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Flamenco Legends: The Paco de Lucia Project

October 20, 3:00 pm

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Paco de Lucía was widely considered to be the world’s premier flamenco guitarist and by many to be Spain’s greatest musical export. He died more than three years ago, leaving behind an immense impact on flamenco music. Now members of his last touring band, led by guitarist-producer and 10-time Latin Grammy® winner Javier Limón, are on the road as the Flamenco Legends, revisiting the late guitarist's music and honoring his legacy while paving a new path into the future of flamenco.
Gina Chavez

November 8, 8:00 pm

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A multi-ethnic Latin pop sensation, Gina Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted, a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk. With dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary, Chavez’s songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, expertly blending sounds with tension and grace.
Dorrance Dance

November 10, 3:00 pm

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This electrifying company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” Founded by Artistic Director, 2015 MacArthur fellow, and 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Michelle Dorrance, the company has, in less than a decade, forged a brand that honors tap dance’s uniquely American history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context—blending traditional technique with cutting-edge choreography and inventive rhythms.
Chouk Bwa

November 16, 8:00 pm

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From the countryside of the New World’s first free black republic, Chouk Bwa performs stripped-down Haitian roots music: enthralling percussion, dance, call-and-response singing, work songs, Vodou performances, and Holy Week rara music. The music of Chouk Bwa is a proud statement of Haitian culture, of a nation that’s known the hardest of times but whose spirit remains as tough as those ancient drums. This event is part of the Purchase College (T)Here Festival, a campus-wide celebration of the art and culture of Haiti.
Arch 8: Rising Tide

November 23, 3:00 pm

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Experience the world premiere of Rising Tide, a brand-new work from the innovative Dutch dance-theatre company Arch 8, commissioned by The PAC.  Arch 8 and choreographer Erik Kaiel are known for creating unorthodox, acrobatic dance for kids and grown-ups who can’t sit still, specializing in joyful and engaging interactive performances. Their work for young audiences encourages an active viewing, a participatory imagining on the part of the audience – and, oftentimes, a willingness to come up on stage and play along.
CMS of Lincoln Center: Great Innovators

November 23, 5:00 pm

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In a single decade, with works such as The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky showed possibilities for musical extremism never before imagined. With bracing harmonies, infectious rhythms, and brilliant orchestration, everything that Stravinsky created in this fertile period stole the musical show of the era, and this trio arrangement of The Soldier’s Tale (Stravinsky’s own) introduced his wildly controversial music to the chamber music stage. Innovations abound in this program: Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio (the first of its kind), Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words (his own invention), and Smetana’s Piano Trio, the first major chamber work from the Bohemian region.

December 13, 8:00 pm

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Experience the avant premiere of An Untitled Love from award-winning choreographer and Purchase grad Kyle Abraham. A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham is one of today’s most in-demand choreographers. His work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior, and all things visual, in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage.
CMS of Lincoln Center: French Enchantment

January 25, 5:00 pm

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Experience the grace, wit, and charm of French music. The program begins and ends with early works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré that recreate the elegant atmosphere of 19-century Parisian salons. In between, the Ravel sonata, written soon after World War I, uses just two string instruments to produce a composition of unique, austere beauty. These three inimitable works capture the essence of pure melody in its most delightfully fundamental form.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

February 8, 5:00 pm

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A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, audience favorite Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. With 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and 42 commissioned and premiered original works, Orpheus performs without a conductor and creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, and a passion for artistic excellence.
Villalobos Brothers

February 8, 8:00 pm

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Contemporary and high-octane, The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis, joined by Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Avila, and bassist Leo Sherman) are redefining contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice.
Paul Taylor Dance Company

February 14, 8:00 pm

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Dance maker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of 64 years of unrivaled creativity, and [add comma] in the decades that followed, Mr. Taylor became a cultural icon and one of American history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.
The Manhattan Transfer

February 15, 8:00 pm

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The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording 41 years ago. With sold-out world tours and worldwide record sales in the millions, The Manhattan Transfer continues to bring unique and extraordinary melodic and jazz infused vocals to new and established audiences that span generations.  

February 23, 3:00 pm

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MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years. The latest creation from the “Musicians of Silence,” you & me is a surreal and enchanting experience, with large scale masks, acrobatics, sculptural puppetry, and visual antics – but no music or sound aside from the awe, joy, and laughter of the audience.
Air Play

February 28, 7:00 pm

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Join us on a circus-style adventure about two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Ages 6+
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

March 1, 3:00 pm

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Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author - The Very Hungry CaterpillarLittle Cloud, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon - are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. Adapted, designed, and directed by Jim Morrow, the production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Ages 3+
It Gets Better

March 6, 8:00 pm


It Gets Better brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to the stage as a moving musical theater performance – equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment, and inspiration – featuring real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country. Produced by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in collaboration with the It Gets Better Project and Speak Theater Arts.
A Cappella Live!

March 15, 3:00 pm

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Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon, vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, this high-energy musical celebration of contemporary a cappella brings together four of todays' top acts - The Filharmonic, Committed, Blake Lewis, and Women of the World - for an absolutely fun and extremely entertaining afternoon of vocal music.  
Mariachi Los Camperos

March 20, 8:00 pm

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America’s favorite mariachi ensemble brings their solid-gold Mexican sound to Purchase for one night only. Acclaimed by audiences at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and other major venues throughout the U.S., their skillfully arranged versions of classic mariachi melodies and regional styles of traditional music feature full-throated harmonies and unforgettable festive pageantry.
Treehouse Shakers: The Boy Who Grew Flowers

March 22, 3:00 pm

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Adapted from the picture book by Mara McEwin, commisisoned by The PAC, and choreographed by Emily Bunning, this new dance-theatre piece from Treehouse Shakers tells the story young Rink Bowagon, who lives on top of Lonesome Mountain with his unusual family of rattlesnake tamers and shape-shifters. Incorporating shadow puppetry, original music, and movement, The Boy Who Grew Flowers is a thoughtful story that lends itself to themes of diversity, creating empathy, and celebrating individualism. Ages 4+
Black Violin: Impossible Tour

March 27, 8:00 pm

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Black Violin’s Impossible Tour heads our way, spreading the message that anything is possible and there are no limits to what one can achieve, regardless of circumstance. Stereotype-smashing Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass to create a sound they call “classical boom." Headed by Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, a.k.a. Kev Marcus and Wil B. on violin and viola, alongside DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, Black Violin uses their music to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
Doug Varone and Dancers

March 28, 8:00 pm

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For more than 30 years, Doug Varone and Dancers has devoted itself to the humanity and virtuosity of dance, reaching out to audiences well beyond the proscenium arch. They are one of the most respected dance companies working today, having created an expansive legacy and impressive body of work encompassing dance, theatre, opera, and film. Included in the program will be the world premiere of a new work, commissioned by The PAC.

April 18, 8:00 pm

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The explosive Montreal-based RUBBERBANDance Group has a style all its own, creating and producing innovative, high-energy works that are inspired by breakdancing, classical ballet, and dance theatre. Fascinated by the raw dynamic of hip-hop and breakdancing and the purity of classical formalism, choreographer and RUBBERBANDance Artistic Director Victor Quijada has been demolishing barriers between these contrasting dance styles for more than 15 years.
CMS of Lincoln Center:  Masterworks

April 25, 5:00 pm

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Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet holds a rightful place in the line of great piano quintets going back to Schumann’s of 1842. Combining the rigor of Bach with the powerful energy and extreme irony of Soviet era music, the work is a milestone not only of chamber music but also of Shostakovich’s career: it won him the coveted Stalin Prize. This essential quintet is accompanied by a youthful Beethoven sonata and Mendelssohn’s appropriately tempestuous First Piano Trio.
Gravity and Other Myths: A Simple Space

May 2, 2020

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Playful, joyous, and stunning, A Simple Space sets audiences alight with non-stop feats of unbelievable acrobatic ability and human physicality. No make-up, no theatrical lighting, just seven acrobats and live percussion. The audience is brought in close, so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment. With nothing left to hide behind personal narratives come through naturally; this honesty is the essence behind A Simple Space.  
Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza

May 5, 8:00 pm

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From its beginning in 1994, Compañía de Danza Tania Pérez-Salas was founded with the ambition of becoming a point of reference in the world of modern dance. Adhering relentlessly to an artistic core grounded in quality, precise technique, and multiculturalism, the company is well-recognized with a portfolio of performances at the major cultural capitals of North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.