Wishing you a peaceful week and a holiday, if you observe one, of reflection and community.

Emmet Cohen presents
Live From Emmet’s Place Vol. 87 – Ukraine Benefit (Jazz4Ukraine)
Now streaming
Emmet Cohen – Piano / Russell Hall – Bass / Winard Harper – Drums / Yotam Silberstein – Guitar / Erena Terakubo – Alto Saxophone / Luca Filastro – Piano
Watch Emmet Cohen Presents on YouTube

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
New Milestones: Emergence of Beauty
Premiering on Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm
Then on-demand for one week
Over the past year, we witnessed the strength and healing that comes from forward-looking, forward-moving optimism and imagination. And today, having a renewed appreciation for the power of music, we emerge with beauty in our lives.  This Thursday, join CMS for the third New Milestones concert, with works by Jeffrey Mumford, Clarence Barlow, Julius Eastman, and the New York premiere of a work by Salina Fisher.
Watch and listen to New Milestones: Emergence of Beauty

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents
A World of Voices
April 14–30 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Choose-What-You-Pay tickets starting at $5.
The American Songbook concert series will return with A World of Voices, featuring artists from across the globe. Opening the series is the leading voice of Garifuna culture and musical tradition, Aurelio Martínez and The Garifuna Soul Band. Several artists will play newly released material and offer sneak peeks of works still in creation, including the soul and rock singer Natu Camara, acclaimed Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno, and musical theatre writer Jaime Lozano in Songs by an Immigrant featuring an all-star lineup of Latinx Broadway performers. For a full calendar of American Songbook performances, click here:
View the “A World of Voices” calendar on the Lincoln Center website

PBS presents
Chamber Music Society Returns (Part Two):  Bringing Down the House
Premiering Friday, April 15, 10pm, then on demand
Check local listings (in New York on WNET Channel 13)
Following the success of opening night, CMS gets back to work as it continues to mount the 2021-2022 fall season, complete with a number of ambitious projects and daunting challenges. Part Two focuses on gathering over a dozen wind players for whom performing was considered taboo earlier in the pandemic and concluding with the six-city tour of Bach’s timeless Brandenburg Concertos. After ten days of setbacks on the road, including inclement weather, travel delays, and cataclysmic malfunctions, the resilient artists return home to New York to perform these Brandenburg Concertos in Alice Tully Hall, where new questions arise amid a COVID resurgence.
Missed Part One?  Stream it now on ChamberMusicSociety.org or on the PBS app now through April 22.
View Episode One and see Episode Two information on the CMS website

Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents
Sounds & Stories:  Far From Home
World Premiere on Tuesday, April 19, 6:30pm
Post-Concert Zoom Conversation and Q&A with Kinan Azmeh
Available on-demand through May 22
Sounds & Stories continues with a composer portrait of Syrian-American clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. Hosted by David Hyde Pierce and directed by filmmaker Tristan Cook, Far From Home explores Azmeh’s concept of “home” through three locations of personal significance, including Beirut, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, and his hometown of Damascus. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available starting at just $1!
For tickets and more information visit Orchestra of St. Luke’s website


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, work being done by Purchase alums, plus a sampling of arts experiences you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh © Liudmila Jeremies