Eight performances: September 20-23 & 27-30, 2012

Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $28


Staller Center opens the season with The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, a whimsical, romantic comedy. You’ll meet Matilde, a Brazilian maid who hates cleaning; her employer Lane, a driven American doctor; Lane’s surgeon husband Charles; and other unforgettable characters. The Clean House explores how far we are willing to go for the ones we love. The play will be staged in one of the Center’s intimate black box theaters.


The Clean House received the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Asylum Theatre Company, a group of professional actors, has staged a range of productions over the past decade including The Tempest, which was honored with inclusion into the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Festival.


The Clean House is a co-production of Staller Center, Asylum Theatre, Stony Brook’s Department of Theatre Arts and the Oberon Foundation. 


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Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $42

RenaissanceJazz sponsored by

Renaissance Technologies




Acclaimed alto saxophonist David Sanborn returns to Staller Center in the intimate Recital Hall. The winner of six Grammy Awards with 24 albums to his name, Sanborn has worked in genres that range from blues, to funk, pop, smooth jazz, soul jazz, free jazz and any other kind of jazz there is left to explore. As one of the premier saxophonists of this era, Mr. Sanborn has worked with the Rolling Stones, Gil Evans, Eric Clapton, Albert King, David Bowie, Joss Stone, and many others. Join us for a special evening.





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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 8:00pm

Recital Hall - $42


The Program:

Brahms Sextet in G Major with Paul Neubauer, viola and Colin Carr, cello

Brahms A minor Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2

Shostakovich 12th Quartet, Op. 133


Eugene Drucker (Violin); Philip Setzer (Violin); Lawrence Dutton (Viola); David Finckel (Cello)


Stony Brook’s Staller Center is proud to host the Emerson String

Quartet. The Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements over

three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987,

nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album,

an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three

Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and cycles of

the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich

string quartets.


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Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $34


The magnetic Spanish singer Buika comes to Staller Center with her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul and blues. From the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain, she has performed the world over and shared the stage with Chucho Valdés at Carnegie Hall.  Buika has collaborated with Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and multi-platinum recording artist Seal. Don’t miss this luminous artist when she performs with her band.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $38

Sponsored by Times Beacon Record Newspapers




The razor-sharp comedian Colin Quinn brings his fast-paced stand-up routine to Staller Center’s Recital Hall. He recently starred on Broadway in his self-written oneman show Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, which became an HBO special.


A native of Brooklyn who attended Stony Brook University, Colin Quinn began his career in New York as a regular on the comedy show circuit. He spent five years on “Saturday Night Live” and then starred in the Comedy Central series “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” He played on Broadway in Colin Quinn—An Irish Wake and has appeared in many movies.





"We haven’t changed since

time began…When we started, it was

all about food, clothing and shelter.

Now we watch Top Chef, Project

Runway, and Extreme Makeover:

Home Edition."

Colin Quinn


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

4:00 pm

Main Stage - $15

Not Just for Kids

Presented by Bank of America



Witness the gravity defying juggling and stunts of Owen Morse and Jon Wee as they keep you laughing throughout their new comedy show: Gravity Attacks! This dynamic duo has received international acclaim for their talent and humor and has performed at The White House. From catching flying chainsaws and flaming torches to cruising around on Segways, The Passing Zone guys will have you gasping in delight.


A show for all ages.              


**We are turning our coatroom into a charging station Sunday afternoon so folks without power can charge their cell phones and other electronics during the 90 minute show that begins at 4:00 pm (charging station will be starting about 3:00 pm)


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Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $34

Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio


Artists-in-residence perform works in an

intimate setting, with Colin Carr, artistic

director, programming outstanding chamber

music from the wide repertoire.


Takashi Yoshimatsu Fuzzy Bird Sonata

I. Run, Bird

II. Sing, Bird

III. Fly, Bird


Scott Litroff, saxophone

Michael Smith, piano


Robert Schumann Piano Trio in d minor (1847)

Gilbert Kalish, piano

Christina McGann, violin

Colin Carr, cello


Olivier Messiaen Visions de l’Amen for two pianos (1943)

Gilbert Kalish, piano

Christina Dahl, piano

Join us for two startlingly different chamber works in this evening’s Starry Nights program.


From quintessential romantic composer Robert Schumann comes one of the most definitive romantic piano trios ever written.


From the mystical composer Olivier Messiaen comes one of his first works after being released as a prisoner of war—and his first

collaboration with his future wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod. Visions de l’Amen is a work that contains dissonance, chant-like hymns,

rhythmic difficulties, charm and sensuality.


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DONKA - A letter to Chekhov



Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $38


The great magic of the circus pays homage to Russian playwright

and physician Anton Chekhov in a show of visions, dancers,

acrobats and jugglers. Donka is the latest creation of Daniele

Finzi Pasca—already confirmed as a leading figure on the

international theatre scene and author of unforgettable shows for

Cirque Eloize and Cirque du Soleil.


In a stream-of-consciousness love-letter to Chekhov you’ll see a

dream-like world of performers portraying the parade of students,

doctors and dreamers that populate Chekhov’s literary landscape.

Donka is a theatrical work accompanied by the exotic sounds of old

Russia. Come to a performance you will not soon forget.


An international cast animates the stage, while music spreads like a resonant carpet, recalling the atmosphere of

far away Russia.


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Poets & Prayers

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm; Recital Hall - $38

RenaissanceJazz sponsored by

Renaissance Technologies


Turtle Island, the Grammy Award winning string quartet that redefined chamber jazz, is a perennial favorite at the Staller Center. Acclaimed vocalist Tierney Sutton also returns to Staller Center, joining Turtle Island as they present their historic collaboration Poets & Prayers. In an evening that moves from the spiritual Wade in the Water to Joni Mitchell’s All I Want to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, join us for a concert that celebrates the muse in all its forms.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 8:00pm

Recital Hall - $42


The Program:

Mozart D Major Quartet, K. 499 “Hoffmeister”

Bartok 3rd Quartet

Dvorak D minor Quartet, Op. 34


The Emerson Quartet is Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer,

violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and David Finckel, cello. Since

2002, in addition to their busy concert schedule touring the

world, the Emerson has been Quartet-in-Residence at Stony

Brook University, where they coach chamber music, give

master classes and provide instrumental instruction.


Program subject to change.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Main Stage - $38
In a fully choreographed theatrical production, the Shaolin
bring a new show to Staller Center. Performed by
disciples of the Shaolin schools, known throughout the world
for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess, these
Kung Fu masters have trained from a very young age in mental
and physical disciplines, which allow them to perform feats
one thought only possible in the movies.



The remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular

imagery of Kung Fu.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $34

RenaissanceJazz sponsored

by Renaissance Technologies

Live at Birdland features the Birdland Big Band in a setting designed to recreate the ambience and experience of an evening spent at the world’s most famous jazz mecca. This ensemble goes far beyond the standard set list of a 21st century jazz orchestra, exploring music from every corner of the globe. The Birdland Big Band is one of NYC’s most popular musical attractions, playing one night only in the Staller Center Recital Hall.



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Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Main Stage - $15

Not Just for Kids

Presented by Bank of America

See the legendary stories of Hans Christian Andersen and Aesop in an entirely new light. This show integrates digital technology with music from classical to jazz to pop. The beloved characters emerge from the darkness in wires of light, telling their tales of harrowing journeys through illuminated movement. Will the ugly duckling find enough courage to become a beautiful swan? Does slow and steady actually win the race? Brought to you by Corbian/Lightwire Theater, the creators of the hit 2010 Staller Center show, Darwin the Dinosaur.

Recommended for grades K-4.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $34
Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio

The stars of the classical music world come out for a night of beautiful chamber music.

Works of two Russian composers are on the program: Anton Arensky’s 'two cello' quartet, written in memory of his friend and mentor Tchaikovsky, and Tchaikovsky's own string sextet Souvenir de Florence, his last work for a chamber ensemble. Don’t miss this delightful evening of music by remarkable

string virtuosos.



Arensky Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos

Soovin Kim, violin

Nicholas Cords, viola

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello

Colin Carr, cello



Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence for string sextet

Philip Setzer, violin

Hyewon Kim, violin

Nicholas Cords, viola

Chieh-Fan Yiu, viola

Susanna Mendlow, cello

Colin Carr, cello



Program and artists subject to change.


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Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $38

Sponsored by WALK 97.5 Radio


Motionhouse’s physical, dynamic dancers’ inspiration is the majesty and savagery of water in their stunning show entitled “Scattered.” The performance draws on theatre, acrobatics and film, incorporating a curved floor bathed in video that disappears skyward. Motionhouse is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost dance theatre companies, touring award-winning productions throughout the world.


“Motionhouse’s work is some of the most startling and original performance-based contemporary dance,” notes Sir Richard Taylor,

creator of special effects for the Lord of the Rings films.  "The sheer talent of the performers leaves the viewer utterly amazed.''


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What critics are saying about Motionhouse:


"...This multi-media presentation is part IMAX, part X Games and part Olympics."


"the dancers mesmerized us as they trampolined, flipped, and slid down and even up…"


"absolutely amazing" 


"decidedly modern and thrilling to watch" 







Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $34


Raisin’ Cane, called a ‘Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,’ stars the talented and versatile Jasmine Guy, actress (A Different World), singer and dancer. This dramatic production depicts Harlem in the 1920’s: a pent up explosion of brilliant prose, poetry, politics and music of African-Americans who were ready to have their say.


Backed by a superb original score performed by the Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin’ Cane features striking photos and paintings of the artists and inhabitants of Harlem during this period, and is a unique theatrical experience unlike any other.


It was an exceptional time.
It was our time.


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GALA 2013

A Broadway Evening with

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Laura Benanti


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Main Stage - $65


Staller Center hosts two Tony Award winners as special musical guests for Gala 2013, showcasing Broadway favorites and standards.


Support Staller Center by attending the Gala and enjoy an evening of song with two of Broadway’s best talents.

Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television, film and recordings, along with
appearances in the great American concert halls. Broadway career highlights include Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate and
Ragtime. Enjoy the rich baritone voice of Broadway’s acclaimed leading man.

Laura Benanti charms audiences with her glorious, expressive soprano. She portrayed Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in the Patti
LuPone revival of Gypsy. Selected Broadway credits include The Sound of Music, Swing!, Into The Woods, Nine, and Women on
the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.


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Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Main Stage - $15
Not Just for Kids
Presented by Bank of America


Feel the rhythm as eight of the best young tap dancers in the country lead you through a coming of age story. Familiar characters emerge, from a quiet nerd to a confident athlete. Tap Kids dance their way through some of the most memorable milestones—a first love, the school dance and graduation. Friendships and connections happen between unlikely pairs.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.



See a world filled with hopes and dreams through the eyes, ears and tapping feet of these talented performers.


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Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage - $38
Sponsored by Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Celtic Nights is a unique show featuring the finest male and female voices of the Celtic world, showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. In this glittering production, six of
Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complemented by six of its most accomplished step dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who carved out a home in the New World.  In Celtic Nights, their story is told, through the power and majesty of music and dancing feet.

Traditional ballads, vivid choreography and the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Main Stage - $42
Sponsored by Teachers Federal Credit Union

Take a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musicals of the last fifty years. The show features a cast of fourteen wonderful singers and dancers, and lots of costume changes. Enjoy film clips of your favorite movies from Singing in the Rain and Grease, to West Side Story and Dirty Dancing. Hooray for Hollywood performers sing and dance to over thirty songs including “Staying Alive,” “All that Jazz,” “Dancing Queen,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and many more!  Watch as lights, camera, action unfolds live on stage.

Hollywood’s Greatest Song and Dance Live on Stage

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Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $34


Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) will be sung by Randall Scarlata, baritone, accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish. A haunting setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, the songs follow the lonely winter journey of a poet whose love has left him for another. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the greatest song cycles ever written.


Mr. Scarlata has been described by The Boston Globe as having “the vocal wherewithal to do just about anything he wants.” Gilbert Kalish’s profound influence as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making.


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Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage - $34


Dance Brazil’s high-powered fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement and modern dance brings athletic energy and grace to the Staller Center stage. The moves of the ensemble are inspired by capoeira, a uniquely Brazilian form that combines martial arts and dance. Artistic director Jelon Vieira’s new work, which premiered at New York City’s Joyce Theater in the spring of 2012, “Dance Like a Fight – Fight Like A Dance,” crystallized their style in a title.


Enjoy the ensemble’s dazzling artistry inspired by
the cultural tapestry of Brazil.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:00pm

Recital Hall - $42


The Program:
Copland Lento Quartet
Berg “Lyric Suite” Quartet
Grieg G minor Quartet, Op. 27


The Emerson String Quartet, named after the American poet
and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, is based in New York
City. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer alternate in
the first chair position, while Lawrence Dutton plays viola
and David Finckel is the cellist.


"With musicians like this there must be some hope for
humanity."  – The Times (London)


Program subject to change.


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Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $38
RenaissanceJazz sponsored
by Renaissance Technologies


In Reverse Thread, world-renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter plays African folk melodies re-imagined, making music that’s jazzy and beautiful. By adding an accordion and kora, the West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers, Ms. Carter has found the perfect complement to her sumptuous sound. Some of the music from her album Reverse Thread is based on field recordings of singing by Ugandan Jews, other pieces layer the rhythms of African music with harmonies from India and Puerto Rico.


Whatever the source of inspiration, each work is better than the one before, resulting in a new and uplifting experience like no other.


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Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Main Stage - $15

Not Just For Kids
Presented by Bank of America


Acrobats of Cirque-tacular bring a heart-stopping, mindboggling
display of artistry and athleticism to Staller Center’s Main Stage. Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent,
concert hall, and Broadway stage in one fantastic evening. Indulge your curiosities and celebrate your senses as aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, illusionists, world record holders, and indescribable feats reignite your belief in human potential!  A perfect family show.


"impossibly cool-looking – The Economist"



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If you are holding tickets for Sunday, May 5, 2013:  As you may know, due to a power outage at Staller Center, the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular performance was postponed. The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular show has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 pm. Your May 5 tickets can be used on that day.



If you are unable to use your tickets and would like a refund, mail them back to the Staller Center Box Office or drop them off at the Box Office, Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm by Friday, May 24. A refund will be arranged.


The address is:

Staller Center Box Office

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook NY 11794-5425


If you have questions, please call the box office at  (631) 632-ARTS [2787].






Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage - $42
Sponsored by Holiday Inn Express - Stony Brook


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a marvelous company of male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles.


The “Trocks” comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance.
Men dance all the parts—heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies. Their performance will delight and amuse the most knowledgeable dance fans as well as novices to ballet.


A unique brand of ballet, dancing a fine line between high art and high camp.


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