There is something for everyone to enjoy this month – from rock music to chamber music, from dance to opera, from live performance to live stream. Take it all in!
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame presents
Induction Ceremony 2023
Friday, November 3, at 8pm at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
The ceremony will be broadcast live on Disney+ and will be available to stream following the ceremony.
ABC will air a special featuring performance highlights and standout moments on Monday, January 1, 2024, from 8-11pm.
2023 inductees: Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and The Spinners, along with DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray for Musical Influence, and Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin for Musical Excellence, as well as Don Cornelius for the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Fans can expect the stage to come alive with rare once-in-a-lifetime performances and collaborations that will celebrate the legacy and influence of the class of 2023, who represent the diversity and vitality that define and illuminate the meaning of rock and roll.
Learn more and access the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live stream
The Purchase PAC presents
Saturday, November 4, at 8pm
Challenge, passion, empathy, inclusion, and growth are at the heart of everything BODYTRAFFIC does. It seeks to elevate dance beyond an art form to a mode of exploration and celebration of ideas and spirit through movement. Because, after all, without movement, nothing changes.
Tickets to see BODYTRAFFIC at The Purchase PAC on November 4 are still available!
Check out BODYTRAFFIC’s channel on Vimeo
Watch BODYTRAFFIC’s “sizzle reel” on YouTube
Watch the Post-Show Talk: BODYTRAFFIC | Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2022
BODYTRAFFIC: The Making of SNAP choreographed by Micaela Taylor [Joyce Theater]
Young Musicians of Westchester (YMW) presents
A Program of Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy
Sunday, November 5, at 2pm
In the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY
Students from the Chamber Music Program at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music will perform classical chamber music. YMW provides opportunities for talented young musicians embarking on professional careers to perform for Westchester audiences. Registration is requested. Register online or call (914) 813-3706.
Learn more about the program and register on the New Rochelle Public Library website
The Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group presents
Great Performances at the Met: Champion
Premieres Sunday, November 5 at 2pm on PBS (check local listings)
Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard returns to the Met with an opera based on the true story of boxer Emile Griffith, who rose from obscurity to become a world champion despite being a closeted bisexual. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green stars as the young boxer, with bass-baritone Eric Owens as Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore also stars as Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe plays the gay bar owner, Kathy Hagen. The production reunites the creative team from last season’s Great Performances at the Met: Fire Shut Up in My Bones, including conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, director James Robinson, and choreographer Camille A. Brown. Lawrence Brownlee hosts.
Learn more about Great Performances: Champion on PBS.org
Learn more about artists who are coming to The Purchase PAC in 2024!
PBS presents In Motion: Urban Bush Women
Join Urban Bush Women (UBW) during their 2018-19 residency at BRIC for a look into their process that extends far beyond the dance stage. UBW uses dance, movement, and hair as a vehicle to examine race and identity. In this episode, you’ll see UBW’s community engagement workshop, known as a “Hair Party,” and the holistic way it informs their staged production of “Hair and Other Stories.
Watch PBS Presents: Urban Bush Women on PBS.org
Get tickets to see Urban Bush Women at The Purchase PAC on February 24, 2024
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe
Inside Chamber Music lectures help you to deepen your relationship with the music. They include live performances of the pieces being discussed, are beloved by regulars, and are a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance.
Inside Chamber Music is coming to The Purchase PAC on April 17, 2024! Click to learn more.
Inside Chamber Music: Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat major for Strings, Op. 130
On demand. Originally streamed live on October 25, 2023.
In his String Quartet Opus 130 and its original final movement, the “Grosse Fuge,” Beethoven created music of extraordinary tension, arising from the struggle between traditional concepts of form and his boundless imagination — a conflict of order and chaos that remains relevant and even urgent today. This Inside Chamber Music lecture features a work from Emerson String Quartet: Farewell Performance on October 21 and 22, 2023.
Watch “Inside Chamber Music: Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat major” on YouTube
Inside Chamber Music: Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 9
Premiering November 1, 2023. Available on-demand until Saturday, November 11, at 6:30pm.
Like Brahms’s Piano Trio Op. 8, the Trio élégiaque is the work of a 20-year-old master who had already developed a personal, recognizable sound world. The piano is the center of gravity in the trio, and it demands a virtuoso technique (and large hands). Of course, Rachmaninoff played the piano in the premiere of this impassioned tribute to the memory of Tchaikovsky. This piece was performed at The PAC last month as part of CMS’s Rachmaninoff: The Composer program.
Watch and listen to Rachmaninoff’ Trio Elegiaque in D-minor on CMS.org
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: BODYTRAFFIC (c) Timothy Fernandez