The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
, under the helm of Interim Director Seth Soloway, is poised to become much more than a traditional presenter during its upcoming season, which begins this month. While many audience favorites are back (Joshua Bell, Black Violin, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, David Sedaris), the 2016-2017 season will take a big step forward towards advancing a dynamic new vision that deepens The PAC’s commitment to artistic excellence, now and for the future. Look for The PAC to be curating and commissioning new work, incubating up-and-coming artists, and further engaging its patrons through behind-the-scenes programming.

One of the most exciting aspects of this season will be an expanded focus on collaboration with the Conservatories, alumni, and faculty of Purchase College. This includes projects such as the Jazz at The Center series, festival style events co-curated with Jon Faddis, world renowned trumpet player and faculty member. Jazz at The Center begins on Saturday, October 8 with Piano Spectacular, featuring four exceptional pianists: Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Benny Green, and Helen Sung, plus special guests including Pete Malinverni, Director of Jazz Studies, Purchase College.

In another collaboration, Tony Award-winning musical theatre actress Joanna Gleason will spend time on the Purchase College campus working with students across disciplines, and headlining four Campfire to Cabaret evenings at The PAC. Campfire to Cabaret is new type of experience that is part master class, part live theatre; each evening will culminate in the performance of a story that is developed right in front of the audience’s eyes. Catch the first on October 6 – get your tickets now, because seating is limited for this up close and personal event.

Purchase College graduate and Conservatory of Dance faculty member Doug Varone returns to The PAC on November 5 with the world premiere of Into the Shelter of the Fold, co-commissioned by The Performing Arts Center. Performing alongside the professional dancers of Varone’s company will be 14 dancers from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.

And for those who want to dig a little deeper, another new and interesting addition is a program called Backstage Pass. By purchasing the pass, patrons will gain access to a variety of behind the scenes events, giving them a “peak behind the curtain.” Events like master classes, artist talks, meet & greets, tours, open rehearsals, and more will all be available with the Backstage Pass. For more information, contact The PAC box office at 914-251-6200.

“With an eye to the future and a finger on the pulse of social consciousness, The PAC is poised for an era of change,” says Interim Director Seth Soloway of the upcoming season. “We look forward to seeing you this season and experiencing our new and exciting vision.”