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Usdan Center holds annual gala concert

Ballet shot from Act II of Swan Lake,

Ballet shot from Act II of Swan Lake, performed at Gala on August 1, 2006, choreographed by Dennis Nahat. For Part 2 Section/ Margaret Corvini - Kids star . Image provided by Dale Lewis. ( Courtesy Usdan Center for the Performing Arts . ltc Credit: Handout

The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts will host its annual gala concert Wednesday.

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the 1,000-seat McKinley Amphitheater at Usdan’s campus center in Wheatley Heights. The concert is the highlight of Usdan’s summer season, during which 1,600 campers from the tri-state area, ages 8 to 18, study the arts at the center. Usdan offers more than 40 seven-week programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, nature and ecology, and chess.

The gala concert will feature the world premiere of a commissioned work by jazz composer Richard DeRosa, whose works have been played by orchestras across the United States and Europe, according to Usdan, and performed by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The concert will also feature a performance of Carl Orff’s cantata “Carmina Burana,” featuring Usdan’s senior orchestra, chorus and ballet, with Adam Glaser conducting.

According to Usdan, Glaser has been in residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra have performed his works.

Concert tickets are $25 and can be obtained by writing to, calling 631-643-7900 or by visiting

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