Eight performances: September 19-22 & 26-29, 2013

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

Theater II

Tickets: $28

Staller Center is pleased to welcome back Asylum Theatre with Kimberly Akimbo. Set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

Mr. Lindsay-Abaire was called “a playwright to watch closely” early in his career.  He went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for Rabbit Hole. In 2011 his play about South Boston, Good People, was nominated for two Tony Awards. Among other works, he wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical.


Asylum Theatre’s production is directed by Valeri Lantz-Gefroh.  Last season’s cast members from the Staller Center production of The Clean House return as an ensemble: Deborah Mayo, Steven Lantz-Gefroh, Catherine Zambri, and Laura Ross, joined this year by Rob Doyle.  Kimberly Akimbo is a co-production of Staller Center, Asylum Theatre, the Oberon Foundation and Stony Brook’s Department Arts.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:00pm

Recital Hall - $46


The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy’s® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year,” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.



In what was the first member change since 1979, the Emerson Quartet welcomed Paul Watkins as its cellist in May, 2013. Mr. Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and dedicated chamber musician, joins the ensemble for their 37th season, performing with his new colleagues extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


This concert is the first of three that the Emerson Quartet will be performing at Staller Center in 2013-2014.


The program will include:

Haydn Quartet Op. 20, No. 3

Benjamin Britten Quartet No. 2

Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No. 1



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Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Main Stage - $40

Sponsored by Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He will read from his work in an evening that promises to be both hilarious and original. In his new book of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, the humorist turns a wry eye on his adopted home in rural England, his childhood, and the annoying people he comes across in airport lounges. “It’s a bizarre and stimulating world tour,” notes a reviewer. “All the wit, charm, and poignancy his readers have come to expect,” writes another.

Sedaris is the author of many best-selling books including Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.

Sedaris broke through in 1992 when NPR’s This American Life aired his side-splitting essay SantaLand Diaries, a recounting of his stint as a Macy's department store Christmas elf. With readings made up of well-worn material, works-in-progress, and even diary entries, every public reading by Mr. Sedaris is an event.

"I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out."  David Sedaris

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Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Main Stage - $46
Sponsored by Forest Laboratories, Inc. 

- The Broadway musical comedy based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams -

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story about the fateful night the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday Addam's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is created by Jersey Boys' authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa, with direction by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks. The Addams Family will feature a live orchestra ensemble. Coming to Staller Center just in time to be your favorite Halloween treat!

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Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Main Stage - $15

Not Just for Kids - Presented by Bank of America

The whimsical and witty stunts of the KamiKaze FireFlies will keep you and your family laughing from beginning to end.

With gravity-defying juggling, cube spinning, stilt-walking and other daring acts, the two vaudeville-style performers delight all age groups. The Kamikaze FireFlies features Rob Williams (formerly of the renowned comedy troupe The Flaming Idiots) and Casey Martin (formerly of the acrobatic show Barely Balanced) in a kooky, action-packed performance.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013  at 7:00 pm

Main Stage - $46

Sponsored by The Donaldson Organization

Violin sensation Midori returns to the Staller Center with sonatas by Mozart, Bloch, Hindemith, Faure and Schubert.

Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 31 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. Named a Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, she has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives.

Midori’s 2013-2014 season will bring her first performances in India, Iceland and Africa, the UK premiere of the new violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös, multiple engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia, and four recital tours with pianist Özgür Aydin. She will be featured on two new recordings: the first, of the Hindemith violin concerto, with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach; the second, a recital program with Mr. Aydin in the music of Shostakovich, Janáč…ek and Bloch. She will conduct community engagement programs in four different countries and five different communities within the U.S., and continue her leadership role at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music as Chair of the Strings Department.

Midori will perform with pianist Ozgur Aydin.

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MOZART                          Sonata in F Major, K. 377

BLOCH                            Sonata No. 2, “Poeme Mystique”

HINDEMITH                    Sonata in E Major

FAURE                             Sonata in A Major, Op. 13

SCHUBERT                      Rondo brillante in B minor, D. 895

Program subject to change.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $40

Affectionately known as America’s dance company, the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor and eclectic live music accompaniments—a feature of every performance since 1996—as well as its ability to make classical music visible through dance.

A native of Seattle, Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. By 1991 the Group had expanded its touring schedule to include major cities in the United States and Europe. Mark Morris became famous for many dances including The Hard Nut, a spectacular dance performance set to the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker score. Don’t miss one of the world’s leading dance companies.

Program - All live music except for A Wooden Tree

Excursions (music by Samuel Barber, Excursions for the Piano) 6 dancers

Crosswalk (music by Carl Maria von Weber, Grand Duo Concertant, for clarinet and piano) 11 dancers

A Wooden Tree (recordings of music by Ivor Cutler, Here's a Heath for Simon;Stick Out Your Chest; The Market Place; Rubber Toy; Trouble, Trouble; Little Black Buzzer; I Got No Common Sense; Deedle, Deedly, I Pass; A Wooden Tree; Phonic Poem; I'm Going in a Field; I Love You But I Don't Know What I Mean; Beautiful Cosmos; Cockadoodledon't) 8 dancers

Grand Duo (music by Lou Harrison, Grand Duo for Violin and Piano) 14 dancers




"Whether the effect is joyous, bombastic or quiet as can be, the connective tissue in Mr. Morris’ choreography is rhythm."

-The New York Times

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $34

Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio


Starry Nights’ artistic director, Colin Carr, gathers some of Stony Brook’s leading artists-in-residence for an inspired, eclectic concert. Note the abundance of “fours” in this highly original Starry Nights program. Four cellists play the Bach Chaconne. Four clarinetists play one of Latin America’s pre-eminent composer’s work. And Beethoven isn’t forgotten.

The program will include:

Paul Hindemith Fugue

Peter Maxwell Davies Yesnaby Ground

Vincent Rose Blueberry Hill

Conradin Kreutzer Das tote Fagott for bassoon, baritone and piano

Bach Chaconne in d minor arranged for four cellos

Beethoven Septet in E flat major


Artists will include David Brooks, piano; Colin Carr, cello; Arnold Choi, cello; Katie Duke, horn; Ann Ellsworth, horn; John Gattis, horn; Zachary Hobin, double bass; Chester Howard, clarinet; Julia Min Jeong Kang, cello; Soovin Kim, violin; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Phuc Phan, cello; Kathleen Ray, horn; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Eren Tuncer, viola.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $46

Sponsored by Teachers Federal Credit Union


Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to the concert stage after winning a record-tying fifth Tony Award® for her unforgettable performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and completing four seasons on the hit ABC television series “Private Practice.”

Joined by a jazz ensemble, the two-time Grammy Award®-winning singer will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies, and original pieces written especially for her. This extraordinary artist is at the height of her expressive powers.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times noted, "One of Ms. McDonald's greatest gifts is to find the story inside the song and deliver it with immediacy and clarity, in a voice that finds a flexible, intuitive balance between storytelling and singing - a defining voice of our time."


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Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Main Stage - $34

Sponsored by WALK 97.5 RADIO


The hills come alive when Austria's treasured marionette theater comes to Staller Center as part of the company's 100th Anniversary season. They bring with them their most famous production—The Sound of Music—just in time for the holidays!


The beautiful score of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is brought to life with skilled puppeteers and a spectacular set, creating a mesmerizing spectacle for all ages. The familiar songs and words of The Sound of Music create a magical show in the hands of the Salzburg Marionettes. Take this opportunity to enjoy the pageantry and simplicity of the world's greatest marionette company in this rare visit to the United States.

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"Wynton Marsalis has waged a nearly 30-year battle to preserve the heart and soul of jazz for generations to come." - The Daily News


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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra






Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Main Stage - $46

Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra present a Big Band Holidays concert with choice instrumental arrangements from such key Swing Era masters as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

Singing with the band is the sensational 24-year-old 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with freshness, expressivity, and soulfulness gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra “all jazz is modern.”






Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Recital Hall - $40

RenaissanceJazz sponsored by

Renaissance Technologies

Sharon Isbin - guitar

Stanley Jordan - jazz guitar

Romero Lubambo - Brazilian guitar


Three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of Latin music, Brazilian music and jazz. Three-time Grammy-Award winner Sharon Isbin teams up with the iconic jazz master Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s leading guitarist Romero Lubambo for a guitar extravaganza.


Sharon Isbin has been called the Monet of the classical guitar, a master colorist.

Jazz guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan is famous for his bold reinventions and collaborations. He revolutionized jazz guitar when he found a way to play melody, bass and chords at the same time, tapping strings with both hands.

Romero Lubambo’s fluency in jazz and Brazilian idioms are likely the envy of most serious guitarists in both cultures.

The Guitar Passions program will include works by composers Isaac Albéniz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gentil Montaña, and many other passionate artists.

Enjoy an intimate setting for a very special guitar concert.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $34

The frozen and spectacular Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, is the home of unique folk dance art. Traditional dances and songs have been passed down over hundreds of years, and everything from the costume design to the dancing is breathtaking.

The National Dance Company of Siberia, with over 50 dancers, has captivated audiences around the world, touring more than 60 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. These wonderfully trained professionals will transport you to another world with their virtuoso performances, leaving a deep impression of an exotically different evening of dance.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $40
RenaissanceJazz sponsored by

Renaissance Technologies

Long Island native Jane Monheit returns to the Staller Center with songs from her new album The Heart of the Matter. A leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition, the Grammy-nominated vocalist has recorded nine studio albums and has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. Her latest album features a diverse and very personal set of songs including standards, compositions by Lennon/McCartney, Randy Newman and, for the first time, a Monheit original.


"Everything I’m singing now is a reflection of my truest self.  After all this time in the industry, it’s time to just be me, with complete and utter freedom."  - Jane Monheit


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GALA 2014


Bill Cosby


Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Main Stage - $75


One of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time, Bill Cosby brings his famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family to the Staller Center stage. His humor often centers on the basic cornerstones of our existence, seeking to provide an insight into our roles as parents, children, family members, and men and women. A true pioneer in comedy, Bill Cosby’s appeal transcends age, gender and cultural boundaries for the perfect event for the entire family. One of the most influential stars in America today through concert appearances, recordings, television, films, commercials and education, BILL COSBY has truly done it all.

In the 1960s, Bill Cosby's stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling and award-winning comedy albums. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom.

Join us for a once in a lifetime night at Staller.




Wednesday, March 12, 2014 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 programmed by Colin Carr, artistic director. Enjoy a glorious All-Mozart program to greet the spring. World-renowned artists-in-residence come together for an intimate evening in this all-string program.

Mozart Overture to Marriage of Figaro (arranged for four cellos)

with Colin Carr, Michael Katz, Rebecca Proietto, Maria Martinez


Mozart Quintet in G minor K516

with David Bowlin, Eugene Drucker, Nicholas Cords, Arnaud Ghillebaert, 

Colin Carr


Mozart Grande Sestetto Concertante in E flat major (arranged for string sextet)

Transcription by Gunther Schuller of Sinfonia Concertante K364

with Eugene Drucker, David Bowlin, Larry Dutton, Nicholas Cords, Colin Carr, Maria Martinez

Program subject to change.

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Sunday,  March 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Recital Hall - $15

Not Just for Kids - Presented by Bank of America


Take a trip back in time with Alex the Jester, a court jester complete with floppy hat, curly shoes, and laughs galore. This Medieval tradition of foolery and side-splitting fun is recreated in Staller Center’s intimate Recital Hall. Although Alex the Jester primarily uses body language and actions to communicate, he surprises the audience with his fluency in the gibberish jester language of Grammelot. Filled with hilarious surprises of the imagination, the show has travelled the world over, receiving rave reviews along the way.

A show for all ages.



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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage - $40
Sponsored by Times Beacon Record Newspapers

After experiencing a major rebirth, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to Staller Center. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, the company has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, now under the artistic leadership of former prima ballerina Virginia Johnson, is one of America’s dance treasures and its first African-American classical ballet company. The company was revitalized with support from the Ford Foundation and now features some of the most exceptionally-trained dancers performing today. Its tour will feature new works as well as Balanchine classics.

The new Dance Theatre of Harlem: "It’s not just a dance company. It’s a message." - Virginia Johnson

The presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem was made possible in part by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $46

The Emerson Quartet returns to Staller Center in its second concert of the season joined by flutist and Stony Brook Artist-in-Residence, Carol Wincenc.

Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello, make up the Quartet. As Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University in the Department of Music, the members of the Emerson serve as faculty and mentors.

The Emerson is an exclusive artist for Sony Classical, and has a new release planned that includes its newest member, cellist Paul Watkins. 

The program:

Shostakovich 11th Quartet, Op. 122 (1966)

Mozart Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298

Arthur Foote Two Pieces for Flute and String Quartet

    Night Piece


Beethoven Quartet in E Minor, op. 59#2


Program subject to change.

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TAO returns!  Back by popular demand.   


Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage - $40
Sponsored by NBTY

In TAO’s new production, athletic performers in contemporary costumes perform explosive Taiko drumming with innovative choreography and a dose of humor. TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming has massive international appeal.


Each TAO performer brings nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds. These dynamic men and women will offer a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional art form.

TAO has brought its performance to 17 countries, 400 cities, and 5 million spectators worldwide. See their incredible show at Staller Center.   

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $34

RenaissanceJazz sponsored by

Renaissance Technologies

Anyone lucky enough to see and hear Jon Batiste talks about his impressive magnetism.

Jazz fills the Recital Hall when Jon Batiste and Stay Human, a modern jazz ensemble noted for its world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit, takes the stage.

With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and ignites the NYC music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Mr. Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He has performed in over 40 countries, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., and Cassandra Wilson. Recently he appeared in the HBO television series Treme and in Spike Lee's film Red Hook Summer.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall - $46


The Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements: 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 an international reputation for groundbreaking chamber music projects and correlated recordings.

In addition to a career which has been unrivaled by any string quartet, the members of the Quartet are respected for their integrity, the tireless effort with which they reach out to others on behalf of the music they serve, and a unique generosity of spirit and enthusiasm.

The program:

Mozart Quartet, K. 428

Benjamin Britten Quartet, No. 3

Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No. 3

Program subject to change.


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Jim Henson's



Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00pm

Main Stage - $15

Not Just for Kids - Presented by Bank of America


Come see Sid the Science Kid, live on the Staller Center stage, based on the popular PBS Kids television show produced by

The Jim Henson Company.

Join Sid, May, Gabriela, Gerald and Teacher Susie as they take you on an exciting adventure filled with mysteries, laughs, and wonders about the world around us. From singing and dancing to discovering and problem solving, this interactive show will excite the curiosity in everyone. With Sid the Science Kid, we can explore the science of the unknown together! Directed by John Tartaglia, puppeteer and actor who brought ImaginOcean to Staller Center.



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