September has arrived! Experience live jazz, great performances, a look back at this summer’s NYO events, and a look ahead at two artists who will be part of our 2023-2024 season. Enjoy!

ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains, and the White Plains BID present JazzFest
Wednesday, September 6 – Sunday, September 10
White Plains, NY
JazzFest White Plains returns brighter than ever with more than 15 live performances over five days. Enjoy music by emerging talent and world-class artists including artists presented by the Purchase PAC and Purchase faculty and alums.
View the full schedule of Jazz Fest events

The Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group presents
Great Performances at the Met:  Der Rosenkavalier
Premieres Sunday, September 10, at 2pm on PBS (check local listings)
Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy includes soprano Lise Davidsen as the aging Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover Octavian and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Günther Groissböck returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Brück is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s staging. Deborah Voigt hosts.
Learn more about Great Performances “Der Rosenkavalier” on

Carnegie Hall presents National Youth Ensembles
In 2023, Carnegie Hall celebrates 10 years since the establishment of its national youth ensembles, which invite America’s top teen instrumentalists to come together for free intensive training on the Purchase College campus and performances with the world’s finest artists at Carnegie Hall and around the globe. As national ensembles, these programs include a broad range of musicians that reflect the exceptional talent and diversity of the United States. These teens serve as dynamic music ambassadors for their country as they travel the world, participating in youth exchange and cultural diplomacy activities.

Here’s a sampling of this year’s events that you can watch on YouTube:

Upcoming Events at The Purchase PAC
The Purchase PAC’s 2023-2024 season kicks off with a performance by step-dance ensemble Step Afrika! on September 23 and a program of jazz-meets-classical with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on October 13. Get to know these extraordinary artists via the links below. We hope to see you in the audience!

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 that you really should not miss. Experience them all!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Bassist Endea Owens / White Plains Jazz Fest. Photo (c) Endea Owens