recording after it had almost disappeared during the 1960s and 1970s. He is currently in New York City doing an artistic residency with Radio Jarocho, pioneers in the preservation of son jarocho on the East Coast and strong promoters of Mexican music and dance in the United States since 2005.
ABOUT KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS – QUEENS COLLEGE
Kupferberg Center for the Arts (KCA) is the largest multi-disciplinary arts complex in Queens, named “Best place to visit in 2015” by Lonely Planet. With performances by world-class artists in our on-campus venues; regional and local talent in our off-site neighborhood performances; and professionally-produced shows by Queens College’s students and faculty, KCA’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible and affordable cultural attractions to the Queens College community and the borough’s 2.3 million residents. In addition to the star-studded events that take place at its home at Queens College, Kupferberg Center connects the communities of Queens by presenting diverse programming throughout the borough. With over 50 free yearly concerts and exhibitions by international acts and local artists in many of our neighborhoods, KCA seeks to cross cultural boundaries and link the diverse populations of our borough as well as to attract people from outside Queens to our parks, libraries, schools, and plazas.
Kupferberg Center for the Arts also creates wide-reaching programs that are changing the city’s cultural landscape. The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), spearheaded by KCA, is a residency program that provides local dance companies and choreographers with subsidized rehearsal and performance spaces on 13 CUNY campuses throughout the five boroughs. This project, which reimagines the use of underutilized spaces for artistic residencies, has been garnering attention from national publications, cultural organizations, and major donors. Visit www.kupferbergcenter.org for more information.
ABOUT NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER
New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) is a nonprofit organization that creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together. In 1996, New York City Children’s Theater began as the family theater and education program of the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre. It became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001.
Over the last 20 years, our local and nationally recognized arts-in-education programs and professional theater productions have served over 250,000 children and adults across all five boroughs and surrounding communities in the tristate area.