Lots of old friends this week, plus a few new ones. Can you name all of the artists mentioned in this week’s listings that have performed at The PAC? Don’t peek! The answer is below.

Library of Congress presents Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss
Now streaming on demand
Violinist Augustin Hadelich plays with an undeniable maturity beyond his years and artistry reminiscent of classical music’s Golden Age. Named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2018, Hadelich has consistently established himself as a performer of poise and virtuosity. Here, Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss present a mélange of short Spanish works along with Debussy’s last composition (the sonata for violin and piano). The concert concludes with Beethoven’s monumental “Kreutzer” Sonata.
Access the Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss  livestream on YouTube

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra presents Bruch and Bruckner with Alan Gilbert and Joshua Bell
Streaming on demand until November 20
A live recording from the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg featuring Joshua Bell. Bell plays Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. In the second half, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 is up on the program.
Watch Bruch and Bruckner with Alan Gilbert and Joshua Bell on YouTube

Live at Wigmore Hall presents Steven Isserlis and Simon Callow
Streaming now
To mark the launch of a new book by Steven Isserlis – The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion – Wigmore Hall and Faber present a special in-conversation event featuring a performance of extracts from a Bach cello suite alongside readings from the book.
Watch “Live at Wigmore Hall” with Steven Isserlis and Simon Callow

Live at Wigmore Hall presents JACK Quartet and Danny Driver
Premiering on Friday, October 29
JACK Quartet:  Christopher Otto, violin; Austin Wulliman, violin; John Pickford Richards, viola; Jay Campbell, cello
Danny Driver, piano
Alongside the five contrasting movements of Ligeti’s Second Quartet (1968) are Thomas Adès’ Piano Quintet (2000), and the second (2007) of a series of works called Cineshape by the American composer Amy Williams, each inspired by a different film – in this instance Mike Figgis’ Time Code. The 14th-century French composer Rodericus is known for just the one ballade – a work of unusual rhythmical complexity which Ligeti might have appreciated; it is heard in an arrangement by a member of the quartet.
Watch JACK Quartet and Danny Driver on YouTube or on Wigmore Hall’s website

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Musical Heritage: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Wednesday, November 3, at 7:30pm
Violinist James Thompson (current Bowers Artist) is joined by pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson for a special look at the acclaimed, four-decade career of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio through rarely seen photos and video. A Q & A will follow the presentation.
Online Events | The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Yonkers Film Festival YoFiFest 2021
From November 5 to 21, 2021
Join us for our 9th Year of celebrating moving pictures, the people who make them, and the fans that watch them. From our opening night Red Carpet Reception, through closing night’s Audience Choice Awards Ceremony, YoFiFest is an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes and celebrates early-career filmmakers, seasoned industry professionals, and everyone in between. We offer a full schedule of screenings, workshops, panels, networking opportunities and parties that honor and celebrate the independent, artistic spirit from around the world, and right in our own backyard.
This year’s festival is a hybrid. MANY of the films are screening in person, but ALL of the films are being Simul-Screened live online, so you can choose what experience works best for you!  This means you can enjoy the festival remotely via a live stream of what is happening in the theater, including both the film and the filmmaker talkbacks.
Visit the ArtsWestchetser ArtsDeals page for a 20% discount
For a complete list of screenings and tickets visit the festival website


Orion Weiss, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, JACK Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio have all performed at The PAC, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented a concert series each season from 2014-2015 on.


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. Cultural connoisseur 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 The PAC Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: JACK Quartet © Henrik Olund