Spring has sprung! The weather is lovely and the arts are thriving. There really is no better time of year to get out of the house and experience all that our region has to offer. Here are some suggestions…

The Canticum Novum Singers present
Bach’s Mass in B minor
Saturday, May 13, at 7:30pm
Church of Saint Mary The Virgin, 145 West 46 Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues), New York, NY
Written at the end of his life, the Mass sums up the entirety of Bach’s career into a transcendent masterpiece of hope and faith, a fitting selection for the final performance after 50 years of this renowned chamber choir.
Get tickets for Canticorum Virtuosi performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor

The Westchester Choral Society and the Hudson Chorale present
Music for Humanity
Friday, May 19, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, May 21, at 3pm
The O’Byrne Chapel at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Purchase College alum David Baranowski will lead over 100 singers, soloists, and a full orchestra in the Brahms Requiem as well as two shorter pieces:  “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré and a contemporary choral work, “Benedictus” by Karl Jenkins.
Get tickets for “Music for Humanity” from Brown Paper Tickets

Caramoor presents
Sunday, June 4, at noon
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY
Open your ears and discover a world of fascinating sounds through Caramoor’s Sonic Innovations exhibition and live performances. Thereminist Dorit Chrysler performs and leads workshops on the world’s oldest electronic instrument. Jonny Allen interprets Iannis Xenakis’ multi-percussion piece Rebonds, as well as plays and jogs between nine suspended bells in excerpts of Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells. Be enthralled as pianist Conor Hanick “prepares” a grand piano by inserting bolts, screws, bits of rubber, and other items between the strings for John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes. Meet the sound artists while you explore our innovative sound art collection and enjoy a deep sensory experience for the whole family. This free event takes place in multiple venues and most do not have seating.
RSVP for Caramoor’s Soundscapes event

The New York Philharmonic presents
Concerts in the Parks
The NY Phil under Music Director Jaap van Zweden performs works by Aaron Copland, Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss II, and participants in the NY Phil Very Young Composers Program.
June 13: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
June 14: Central Park, Manhattan
June 15: Cunningham Park, Queens
June 16: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
June 18: St. George’s Theatre, Staten Island (Free Indoor Concert featuring Musicians from the New York Philharmonic)
Learn more on the NY Philharmonic’s website 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents
Speaking Truth To Power
On-demand on All Arts
Beethoven (arr. Tarkmann):  Incidental Music from Egmont, Op. 84
Liev Schreiber, Narrator
Karen Slack, Soprano
Translated and Adapted by Philip Boehm.  Original narrative text by Franz Grillparzer to accompany Beethoven’s incidental music to Goethe’s Egmont.  Beethoven, an unyielding critic of despots, channeled his ardor and rage into music for Goethe’s historical drama about a local hero defying foreign occupiers. Liev Schreiber narrates an incisive new translation by Philip Boehm, while the clarion voice of Karen Slack and Orpheus illuminate the eternal truths of Egmont.
Watch and listen to Orpheus Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven’s “Egmonton” on All Arts


Culture Picks celebrates the performing arts. In each post, PAC staff member Coni Guhl shines the spotlight on work by artists that you know and love from their appearances at The Purchase PAC, and offers recommendations about other performing arts events, live and virtual, that you really should not miss. Experience them all!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Interactive kinetic sculpture in “C” (Trimpin, 2021).
Photo (c) Gabe Palacio for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts