On-demand selections of beautiful music, tributes to Joni Mitchell and Adam Sandler, and a live performance by Purchase College Conservatory of Music students are among this week’s picks. Enjoy!

Library of Congress presents
A Conversation with Joni Mitchell
Gershwin Prize honoree Joni Mitchell appears in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the historic Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  Tune in to PBS on Friday, March 31, at 9pm to watch Joni Mitchell receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. Among the many talented artists participating in this celebration of her work is Angelique Kidjo, who you will be able to see live in concert right here at The Purchase PAC on April 15.
Watch “A Conversation with Joni Mitchell” on YouTube

The Kennedy Center presents
Idina Menzel as “Opera Man”
To celebrate Adam Sandler, 2023 Mark Twain Prize recipient.  The March 19 event will be streamed on CNN on Saturday, April 1, at 8pm and then available on CNN digital platforms.
Watch Idina Menzel as “Opera Man” on YouTube

Young Musicians of Westchester presents
Classical Chamber Music
Sunday, April 2, at 2 pm; Ossie Davis Theater, New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY
Works by Gabrielli, Ravel and Bartók performed by a student ensemble from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. Admission is free but advance registration is recommended.
Tickets: Reserve tickets at the New Rochelle Public Library website.
Learn more about Young Musicians of Westchester concerts

Aspen Music Festival and School presents
Hadelich Plays the Sibelius Violin Concerto
One-Time Rebroadcast on Thursday, April 13, at 8pm on the AMFS Virtual Stage
Revisit a powerful performance from the 2022 Festival from the comfort of your own home! Hear Augustin Hadelich’s virtuosic take on Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and the powerful sound of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in its performance of Mahler’s First Symphony under the baton of Robert Spano.
Watch and listen on the Aspen Music Festival website

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82 I. Aria: “Ich habe genug” (1727)
Recorded live in Alice Tully Hall on March 31, 2019.
Artists:  Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone; Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello; [Purchase Professor] Timothy Cobb, double bass; Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord; Stephen Taylor, oboe
Watch and listen on YouTube

Wigmore Hall presents
Francesca Dego violin; Alessio Bax piano
The Italian violinist continues to win admiration for live performances and recordings covering a wide range of repertoire: ‘the approach is modern-instrument with period awareness, the youthful playfulness of much of this music well caught … Dego draws some beguiling sounds from her instruments’.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):  Violin Sonata in B flat K454
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):  Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78
Ferrucio Busoni (1866-1924):  Violin Sonata No. 2 Op. 36a BV 244, II. Presto
Watch and listen to Wigmore Hall presents on YouTube


Culture Picks is a bi-weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The PAC’s 2022-2023 season kicked off on October 8 and cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to shine the spotlight on artists that will be a part of it. Each post will feature her curated selection of video, audio, and things to read about one of our artists, plus an occasional recommendation about other performing arts experiences that you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Violinist Francesca Dego (c) Davide Cerati