Walter’s World: Weekend Picks- Opera, Art and a Dancing Birthday Celebration

February 7, 2012

By Walter Rutledge

This weekend Opera returns to Harlem. Art also makes a big statement uptown. While a Harlem landmark has a birthday.

Yes, the original Three Mo Tenors have returned to Harlem “one mo time”, as the highly successful Faison Firehouse Opera Is HOT series continues this weekend with Cook, Dixon and Young. Performances are Saturday, February 11 at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 3pm. Matinee ticket prices are $25 in advance, $40 day of performance. Evening ticket prices are $30 in advance, $45 day of performance. For tickets and other information please call: 212 665-7698, you can email your ticket order to or at The Faison Firehouse Box Office from 11am 6pm Tuesday through Saturday

Critically acclaimed tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon, and Thomas Young delight audiences with a singular musical mix that easily bridges opera to gospel, American songbook standards to soul, and everything in between, from Handel to Ellington and beyond. Known as Cook, Dixon & Young, this gifted trio will take your spirit, body and mind on a fantastic, memorable and awe-inspiring musical journey through the worlds of opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, spiritual, gospel and spoken word. These concerts are the culmination of over 15 years of a creative association of George Faison with Cook, Dixon & Young; and are the trios first New York performances since the taping of their 2004 PBS television special, which was also staged by Faison.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show returns to the historic Riverside Church located at 490 Riverside Drive (at 120th Street) in Harlem this weekend. The exhibition features internationally renowned artists, many who live and work in Harlem. The art is displayed in the grandeur of one of Harlem’s most renowned landmarks.

The all day event begins at 10am on Saturday and runs through 8pm. Cocktails will be served through the day. On Sunday there will be an ecumenical celebration beginning at 12:30pm and the exhibition will run until 7pm. Tickets are $20 and are available via the Harlem Fine Arts Show Official Website or by calling 914.450.4269.


February 11th is the forty-third birthday of the Dance Theatre of Harlem what better way to celebrate than by dancing. The Dance Theatre of Harlem II concludes their début New York season at the Joyce Theatre with two final performances on Saturday, February 11 at 2pm and 8pm. The company will present an encyclopedic program of contemporary and neoclassic works by emerging, established and renowned choreographers. The works presented include Contested Space, by acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd; Christopher Huggins’ In The Mirror Of Her Mind; Six Piano Pieces by Mexican choreographer David Fernandez and Glinka Pas de Trois, a rarely seen work by George Balanchine. The performances also mark the return of the Dance Theatre of Harlem moniker to New York audiences for the first time in eight years, since the company went on hiatus in 2004.

Tickets prices start at $10 and are on sale now at the Joyce Theater Box Office located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street) or by calling 212-482-0800 or by visiting For group sales call the Dance Theatre of Harlem at 212-690-2800. For more information visit

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