Pianist and jazz icon Dick Hyman performs at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre, concluding its inaugural season on Friday. Best-known for his versatility with jazz piano and composing for numerous Woody Allen films, Hyman continues to enthrall audiences with his musical mastery honed during a celebrated career of more than 50 years. The program will include variations on Scott Joplin, novelty pieces by Zez Confrey, and plenty of Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Rodgers and other composers of the Great American Songbook, along with some Beatles tunes. “Dick Hyman’s Century Of Jazz Piano,” an encyclopedic series of solo performances, has recently been released on Arbors Records.
Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. $25-$35. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or www.madisontheatreny.org.
Spring Dance Concert
Hofstra University Dance students salute spring at their annual performance, featuring works by guest artists Doug Varone and Jody Sperling. Varone, who is one of the most exciting and influential modern dance choreographers of our time, explores the full range of human emotions through movement that can change from calm and lyrical to wild and turbulent in the blink of an eye. Sperling’s choreography is inspired by the early 20th century dancer and innovator, Loie Fuller, a pioneering American choreographer who used flowing white silk and the new medium of electrical stage lighting to create magical environments for dance. Rounding out the program are contributions from faculty members Robin Becker, Stormy Brandenberger, Anita Feldman, and Jason Melms.
Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors/students. Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6644.
The 80-voice ensemble takes to the stage for a concert of 20th century French masterworks and a selection of joyful contemporary and traditional works written or arranged by American composers. The chorus peforms Fauré’s exquisite “Cantique de Jean Racine,” followed by Poulenc’s stunning “Gloria,” with Adelphi music major Hannah Hockett as soprano soloist. The second half features Daniel Pinkham’s “Wedding Cantata,” a setting of texts from the Song of Solomon. American spirituals and folk songs, arranged by Walker, Leavitt, Paulus and Hogan bring the concert to a rousing conclusion.
Saturday, April 29, 3 p.m. $20, $17 seniors, $7 students. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Garden City. (516) 877-4000 or www.aupac.adelphi.edu.