This week we reflect on the past and look to the future…

Voices of Service: A Veteran’s Day Concert
presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 
Streaming on-demand starting on Thursday, November 11, at 4pm
In honor of VeteransDay, singing quartet Voices of Service (who you may have seen on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent) bring their powerful voices to a special Concerts For Kids highlighting music’s impact on service members coping with post-traumatic stress and other invisible/visible wounds. Featuring retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams, retired Sgt.1st Class Jason Hanna, and retired Master Sgt. Caleb Green, Voices of Service is under the umbrella of Cammo Center for American Military Music Opportunities.
Access “Voices of Service” on the Lincoln Center website or on YouTube

World Freedom Day: NSO Prelude
presented by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 12, 6-7pm
Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play chamber works in celebration of World Freedom Day at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage North.
Watch “World Freedom Day” on YouTube

Canadian Opera Company presents Espiral by OKAN
Streaming on-demand from Saturday, November 13, at 7:30pm through May 12, 2022
It’s not very often you hear Afro-Cuban roots and jazz ensemble OKAN programmed at one of the world’s premier opera companies, but here it is. You’ll hear them perform Espiral, their latest release that explores the dualities of contemporary and traditional, city and country, exile and rebirth, secular and sacred. This is a free online event.
Learn more about “Espiral” and register to view on the Canadian Opera Company webiste

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Premiering Wednesday, November 17, at 7pm
An encore streaming of four dance films that premiered as part of the 2021 Ailey Spring Gala: Company members Ghrai DeVore-Stokes’ Hope, Chalvar Monteiro’s Promise, and Kanji Segawa’s Future, plus Artistic Director Robert Battle’s For Four (catch it live on stage at City Center, Dec 3, 7, 9, 11, and 17).
Tickets and more info on Ailey All Access

Paul Taylor Dance Company presents Modern is Now: Illumination
A FREE virtual benefit on Thursday, November 18, at 8pm
Presented in partnership with KPMG and S&P Global
Join PTDC’s second virtual benefit from the comfort of your home. Enjoy an evening of compelling artistry, special tributes, and surprises from Artistic Director Michael Novak and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.  This wholly modern program will draw from the past with an unparalleled and unique look at Promethean Fire. As this transformative piece celebrates its 20th anniversary, it continues to amplify Mr. Taylor’s timeless message of triumph over tragedy, which resonates profoundly during our ongoing need for tenacity and resilience.  The evening will also include special guest appearances and a tribute to longtime Taylor collaborator, acclaimed lighting designer Jennifer Tipton.
Access the virtual benefit on the Paul Taylor Dance Company website

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Wynton at 60
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Trumpeters
November 18-20, 8pm
Join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for a special concert celebration of Marsalis’s milestone 60th birthday. Known for its impressive musical range, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will take its dynamism to a new level, offering two distinct sets covering the full breadth of Marsalis’s four decades of composing, arranging, and playing. Tickets are also available for a webcast of the Thursday performance, which will be available on-demand for a week after the initial air date. Join us from anywhere in the world and wish the maestro many happy returns!
Wynton at 60 — Jazz at Lincoln Center


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: Paul Taylor Dance Company: Shawn Lesniak, Lisa Borres, and Devon Louis © Laura Halzack