Art + Culture

Chamber Music + Boxing? Believe it.

Expect a knockout performance in the boxing ring on March 16 – but not just from the athletes. Head to Gleason’s Gym to catch the International Street Cannibals present STRIKE, a boxing and chamber music concert.

As part of an ongoing series, STRIKE! combines boxing, dance, and chamber music to complement each art form in a surprising way. New music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers as well as modern masters will be heard in the unfamiliar, yet highly disciplined environment of the boxing ring.

Short 10 to 12-minute sets of 3-minute chamber music works will alternate with 9-minute boxing bouts of 3 rounds each. 60-second thematic interludes that can involve music and/or movement will serve as transitions between the boxing rounds. Performances will take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another to follow the sequential flow of the evening.

A dance component directed by Dance Director/choreographer Megan Sipe will also play an essential role in this mix, contributing to unify the choreographies of these various genres.

This event is a fundraiser for the “Give a Kid a Dream” program at the gym. For the past sixteen years, the program has provided children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the gym’s boxing program, teaching them invaluable physical and mental skills.

Tickets are $20. For more information, call 718-797-2872.