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Kupferberg Center for Arts Fall Season Includes Cyndi Lauper, Audra McDonald

Other performances for 2013-2104 season include Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and several ballets.

Image courtesy of Cyndi Lauper's Facebook page.
Image courtesy of Cyndi Lauper's Facebook page.

Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts will host a wide variety of performances as part of its 2013-2014 season, including ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper, Broadway legend Audra McDonald and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Leon Denmark, the artistic director for Kupferberg Presents, said this season’s roster was especially diverse.

“We are proud of the range of high-profile events that we are bringing to the Queens community this season,” he said. “Kupferberg Presents is committed to consistently featuring top-tier artists in our three newly renovated on-campus venues where Queens residents will be able to see world-class entertainers right in their own borough.”

The center, located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, will kick off its new season on Oct. 5 with an 8 p.m. performance by Broadway’s Audra McDonald at the Colden Auditorium.

She will be joined onstage by a jazz ensemble for an evening of songs that will be her only New York City performance this fall.

McDonald has won two Grammy Awards, five Tony Awards and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. At her Kupferberg performance, she will sing tunes from her Broadway career as well as songs from her latest album, “Go Back Home.”

Queens native Cyndi Lauper will perform her hits, including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” during an Oct. 20 show.

The singer, who has won Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her debut album, “She’s So Unusual,” during the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Colden Auditorium.

The season’s other performances include:

Bale Folclorico Da Bahia, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., Colden Auditorium

Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Colden Auditorium

Valerie Simpson, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., LeFrak Concert Hall

Ballet Hispanico, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 3 p.m., Goldenstein Theater

Christine Andreas, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., LeFrak Concert Hall

Barbara Cook, May 10, 8 p.m., Colden Auditorium

Individual tickets for all performances are available on the Kupferberg Presents website or at the Colden Auditorium’s box office.

Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and one hour before events begin.

Phil Konigsberg October 01, 2013 at 11:57 AM
I hope the Colden Auditorium is one of the above mentioned renovated on-campus venues. We went to see a concert held in Colden in early August and the air conditioning was out of order. The only way to keep the temperature down was to keep the exit doors open. I also found the seats very uncomfortable.

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