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experience something real 2018-2019

At a Glance Sun 9/16 3pm

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

Sat 9/29 5pm Artist as Activist: A Conversation with Angélique Kidjo Sat 9/29 8pm

Benin International Musical (BIM) U.S. Premiere Concert


Jimmy Webb



Sat 10/13 8pm

American String Quartet Salman Rushdie, Narrator


Lea DeLaria

10/20 8pm

Sun 10/21 3pm

Westchester Philharmonic All-Orchestral Gala Opener

Fri 10/26 8pm

Black Violin & Purchase Symphony Orchestra


10/27 7pm

Velvet Caravan




NW Dance Project

Sun 11/4


Aida Cuevas

Sun 11/18 3pm

Circa Carnival of the Animals

Sat 12/1 5pm

CMS of Lincoln Center Windstorm

Sun 12/2 3pm

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia The Rainbow Fish

Sat 12/8 5pm

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Steven Isserlis, cello

Sun 12/9 3pm

Boston Brass Christmas Bells Are Swingin’

Fri 12/14 8pm

The Rob Mathes Holiday Concert (also at 8pm on Sat 12/15)

Sun 12/16 3pm

Westchester Philharmonic Winter Pops!


Gina Chavez



Sat 1/26 5pm

CMS of Lincoln Center Esteemed Ensemble


DIAVOLO: Architecture in Motion®



Sun 2/10 3pm

Westchester Philharmonic Friends and Family


Robin Spielberg



Sat 3/2 5pm

CMS of Lincoln Center Hungarian Fire

Sun 3/10 3pm

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company Shadow Play


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet



Sat 3/23 8pm

Portland Cello Project Homage to Radiohead

Sun 4/7

Tiempo Libre


Sun 4/7 3pm

Westchester Philharmonic All-Beethoven Season Finale

Sat 4/20 8pm

The Triplets of Belleville

Thu 4/25 8pm BODYTRAFFIC Sat 5/4 5pm

CMS of Lincoln Center Deeply Inspired

Sun 5/5

Daniel Kelly Rakonto


4 All artists, dates, and times subject to change

Tickets on sale August 8

In addition to our “for kids of all ages” series, there are a number of other events that are very family friendly. Look for the green rectangle and info on youth ticket prices throughout!

Thank You Lucille Werlinich

Chair of Purchase College Foundation

2018-2019 Contents

The PAC will continue on the path begun two years ago, moving toward becoming a true incubator for the arts and a welcoming Cabaret 12 community hub for an increasingly diverse audience base. Familiar favorites will anchor the season; they will be compleChamber Music 14 mented by artists who are working at the top of their fields and Orchestras 18 those who are on the rise, creating compelling programming that crosses boundaries and blends genres. The season will provide Sounds of the Season 26 many opportunities to say “I saw it at The PAC first!” Expanded Dance 30 cabaret, world music, and family programming will be among the key features. On-campus residencies, student involvement, For Kids of All Ages 38 and special events like artist talks, master classes, and open Film & Theatre 42 rehearsals will provide alternative ways for our patrons to more deeply engage with our artists and with one another. Purchase College 44

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Seth Soloway Director, The PAC PIctured above: Velvet Caravan © Lou Vaccaro

On the cover: BODYTRAFFIC © Lee Gumbs


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A Global Festival of Arts, Culture & Ideas Celebrating Benin September 27-29

For the full schedule of festival events taking place September 27 - 29 please visit


AngÊlique Kidjo Š Sonia and Mauro | BIM photo courtesy of the artists

A Conversation with Angélique Kidjo Artist as Activist: A Passion for Freedom & Social Justice Saturday, September 29 @5pm Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian, Angélique Kidjo was named one of The Guardian’s 100 most inspiring women in the world, was the first woman to appear on Forbes’s list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa, and is included on the BBC’s list of Africa’s 50 most iconic figures. From Fair Trade initiatives and curbing climate change to urging a ceasefire in war-torn Sudan, Angélique has proven that artists can be the best agents for change with their unbound imagination and unique way of envisioning the world. In this talk, Angélique discusses the responsibility of artists to use their platform for social justice, the many ways in which we can all give back, and the enormous impact each of us can make in the world.

U.S. Premiere Concert Benin International Musical (BIM) Saturday, September 29 @8pm Associating voodoo rhythms and traditional songs, electronic melodies in piquant Beninese style with trip pop grooves, hip hop, and rock, this collective of Beninese artists has all it takes to make us travel. Initiated by Hervé Riesen and produced by Jérôme Ettinger, BIM is a project of Radio France in partnership with ORTB, the EBU, Rolling Stone magazine and TV5 Monde. Sponsored by the City of Nantes, Institut Français Paris, and Institut Français in Benin. PepsiCo Theatre A Conversation with Angélique Kidjo $52.50 BIM U.S. Premiere Concert $52.50

Conversation & Concert Combo $87.50 VIP Meet & Greet with Angélique Kidjo $50 (can only be purchased in combination with one of the above) 3

Lea DeLaria, “Big Boo” on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black, brings her live show to The PAC for one night only. Known for her frank, outspoken politics and big personality, DeLaria is not one to shy away from comedy that will bite hard and elicit gales of laughter. Her new show features hits from her latest album, House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, and shows off not just DeLaria’ s comic genius but her spectacular vocal range. Her velvet-smooth voice contrasts perfectly with razor-sharp wit and sassy stage presence. This will be a spectacular performance!

Saturday, October 20 @8pm PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 4

Lea DeLaria © Tina Turnbow

[DeLaria] swings hard, and scats and bends notes in a style that suggests a no-frills Betty Carter on steroids. –The New York Times

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Lea DeLaria


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Aida Cuevas Totalmente Juan Gabriel

Sunday, November 4 @3pm 6

Aida Cuevas poster Š IMG Artists

Aida Cuevas, “The Queen of Ranchera,” has created one of the most important careers in traditional Mexican music. She is beloved at home and abroad for her stunning vocals and unswerving devotion to traditional music. Ranchera stems from the Mexican revolution and the genre is overflowing with drama and patriotism. Cuevas has made a career of challenging this historically male-dominated genre with her operatic range, a voice strong enough to overcome a dozen amplified instruments, and performances that overflow with passion. In 2018, Cuevas became the first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a Grammy when she was honored for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album” for Arrieros Somos. With 39 album releases to her credit, other accolades include a Latin Grammy Award and seven Latin Grammy nominations in the “Best Ranchera/ Mariachi Album” category.

Cuevas is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation’s spirit. –The Kansas City Star

PepsiCo Theatre VIP Ticket (Prime Seating and Meet & Greet) $100 Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 7

Multi-ethnic Latin pop sensation Gina Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted, a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk. With sharp social commentary and dynamic vocals, Chavez and her band take audiences on a journey through the Americas, expertly blending sounds with tension and grace. “Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages. When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.“ –The Boston Globe

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $45 / $35 / $25 CYO 3 or 4 $38.63 / $30.13 / $21.63 CYO 5 $36.50 / $28.50 / $20.50 8

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Gina Chavez Gina Chavez’s voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it. –NPR

Saturday, January 19 @8pm

Gina Chavez© Gregg Cestar


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Tiempo Libre

Sunday, April 7 @3pm


Tiempo LibreŠ Elvis Suarez

Dance music of sophistication and abandon –The New York Times

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier music conservatories, the members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. The Miami-based group is celebrated for its performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban son. They are equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages, and dance venues, playing sophisticated tropical music — an exhilarating mix of contemporary sonorities, jazz harmonies, and seductive Latin rhythms. Don’t miss the chance to see and hear one of the hottest Latin bands on the scene today!

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $45 / $35 / $25 CYO 3 or 4 $38.63 / $30.13 / $21.63 CYO 5 $36.50 / $28.50 / $20.50 11


We transform our Black Box theatre into a nightclub for these evenings featuring dinner, drinks, dancing, and intimate performances. Doors open at 7pm; shows begin at 8pm.

Black Box Single tickets $125 Includes dinner Jimmy Webb © Sasa Tkalcan Helsinki Festival | Velvet Caravan © Lou Vaccarro | Robin Spielberg courtesy of the artist

Velvet Caravan

Saturday, October 27 @7pm “Tight and vibrantly free, Velvet Carvan pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordian, keyboard, and percussion into a gumbo of lively swing music” –Creative Loafing Gypsy Swing / European redneck music? Why not! Savannah-based Velvet Caravan is one of the most eclectic ensembles in the music business today. Combining Gypsy, Honky-Tonk, Swing, and Latin, this band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. Back by popular demand, this unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion, and keyboards (including accordion) will make you want to get up and dance — and you’ll be able to, as this event will feature nightclub seating with dinner, drinks available at the bar, and, yes, a dance floor!


Black Box Single tickets $97.50 Includes dinner

Jimmy Webb Saturday, October 6 @7pm

“...To hear the songs of Jimmy Webb performed by Jimmy Webb is a momentous experience.” –Stephen Sorokoff, The Times Square Chronicles Join us for an intimate evening with living legend Jimmy Webb, hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 50 songwriters of all time. His cross-genre hits include Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” his Grammy-winning “Up, Up and Away,” and the charts-topping “MacArthur Park” – a hit for Richard Harris and Donna Summer. Jimmy Webb plays the music that made him America’s Songwriter, and beguiles with the stories behind his hits from Nina Simone, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra to Kanye West. Known worldwide as a master of his trade, Webb is also the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. Don’t miss this up-close-and-personal event, as Webb performs his music and shares the often funny and always insightful stories from his illustrious career.

Robin Spielberg

Saturday, February 16 @7pm “As a popular pianist, Spielberg has one of the best set of hands going.” –The All-Music Guide Treat your Valentine to a romantic ”Piano Parlour Soiree” with Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg. Performing music from her vast repertoire of popular American melodies and original favorites, Robin’s concerts intertwine captivating music with stories that inspire and make us laugh. Robin has sold over a million recordings and has over a hundred million spins on Pandora Radio, making her America’s most popular contemporary female pianist.

Black Box Single tickets $97.50 Includes dinner

As her popularity continues to skyrocket, Spotify has now created an official “This Is Robin Spielberg” playlist featuring music from her 18 recordings. Her newest CD, On the Edge of a Dream, debuted this year at #6 on Billboard’s new age chart.


With a well-deserved reputation as one of the most adventurous and fearless string quartets performing today, the American String Quartet, which will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2019, has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University Salman Rushdie has received numerous honors including the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, the Writers’ Guild Award, the London International Writer’s Award, and the James Joyce Award. In October, they will come together for a one-ofa-kind collaborative performance. American String Quartet will perform a work by film composer Paul Cantelon built around Salman Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence, with the author himself reading excerpts from the book between movements. The readings and music will reflect each other’s depth and power, leaving audiences with senses enhanced by both essential languages. CANTELON  Suite on The Enchantress of Florence SCHUBERT  Quartettsatz SCHUBERT  “Death and the Maiden”

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $70 / $50 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $59.88 / $42.88 / $25.88 CYO 5 $56.50 / $40.50 / $24.50 14

American String Quartet © Peter Schaafz Salman Rushdie © Thomas Prior for TIME

From this combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection emerges one of the best quartets of our time. –Darmstädter Echo

Saturday, October 13 @8pm

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American String Quartet Salman Rushdie, Narrator


Chamber Music

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center © Tristan Cook

Windstorm December 1

Esteemed Ensemble January 26

The sonic array of a wind quintet is unsurpassable. Join us as an exceptional lineup of wind players tackles a demanding and rewarding repertoire. 

After extensive American and European tours, this ensemble of close friends and colleagues reunites for a program of piano quartet classics. 

REICHA  Quintet in E-flat Major for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn, Op. 88, No. 2

SUK  Quartet in A Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1

THUILLE  Sextet in B-flat Major for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, Op. 6

BRAHMS  Quartet No. 3 in C Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 60

COPLAND  “New England Countryside” from The City, arranged for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn

DVOŘÁK  Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87

MOZART  Quintet in E-flat Major for Oboe, Clari- net, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, K. 452 Lise de la Salle, piano • Adam Walker, flute Stephen Taylor, oboe • David Shifrin, clarinet Marc Goldberg, bassoon • David Jolley, horn 16

Wu Han, piano • Daniel Hope, violin Paul Neubauer, viola • David Finckel, cello

It’s a joy to be in such authoritative hands – an audience member can simply sit back, relax, and let the music fill him. –The New York Sun

Saturdays @5pm Recital Hall Single tickets $62.50 / $35 CYO 3 or 4 $53.50 / $30.13 CYO 5 $50.50 / 28.50

Hungarian Fire March 2

Deeply Inspired May 4

As evidenced by the pieces in this afternoon’s program, Hungary’s deep musical roots in folk tradition had widespread influence on composers throughout Europe. 

All music comes from the heart, but some clearly emerges from a composer’s most personal space. Composers from four eras and four cultures combine for this rare program which finds each of them at emotional heights. 

BRAHMS  Selected Hungarian Dances for Violin and Piano (arr. Joseph Joachim) KODÁLY  Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 BARTÓK  Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano LIGETI  Selected Piano Etudes DOHNÁNYI  Quintet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 Alessio Bax, piano • Ida Kavafian, violin Alexi Kenney, violin • Yura Lee, viola Dmitri Atapine, cello • Sebastian Manz, clarinet

SCHUBERT  Sonatina No. 3 in G Minor for Violin and Piano, D. 408, Op. 137, No. 3 BARBER  Dover Beach for Voice and String Quartet, Op. 3 ARENSKY  Quartet No. 2 in A Minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35 BLOCH  Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello Yunpeng Wang, baritone • Michael Brown, piano Kristin Lee, violin • Danbi Um, violin • Matthew Lipman, viola • Nicholas Canellakis, cello David Finckel, cello



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano Sunday, September 16 @3pm We are thrilled that Orpheus and the beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will open our season. On this program of “Gentle Giants” you will experience a warm and intimate version of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto featuring the Orpheus strings, the spiritual ecstasy of Arvo Pärt, and the sensitive artistry of Tchaikovsky, using expanded arrangements that amplify the ardent emotions. PÄRT  Fratres (arranged for chamber orchestra) CHOPIN  Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 (arr. Shuying Li, Orpheus Commission) TCHAIKOVSKY  Chamber Symphony No. 1 in D Major (after String Quartet Op. 11b, arr. Christopher Theofanidis, Orpheus Commission)


Recital Hall Single tickets $75 / $40 CYO 3 or 4 $64.13 / $34.38 CYO 5 $60.50 / $32.50

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra © Matt Dine Nobuyuki Tsujii © Yuji Hori Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi

Orpheus creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education, and a passion for artistic excellence.

Steven Isserlis, cello Saturday, December 8 @5pm Music by the tragically short-lived Hans Rott gives a tantalizing taste of a rising star admired by Bruckner and Mahler; British cellist Steven Isserlis, whose playing “is as passionate as it poetical” (The Sunday Times) navigates a dizzying spectrum of unabashed emotions in C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A Major. Finally, Schubert commingles anguish and sublime beauty in the string quartet based on his song Death and the Maiden, which Orpheus plays in the lush arrangement by Mahler.

Concert Hall

ROTT  Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat Major

CYO 3 or 4 $64.13 / $51.38 / $34.38

C.P.E. BACH  Cello Concerto in A Major, H. 439 SCHUBERT  String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden” (arr. Gustav Mahler)

Single tickets $75 / $60 / $40

CYO 5 $60.50 / $48.50 / $32.50


Keeping the sounds of the symphony alive and well –Serendipity Magazine Westchester Philharmonic © Lou Vaccaro

Gala Opener October 21

Winter Pops! December 16

Jaime Laredo, conducting The Emily and Eugene Grant Opening Series

Rachael Worby, conducting Special Guests: Time for Three

The Westchester Philharmonic opens its series at The PAC with the pure, sublime beauty of Ravel’s Pavane, originally composed for piano and dedicated to Princesse de Polignac. “Drumroll,” one of Haydn’s final three symphonies, shows the composer at the very peak of his already formidable powers; a mysterious timpani roll gives it its name. The triumph of Brahms’ First Symphony is belied by the 22 years (by some counts) that he took to compose it, so enthralled was he in the shadow of Beethoven…a shadow he quickly erased with this towering work.

Exuberant maestra and Rockland native Rachael Worby has been Music Director of the Pasadena Pops, Wheeling Symphony, Carnegie Hall’s Young People’s Concerts, guest-conducts around the world with legendary soprano Jessye Norman, and leads her own LA-based ensemble, Muse/ique.

RAVEL  Pavane pour une infante défunte HAYDN  Symphony No. 103 (“Drumroll”) BRAHMS  Symphony No. 1 20

Joining her and The Phil will be Time for Three (violinists Nicolas Kendall and Charles Yang, bassist Ranaan Meyer), who happily and infectiously defy genre classification, performing music from Bach to Brahms to bluegrass to the Beatles. The program for this annual celebration of the season includes light classics, American Songbook gems, and holiday favorites.


Sundays @3pm Concert Hall Single tickets $98 / $76 / $36 Westchester Philharmonic tickets are not available as part of a CYO package, single ticket sales only.

Friends & Family February 10

All-Beethoven Finale April 7

Rachael Worby, conducting Special Guest: Savion Glover

Jaime Laredo, conducting Pamela Frank, violin

The incomparable Savion Glover, who first gained notice as the Tap Dance Kid, created and starred in the Broadway smash Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk, and is the human dancing force behind the animated motion picture Happy Feet, will bring his unique and acclaimed artistry to The PAC for an unforgettable afternoon of music, tap dance, and fireworks! With Rachael Worby and the Phil, prepare to be drawn into an unexpected world you won’t want to leave.

Of Pamela Frank, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “She has a big, rich sound that vibrates, phrasing breathes with great purpose. Even single notes don’t leave the strings without meaning.” With Ms. Frank on violin, Maestro Laredo on the podium, and the virtuosic Westchester Philharmonic, Beethoven’s powerful and lyrical masterpiece couldn’t be in better hands.

On the program, Copland, Gould, Vivaldi and more.

BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5

Instrument Petting Zoo at 2pm Kids can attend this concert free with a paid adult!

Dah-dah-dah DUM. Yes, that symphony closes The Phil’s 36th season! 21


The duo elicits brilliant music with a poignant message for the world. –Essence

Black Violin

and Purchase Symphony Orchestra


Black Violin Š Colin Brennan

This stereotype-smashing duo, mde up of Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, a.k.a. Kev Marcus and Wil B., blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music on violin and viola, accompanied by ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and drums. And on this very special evening they will be backed by the entire Purchase Symphony Orchestra. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room-only crowds. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks the rules, blending classical with modern to create a sound that no one has ever heard but everyone wants to feel, and showing that music can be as unrestrained as the minds that conceive it.

Friday, October 26 @8pm Concert Hall Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 Kids 16 + under $33.75 / $23.75 / $16.25 23

Portland’s premiere alt-classical group brings a huge, orchestral ensemble (including brass, percussion) plus guest vocalist Patti King of The Shins, to perform a night in homage to alt-rock giants Radiohead. During the first set, expect unique renditions of classical Radiohead pieces that wander from epic to breathtakingly intimate. The second set will be, from start to finish, Radiohead’s seminal OK Computer album. This historic album has proven over the years to yield an infinite variety of artistic inspiration to people of all walks of life, with musical subtleties that hint at everything from Bach to Stravinsky.

The artistic destinies of the equally unorthodox “OK Computer” and Portland Cello Project were meant to coincide... –Seattle Times

Portland Cello Project is a nationally recognized performing, recording, and educational group with a revolving cast of classically trained cellists. Their mission: to bring the cello places you wouldn’t normally see it, to perform music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with it, and to build bridges between different musical communities through education, outreach, and collaboration.

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $47.50 / $37.50 / $27.50 CYO 3 or 4 $40.75 / $32.25 / $23.75 CYO 5 $38.50 / $30.50 / $22.50

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Portland Cello Project © Jason Quigley

Homage to


Portland Cello Project Radiohead 25

APPROVED BY ARTIST The Boston Brass quintet teams up with all-star brass players from around the globe to produce an unmatched sound that will get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. The ensemble of all brass — trumpets, French horns, trombones, and tubas, with jazz rhythm section — will present big-band arrangements of classics like the Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, Greensleeves, Motown Jingle Bells, and more! Boston Brass is a one-of-a-kind musical experience. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, bridges the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences with great music and boisterous fun. Program: Joy to the World God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen We Three Kings of Orient Are Angels We Have Heard on High The Nutcracker Dances Jingle Bells Forever The Twelve Days of Christmas Sleigh Ride The Christmas Song Frosty the Snowman Good King Wenceslas Once in Royal David’s City The Holly and the Ivy White Christmas Silent Night Greensleeves Concert Hall Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 Kids 16 + under $33.75/ $23.75 / $16.25


Whether solo, combos, or all 15 players at once, the effect was dizzying and dazzling. –Charleston Today

Sunday, December 9 @3pm

& Brass All-Stars Big Band Christmas Bells Are Swingin’!

Sounds of the Season

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Sounds of the Season

25th Anniversary

Rob Mathes Holiday Concert This holiday production puts a new spin on Christmas classics –The New York Times

Friday, December 14 @8pm & Saturday, December 15 @8pm


Rob Mathes Š Roman Dean

Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree with the one and only Rob Mathes, now in his third decade of holiday performances at The Performing Arts Center. This annual celebration featuring Mathes, plus his all-star band, choir, and special guest stars is a high-energy evening of rock, jazz, and blues — original tunes and holiday classics that will put you in the spirit of the season. Mathes has worked with virtually every big name in the music industry, arranging, producing, directing, recording, and performing with the likes of Bono, Bennett, Sting, and Springsteen. But despite his busy schedule, he’s here each year, and it’s always a treat to have this Greenwich, CT, native “home” for the holidays.

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $85 / $65 / $40 CYO 3 or 4 $72.63 / $55.63/ $34.38 CYO 5 $68.50 / $52.50 / $32.50 29


NW Dance Project Friday, November 2 @8pm

A company of slick, skilled dancers –The New Yorker


NW Dance Project © Blaine Truitt Covert

NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative contemporary dance works from established and emerging dance makers. Founded in Portland in 2004 by acclaimed dancer, mentor, and choreographer Sarah Slipper, NW Dance Project has fostered the creation and Portland premiere of over 250 original contemporary dance works to date. Their dedication to providing dancers and dance makers the resources and creative room needed to realize new, inspired works led Dance International Magazine to proclaim that they are “a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America.�

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 31

For 25 years, Artistic Director Jacques Heim and DIAVOLO have defied traditional definitions of dance and gravity.

The result is dazzling –Newsday

Leaping, flying, and falling, this one-of-its-kind contemporary dance company utilizes trust, teamwork, and imagination in large, surreal architectural playgrounds to create metaphors of life through dance and movement. Their visceral and awe-inspiring works explore how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit. As company members navigate massive architectural structures, wowing audiences with their explosive movement and gladiator-like strength, they overcome obstacles and show us the incredible power of a connected and creative community. Program: Passengers Trajectoire

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 Kids 16 + under $33.75 / $23.75 / $16.25 32


DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion © George Simian

Architecture in MotionÂŽ


DIAVOLO Saturday, February 2 @8pm



Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Saturday, March 16 @8pm


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet © Rosalie O’Connor

Took hold of your heart and never let still gives me chills. –The Washington Post

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company that reflects the pioneering spirit of the American West. A deep commitment to curating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent has resulted in a catalogue of adventurous repertoire. A European sensibility glossed with American ebullience forges ASFB’s aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 35


BODYTRAFF BODYTRAFFIC displays sheer animal magnetism... –San Francisco Weekly

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BODYTRAFFIC © Tomasz Rossa


BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, recruiting great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance by distinctive choreographic voices. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and “Best of Culture” by the Los Angeles Times, the company is internationally recognized for the high quality of its work. Program: JOSHUA L. PEUGHA  Trick of the Light SIDRA BELL  Beyond the Edge of the Frame VICTOR QUIJADA  Once Again Before You Go RICHARD SIEGAL  o2Joy

PepsiCo Theatre Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 37

The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Our zebras juggle and flip… Our kangaroos skip and somersault… We’ve elephants with street-cred and rhythm… And even our dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music.

Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful salute to feathers, fur, and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music, and animal lovers. Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world’s leading performance companies. Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s ensemble of exceptional circus artists is pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances.

Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble. A production by Circa and QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival.

Concert Hall Single tickets $65 / $45 / $30 CYO 3 or 4 $55.63 / $38.63 / $25.88 CYO 5 $52.50 / $36.50 / $24.50 Kids 16 + under $33.75 / $23.75 / $16.25 38

Circa Carnival of the Animals © Justin Nicholas

Contemporary Circus Carnival of the Animals

For Kids of All Ages

Circa Is there a more joyous sound than a roomful of children laughing and squealing with delight? –InDaily, Australia

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For Kids of All Ages

A series of very special performances for our very youngest audiences, and the young at heart.

Sundays @3pm

Shadow Play

Trusty Sidekick Theater Co Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow while you sleep? Well, it turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others — soon after moving to his new home, Flash discovers that his shadow has moving plans of his own! Follow Flash on his quest to reunite with his shadow in this multimedia performance for the youngest of audiences (ages 2-5) and the young at heart. Based in New York City, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company creates bold, original productions for young people and their families. Rooted firmly in the belief that kids deserve theatre that ignites their imaginations and makes them think about the world in a new way, the company creates work that is multidisciplinary, and its ensemble of collaborators includes artists trained in physical theatre, puppetry, music, dance, animation, and video projection. 40

March 10 PepsiCo Theatre Single Tickets $40 / $30 / $20 CYO 3 or 4 $34.38 / $25.88 / $17.38 CYO 5 $32.50 / $24.50 / $16.50 Kids 16 + under $21.25 / $16.25 / $11.25

The Rainbow Fish

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s award-winning book The Rainbow Fish is about a beautiful fish with scales of silver and a heart of gold. The performance, which also includes two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites, will enchant even the youngest child with its shimmering scenery and innovative puppetry.

Concert Hall

Single tickets: $45 / $35 / $25 CYO 3 or 4: $38.63 / $30.13 / $21.63

December 2

CYO 5: $36.50 / $28.50 / $20.50 Kids 16 + under: $23.75 / $18.75 / $13.75

Daniel Kelly

Rakonto: Student Voices Composer/pianist Daniel Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling music that has delighted audiences around the country. This unique performance has been specially created right here in Westchester for family audiences. Audiences will hear the dreams, hopes and struggles of local students in recorded interviews that are seamlessly blended with original compositions performed by Kelly’s band of world-class musicians. “The goal of this concert is that by hearing someone’s life story and point of view, we may all be more understanding with one another. These students’ stories have humor and drama and I hope to honor them by composing music that uplifts the audience and fosters a sense of compassion.”

May 5 PepsiCo Theatre Single Tickets $40 / $30 / $20 CYO 3 or 4 $34.38 / $25.88 / $17.38 CYO 5 $32.50 / $24.50 / $16.50 Kids 16 + under $21.25 / $16.25 / $11.25

The Rainbow Fish courtesy of Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia | Shadow Play © Buatti Ramos Photography | Daniel Kelly © Bob Gayol


Film & Theatre

The Triplets of Belleville Extraordinary!... A bracing blend of silliness and sophistication! It’s comic, touching, and a visual knockout. –Rolling Stone

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The Triplets of Belleville courtesy of David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives

The unclassifiable, richly imagined The Triplets of Belleville — a fantastical caper involving the Tour de France, the French Mafia, a kidnapping, and a wily grandmother and her faithful dog — becomes a wild spectacle featuring dancing, singing, foley sound effects, and the original hot swing score performed live by its composer, Benoît Charest, and his eight-piece Orchestre Terrible de Belleville band. The film was nominated for two Oscars (Best Animated Feature, Best Song) in 2003 and remains among the most bizarre and enchanting animated films ever made. Along with the Oscar nod, the score won the Montréal-born, Berkleetrained Charest a César Award for Best Music Written for a Film, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music, and a Grammy nomination.

Recommended for ages 10 and older.

PepsiCo Theatre Single Tickets $40 / $30 / $20 CYO 3 or 4 $34.38 / $25.88 / $17.38 CYO 5 $32.50 / $24.50 / $16.50 Kids 16 + under $21.25 / $16.25 / $11.25 43

Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra © Michael Neamonitakis

Purchase Symphony Orchestra presents Concerto Competition Winners Friday, September 21, 7pm

Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra closes the evening with a thrilling set of music by the best Latin American composers. Pepsico Theatre.

Mina Kim, Conductor Wang Yuan, clarinet Cami Sylvia, violin Isaiah Figueroa, euphonium

Purchase Symphony Orchestra & Chorus present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

Program: SPOHR  Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Op. 26 CHAUSSON  Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25 JENKINS  Euphonium Concerto

David J. Recca, Conductor

Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Film & Media Studies celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Friday, October 12, 7pm Mina Kim, PSO Conductor David DeJesus, PLJO Conductor This colleboration begins with the landmark black and white film Redes (1936) along with its original score by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. 44

Saturday, November 17, 7pm Sunday, November 18, 3pm One of the most thrilling works in the Classical canon. Featuring student and alumni vocal soloists, this performance is sure to be a highlight of your musical year.

Purchase Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors Saturday, December 8, 7pm Sunday, December 9, 1pm Jacque Trussel, Director Hugh Murphy, Music Director and Conductor Based on Italian folk tales of the Epiphany and Nativity and, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the

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Music Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl. As the story unfolds, the true miracle and meaning of life is revealed, a gift far greater than gold.

Purchase Symphony & Jazz Orchestras celebrate Black History Month Friday, February 15, 7pm Mina Kim, PSO Conductor Todd Coolman and Jon Faddis, PJO Conductors A concert including William Grant Still’s Festive Overture, an orchestral suite from Gershwin’s landmark Porgy and Bess, and a set of big band music by African-American composers and arrangers.

Purchase Opera Opera Trio: Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Confession Thursday, March 21, 7pm Friday, March 22, 7pm Saturday, March 23, 7pm Sunday, March 24, 1pm

Jacque Trussel, Director Hugh Murphy, Music Director and Conductor A trio of one-act operas: Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Confession, which serves as a prequel to Suor Angelica. Confession, by Raphaël Lucas, with a libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola, was developed here at Purchase College; it won the National Opera Association Prize for the Best Contemporary Opera 2010-2012.

Purchase Symphony Orchestra Friday, May 3, 7pm Mina Kim, Conductor Daniel Phillips, violin BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto BRAHMS  Tragic Overture

Recital Hall unless otherwise noted Tickets $22.50 Discounts available for students and seniors.


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Theatre Arts Black Box unless otherwise noted

Scenes from Metamorphoses Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the Myths of Ovid Directed by Steven Sapp October 19 - October 27 Known for lyrical storytelling, wit, and stunning imagery, this adaptation gives new life to these transformation stories about loss, isolation, redemption, and divinity. Recital Hall.

Earthquakes in London

Tickets $22.50 Discounts available for students & seniors.

by Mike Bartlett Directed by David Bassuk November 30 - December 8 Apocalyptic questions drive a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters unexpectedly back together in this epic rollercoaster of a play. From

To view a complete schedule of Conservatory of Theatre Arts events taking place elsewhere on campus please visit © Zoe Markwalter


© Christopher Duggan

Purchase Dance Company’s Spring ‘19 Concert Series May 3-5 A compelling mix of world premieres, modern and contemporary masterpieces, and live music. Esteemed Conservatory of Dance Faculty member and former New York City Ballet dancer Bettijane Sills will create a virtuosic new pointe work set to a lively mix of classic pop, show tunes, and songs by The Beatles with accompaniment by pianist Colin Rose. Live music by the Purchase Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Recca will accompany our important re-staging of José Limón’s modern masterpiece Psalm (1967). We round out the program with two thrilling contemporary dance works; please check The PAC website for final, updated program information. PepsiCo Theatre Tickets $22.50 Discounts available for students and seniors. 46

To view updated program information and a complete schedule of Conservatory of Dance events please visit

1968 to 2525 and back again, we move in a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes, and decades as global destruction approaches.

careers, their futures, and their safety in the hands of a fasttalking administrator who comes on strong but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.

Henry VI, Part I

Exit Strategy

Mr. Burns

by Ike Holter

by Anne Washburn

March 8 - March 16

Directed by Johanna McKeon

A Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year is the battleground in this taut play about the future of public education. Surprisingly, it’s a comedy. Ike Holter, winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize and a fierce new voice in American playwriting, introduces us to a small group of teachers who launch a heroic battle to save their school. They put their

March 9 - March 16

King Henry V has died. As the English battle the armies of the brilliant and fanatical Joan of Arc, the underage King Henry VI’s courtiers are busy fighting each other instead of the French, thus beginning the Wars of the Roses. Fast moving and packed with action, this early history play (a source for Game of Thrones) gives us a world burning unawares.

Anne Washburn’s outrageous, enthusiastically acclaimed dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A meta-tribute to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

by William Shakespeare Directed by Christopher McCann April 19 - April 27

Oh, and swords. Lots and lots of swords.

© Liflander Photography

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The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College 2018-2019 Season Brochure  

Familiar favorites will anchor the 2018-2019 season; they will be complemented by artists who are working at the top of their fields and tho...

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College 2018-2019 Season Brochure  

Familiar favorites will anchor the 2018-2019 season; they will be complemented by artists who are working at the top of their fields and tho...