What a week! Summer Festivals end; the fall season kicks off. We are thrilled that Broadway’s back and Purchase alums are in the news — Stanley Tucci wins his fourth Emmy, and Jodi Long has a hit with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. And, as always, there is plenty to see and hear.

CMS presents Works by Meadowcroft and Stockhausen
National Radio Series Program 51: Electronic Pioneers

Listen on-demand, available now
Listen to National Radio Series Program 51: Electronic Pioneers

Meadowcroft: Cradles for Percussion Duo with Wurlitzer e-Piano
Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum, percussion; David Adamcyk, electronic sound
StockhausenKontakte for Piano, Percussion, and Electronic Sounds, No. 12.5
Michael Brown, piano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion; David Adamcyk, electronic sound

Jacob’s Pillow presents Ballet Coast to Coast
Featuring artists from Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet

Digital Screening available on-demand through September 23
Leading artists from Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet take the stage in a Pillow-exclusive program that highlights the stunning range of ballet in the United States today. The program will feature performances from dancers of each company (Red Angels by Ulysses Dove, Reflections by Justin Peck, Sons de L’ame by Stanton Welch, Home Studies (for the stage) by Helen Pickett) and culminate with them performing together for the first time in Second to Last, a work by Pacific Northwest Ballet’s resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, inspired by and set to the music of Arvo Pärt.
Access Ballet Coast to Coast on the Jacob’s Pillow website

Jazz Vespers with Pete Malinverni
Sunday, September 19, at 4pm
Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Jazz Vespers returns with an all-Purchase combo led by Chair of Jazz Studies Pete Malinverni. Featuring Ralph Lalama, tenor saxophone; Pete Malinverni, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Aaron Seeber, drums
Visit Pete Malinverni’s website for information about Jazz Vespers and other upcoming performances

Baryshnikov Arts Center presents In Conversation with Merce
Available on-demand from Monday, September 20, at 5pm until Thursday, September 30, at 5pm
In Conversation with Merce features a suite of solos and duets from Merce Cunningham’s Landrover, and includes two world premieres created in response to the 1972 work: a playful duet from Kyle Abraham and a duet from Liz Gerring considering landscape and scale. Includes interviews with the choreographers and with Merce Cunningham Trust stager Jamie Scott and trustee Patricia Lent.
Access In Conversation with Merce on the BAC website

Gotham Early Music Scene presents
Duo Custos:  Beasts of God and Man: Medieval Music in Celebration of the Animal Kingdom
September 23, 1:15 – 2pm
In-person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, NYC, and live-streamed
This program features songs from the 13th and 14th centuries about various beasts, including donkeys, pythons, panthers, and a whole host of winged creatures. The songs are primarily madrigal from the Trecento, but a liturgical song, Orientis partibus (Song of the Ass) played multiple times in the concert will bear the light burden of hosting this journey as we meet our fellow animal brothers and sisters.
Dongmyung Ahn, rebec and vielle
Christa Patton, early winds and bray harp
Learn more and access the live stream

Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. 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 The PAC Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris rehearsing excerpts from Merce Cunningham “Landrover” in the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio at Baryshnikov Arts Center © The Merce Cunningham Trust