Merging the folklore roots of home country Venezuela, modern production, and Andalusian inspirations, Nella's sound resounds in every corner of the globe. Skyrocketing to international renown, her success has been fueled by her powerhouse voice and undeniable presence. Her full-length debut album, Voy (I Go) received acclaim from NPR and yielded the hit “Me Llaman Nella” ("They Call Me Nella") which surpassed 1.4 million Spotify streams and 1.4 million views on YouTube. In addition, the title track was named the 14th best song of 2019, in any genre, by The New York Times.
Not only has she packed venues throughout the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, and the UK, but she has also accompanied Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer López, Carlos Vives, Luis Enrique, Susana Baca, Los Amigos Invisibles, Monsieur Periné, Caramelos de Cianuro and Guaco as a soloist. This savvy singer is not to be missed!
Presented in partnership with OLA of Eastern Long Island
Vienna, 1938: Austria is occupied by the Nazis. Dr. Josef Bartok (Oliver Masucci) is preparing to flee to America with his wife Anna when he is arrested by the Gestapo. As a former notary to the deposed Austrian aristocracy, he is told to help the local Gestapo leader gain access to their private bank accounts in order to fund the Nazi regime. Refusing to cooperate, Bartok is locked in solitary confinement. Just as his mind is beginning to crack, Bartok happens upon a book of famous chess games. To withstand the torture of isolation, Bartok disappears into the world of chess, maintaining his sanity only by memorizing every move. As the action flashes forward to a transatlantic crossing on which he is a passenger, it seems as though Bartok has finally found freedom. But recounting his story to his fellow travelers, it's clear that his encounters with both the Gestapo and with the royal game itself have not stopped haunting him. Adapted with opulent attention to period detail by filmmaker and opera director Philipp Stölzl, CHESS STORY brings Stefan Zweig's stirring final novella to life.
Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama's convictions and call into question our own judgement.
The Lost King
In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. THE LOST KING is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country's most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England's history.
“Let’s go see a poetry show.” That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed “an amazing ride” by the New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert”. These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.
Grades 6 - 12
Mayhem Poets’ SLAM POETRY
“Let’s go see a poetry show.”
That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed “an amazing ride” by the New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert”. These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.
After more than forty years of music making, the pioneering, Louisiana-born artist has returned to the gritty blues foundation that first inspired her as a young singer-songwriter in the late 1970s. Williams has traveled a long road since her 1979 debut, Ramblin’ on My Mind, followed by Happy Woman Blues, her first album of originals released forty years ago in 1980. Over the course of fourteen remarkable albums, three Grammy awards, and countless accolades, including Time’s Songwriter of the Year of 2001, Williams is beloved for her singular vocals and extraordinary songs. Her recent double albums, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014) and Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016), released on her own label, received some of the best reviews of her career. Don’t miss this WHBPAC favorite when she returns to our stage this April!
An Afternoon for Arias
Opera's Greatest Hits!
From Verdi to Wagner, Puccini to Bizet, and many more, this opera event will bring the best arias and duets to WHBPAC's stage!
Delight in the soaring talents of Sopranos Amanda Levy and Mélissa Danis and Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Fee as they sing the most memorable and beloved operatic tunes!
Translations will be provided and a Q & A with the artists will follow the performance.
It’s Okay to be Different
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores important and timely subjects. It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, The Earth Book, is a sweet homage to our beautiful planet inspiring readers of all ages to do their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. This is My Hair is a funny exploration of how silly hair can be and that no matter how your hair looks, always feel good about yourself.
Grades PreK – 3
The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school. Again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief. He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Grades 2 - 6
Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.
Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music. Don't miss your chance to see the original in such an intimate venue!
Kevin James: The Irregardless Tour
Kevin James is a multi-talented comedian, actor, and producer who has achieved remarkable success in the entertainment industry. He started his journey as a stand-up comic on Long Island and quickly rose to fame after being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival. With his own sitcom, The King of Queens, he became a household name, earning him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. James has produced and starred in numerous hit TV shows, films, and comedy specials, showcasing his unique brand of humor and impeccable timing. From Paul Blart: Mall Cop to Pixels, his work has captivated audiences around the world, earning him critical acclaim and a loyal fan following. With multiple ongoing projects on Netflix, Kevin James continues to cement his position as one of the most talented and versatile entertainers in the industry today.
Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with a journey through the past 50 years of Pride Anthems. From Donna Summer and Queen to George Michael, Erasure, Madonna, Lady Gaga and much more, these essential songs take us from disco to the present day. The story of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality is linked to this music, which evokes the struggles, heartache, and liberation of queer lives then and now.
PRIDE ANTHEMS creates a vibrant musical experience that celebrates, inspires and commemorates the legacy and power of the Stonewall Riots, and takes you on a musical and cultural journey through the past 50 years to today. With stars from Broadway, cabaret and beyond, PRIDE ANTHEMS is show for all ages to come together in song and celebration of where the LGBTQ+ community has come from and how far it has come since Stonewall!
The Fast Lane
THE FAST LANE has gained the reputation of being the truest sounding Eagles Tribute Band in the World. Their renditions of Eagles classics have been recognized by many in the industry. They are receiving praise throughout North America and Europe. The Fast Lane has also been heralded by the International Press Association's Pat Ryder who wrote, "If you didn't know better, you'd swear you were really at an Eagles concert!". The band has quickly risen through the ranks of the tribute scene, and gone from opening act to headliner almost overnight. One listen to The Fast Lane is all it will take to make even the most Die-Hard Eagles lover a fan for life!
Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base
Over 25 years in comedy, Gary Gulman has established himself as an eminent performer and peerless writer. His most recent standup special for HBO, “The Great Depresh,” is a universally acclaimed, tour de force look at mental illness, equal parts hilarious and inspiring.
A product of Boston, Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant, and a high school teacher. He has made countless television appearances as both a comedian and an actor.
He is currently writing a memoir for Flatiron Books, tentatively titled “K Through 12.”
llana Glazer is a creator and comedian who co-created and co-starred in the critically acclaimed series BROAD CITY. Her debut stand-up comedy special, THE PLANET IS BURNING is on Amazon Prime, and her film FALSE POSITIVE which she co-wrote and starred in, was produced by A24 and available on Hulu. Most recently, you can see her in THE AFTERPARTY for Apple TV+. Ilana is also the co-founder of the non-profit Generator Collective, which was founded in 2016. Generator Collective defines minimal civic engagement and aims to humanize policy through people-powered stories on social media.
Westhampton Beach Concours
Rev your engines because the WHBPAC Concours is back!
Sponsorship opportunities are now available - contact Christine Alford, Director of Development 631-288-2350 x117.