Auburn, NY – The 2019-20 concert season at Auburn Public Theater opens this weekend with two fantastic nights of music. Friday September 13th the legendary Chico Freeman headlines a jazz quintet at 8pm on the Main Stage. The saxophonist, composer, and producer is heralded as one of the most important sax players of our time. He has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, and countless others. He is back in the states after more than a decade working in Europe. Freeman will lead a band including nationally recognized trumpeter Thomas Heberer, guitarist Omar Tamez from Monterrey Mexico, percussionist Harvey Sorgen and Peter Mack on bass. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 door and $10 student rush (with ID). This event is sponsored by Peter and Carol Maciulewicz.
Then, on Saturday September 14th at 8pm Frank Gambale Band will hit APT’s Main Stage. Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, Frank Gambale, will feature famed drummer Dennis Chambers in his band for the “Sweeping Across America Tour 2019.” They will be joined by Mike Pope on guitar and Sean Wayland on keyboard. Gambale exploded onto the L.A. scene in the early ‘80’s, experiencing a meteoric rise to fame, his playing was described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “ferocious.” Chick Corea says of Gambale “Everything you touch with your guitar turns gold – always has.” Tickets are $20 advance, $25 door and $10 student rush (with ID). This event is presented in partnership with DSP Shows.
The following weekend, APT’s theatrical season for 2019-20 begins with three performances of an original work, written and performed by the members of The Tubman Troupe, “A Gatherin’ Place.” APT is bringing “A Gatherin’ Place” to Syracuse at the SALTSpace 9/20 and 9/21, and then back home on APT’s Main Stage in Auburn on 9/27. The play is directed by Dr. Juhanna Rogers. A Q&A will follow all performances with the cast and director. The Tubman Troupe, founded in 2018 at Auburn Public Theater, is a performing arts group for women of color to celebrate all of who they are through performance. Tickets are $15, $5 student rush (with ID). These performances are made possible thanks to support from the Women’s Fund of CNY.
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Other Live Events at APT this Fall:
10/4 Root Shock with West End Blend
10/5 Shelby Zang & Friends Cabaret
10/18 Mike Powell
10/24 Cornell Jazz Ensemble
10/29 Shawn Mullins
11/2 Guitar Noir Part III with Mark Doyle
11/15 Andrew VanNorstrand
11/17 Jontavious Willis & “Blind Boy” Paxton
10/10-12 presented with Auburn Players’ “The Laramie Project”
10/19 Ahamed Weinberg
11/16 Mary Beth Barone
9/24 Shining a Light on Mental Health, with author Jacqueline Cioffa
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Auburn Public Theater is a non-profit multi-venue performing arts center located in the heart of downtown Auburn. Offering live events (music, comedy, theater, lectures), cinema, community events, a weekly open mic, arts education, & grants for artists and arts organizations, Auburn Public Theater is a place where all are welcome. Tickets to all events are available online at auburnpublictheater.org or by calling the box office on Fridays 10am-2pm and Mondays 10am-2pm at 315-253-6669. Tickets are also available on Eventbrite.com or by downloading the Eventbrite App to your phone. The box office opens 1 hour before all shows.