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Performing Arts

The 153-seat Taylor Theater is actually a converted carriage house, or more accurately, the stable which housed the carriage horses, and its original, rough-hewn beams and ceiling add a unique flavor to the experience. The Theater is located directly behind the Kenan House at 433 Locust Street. Regular and wheelchair access is from the north side of building. Ample parking is located behind the theater. The Theater and adjacent Meeting Room are both available for rental.


MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. See the Calendar for upcoming 2018 dates. Click here to visit their website.

Star People Plays Monk,
February 24, 2018

The music of legendary jazz composer Thelonious Monk will be performed by Star People at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, February 24, 2018. This is the first of six programs in the Jazz at the Taylor concert series, produced by Kathleen Rooney in collaboration with the Kenan Center. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the Taylor Theater, a 153-seat converted carriage house on the Center’s campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert features two full sets of music with refreshments available.

Star People, which performs regularly at Buffalo’s Pausa Art House, features Bobby Militello on alto saxophone, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Brian Tervo on tenor sax, pianist George Caldwell, bassist Bill Staebell, and John Bacon on drums.

Thelonious Sphere Monk was born in North Carolina in 1917 and moved to New York City when he was four years old. By the 1940s he was playing jazz at the famed Harlem nightclub, Minton’s Playhouse, where he and other musicians of the era developed the revolutionary jazz style called Bebop. Some of Monk’s most well-known compositions include “Round Midnight,” “Ruby My Dear,” “Well, You Needn’t,” and “Monk’s Mood.” After recording with a number of labels, in the 1960s recorded with Columbia Records and appeared on the cover of Time. His last appearance was in 1976 at the Newport Jazz Festival. Monk died in Weehawken, NJ in 1982.

Tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or can be charged by calling 433-2617 (service fees apply to online and phone orders). Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

Jazz at the Taylor Six-Concert Series

Save when you purchase the six-concert series by February 24. Series general admission price is $100; $75 for Kenan members. Series package can be purchased online through Ticketleap, at the Kenan Center Business Office, or call the Kenan Center at 433-2617. Series dates and performances will be:

February 24: Star People Plays Monk
March 24: Mark Filsinger Quintet Plays the Chet Baker Songbook
May 19: Finger Poppin’: The Legacy of Horace Silver with The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop
June 23: Born to be Wild – The Buffalo Jazz Octet Plays the Music of 1968 and More
October 6: Alec Dube Quartet Plays Tribute to The Modern Jazz Quartet
December 1: The Edward Croft Trio’s Comfort & Jazz Holiday Show

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