Introducing Culture Picks, our new weekly feature. The arts are coming back, with a vengeance! There is so much to take in, both live and virtual, and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from our Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

Westchester Philharmonic Brass Quintet LIVE at Untermyer Gardens
Wayne du Maine & Lowell Hershey, trumpets;
Will DeVos, horn; Michael Seltzer, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba
June 11, 7pm

The incomparable Wayne du Maine leads his brass section colleagues in the magnificent open-air setting of Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. From Bach, Verdi, Holst, and Tchaikovsky, to Ellington, Bernstein, and Miles Davis, the WPBQ “swings” into summer! Tickets $25.

The Music Center’s Inside Look
Shaping a New Generation of Dance: How Companies Evolve in Times of Change
June 13, 4pm – 4:45pm PDT [note time zone!]

Shaping a New Generation of Dance: How Companies Evolve in Times of Change features a conversation with three dynamic dance influencers: Kyle Abraham, Michael Novak, and moderator Tamica Washington-Miller, who discuss the transition dance companies face as they tackle unexpected challenges, ranging from the impact of COVID-19 to the death of a founder. These esteemed dance experts address issues that dramatically impact how companies must operate in order to survive in today’s world. Free.

The Emelin Theatre’s Rise & Shine Celebration
Thursday, June 17, 7:30pm

Join The Emelin Theatre for their exclusive virtual event to celebrate their upcoming reopening following an extensive renovation! The Rise & Shine Virtual Celebration will be hosted by legendary DJ of WFUV and SiriusXM radio, Dennis Elsas, and features Emelin artists David Broza, Flor de Toloache, Amy Helm, Ballet Hispánico, Jake Shimabukuro, and David Bromberg. Free.

Clearwater presents The Virtual Great Hudson River Revival
Saturday, June 19, 11am – 11pm

Help keep the sloop sailing! For more than 40 years The Great Hudson River Revival has brought people to the riverside to celebrate and learn to care for the Hudson Valley’s most precious natural resource and to share in a vision of clean water and a healthy environment. The festival will feature powerful statements by life-long activists and organizations and musical performers and storytellers, including John McCutcheon, Tom Chapin, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Scott Ainslie, Rick Nestler, Matt Cartsonis, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Hubby Jenkins, Thomasina Winslow, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Emma’s Revolution, Holly Near, R.J. Storm and the Old School Bluegrass Band, Mel & Vinnie, Reggie Harris, Tom Paxton, Diana Jones, The Trouble Sisters, Magpie, Rik Palieri, and more. Consistent with Clearwater’s longstanding commitment to accessibility, the Revival programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Free.

Song of America: A Celebration of Black Music at the 2021 Internationales Musikfest Hamburg
On line now, expires at the end of June

I managed to catch the last part of this mini-festival celebrating the music, poetry, and stories of Black composers, writers, and artists, curated by Thomas Hampson and scholar/performer Dr Louise Toppin, with special assistance in the orchestral repertoire from conductor Roderick Cox. Three programs were live-streamed from the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Luckily, they will remain online until June 2022.

American Masters: Ballerina Boys
Streaming now, expires July 2

Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that combines its passion for ballet classics with exuberant comedy.