Youth Archives - The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College



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Shen Yun Performing Arts 2019 World Tour

March 20 – 24

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired.
Purchase Opera: Opera Trio

March 21 – 24, 2019


Join the award-winning Purchase Opera for a trio of one-act operas featuring beloved arias such as “O mio babbino caro” and “Senza mamma.” This triptych consists of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Confession, which serves as a prequel to Suor Angelica. Confession, by Raphaël Lucas, with a libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola, was developed here at Purchase College and serves as a dramatic counterpart to the other two operas. Confession won the National Opera Association Prize for the Best Contemporary Opera 2010-2012.
Portland Cello Project: Homage to Radiohead

March 23, 8:00 pm


Portland’s premiere alt-classical group brings a huge, orchestral ensemble - including brass, percussion, and guest vocals by Patti King of The Shins - to perform a night in homage to Radiohead.  During the first set, expect unique renditions of classical Radiohead pieces that wander from epic to breathtakingly intimate. The second set will be, from start to finish, Radiohead’s seminal OK Computer, a historic album that has proven over the years to yield an infinite variety of artistic inspiration, with musical subtleties that hint at everything from Bach to Stravinsky.
Dance Works

March 24, 4:00 pm

Dance Works presents the 15th annual invitational performance that bridges the gap between Manhattan and global professionals and local student dance performing companies. They gather this season to dance for 3 causes raising awareness and funds for The American Cancer Society and Avon’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer, The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and the March of Dimes.  
Jazz at The Center Spectacular with Cyrille Aimée

March 30, 8:00 pm

Perhaps you've noted the white hot trajectory of Jazz star Cyrille Aimée. Well, did you know this French-born, Dominican-raised phenomenon began her musical life in America right here as a student at Purchase College? As part of the celebration of the Jazz Studies program's 25th anniversary, this performance will bring together Aimée and her steady trumpet voice, Wayne Tucker, along with Professor Doug Weiss at the bass, Purchase alum Aaron Seeber at the drums, and pianist and Head of Jazz Studies, Pete Malinverni.
Tiempo Libre

April 7, 3:00 pm


One of the hottest Latin bands on the scene today! Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. They are equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages, and dance venues, playing sophisticated tropical music — an exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities, and seductive Latin rhythms.
Westchester Philharmonic: All-Beethoven Season Finale

April 7, 3:00 pm


Of violinist Pamela Frank, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: "She has a big, rich sound that vibrates, phrasing breathes with great purpose. Even single notes don't leave the strings without meaning." With Ms. Frank on violin, Meastro Laredo on the podium, and the virtuosic Westchester Philharmonic, Beethoven's powerful and lyrical masterpieces couldn't be in better hands.
Tiempo Libre (AiE)

April 8

This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for Grades: 5 – 12 Originally from Havana, Tiempo Libre’s seven classically trained Afro-Cuban musicians have made it their mission to share their homeland’s rich musical tradition with school audiences of all ages, using beats that will make you want to get up and dance!
Henry VI, Part I

April 19 – 27, 2019

King Henry V has died. As the English battle the armies of the brilliant and fanatical Joan of Arc, the underage King Henry VI’s courtiers are busy fighting each other instead of the French, thus beginning the Wars of the Roses.  Fast moving and packed with action, this early history play (a source for Game of Thrones) gives us a world burning unawares.  Oh, and swords. Lots and lots of swords.
The Triplets of Belleville

April 20, 8:00 pm

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The unclassifiable, richly imagined The Triplets Of Belleville — a fantastical caper involving the Tour de France, the French Mafia, a kidnapping, and a wily grandmother and her faithful dog — becomes a wild spectacle featuring dancing, singing, foley sound effects, and the original hot swing score performed live by its composer Benoît Charest and his eight-piece Orchestre Terrible de Belleville band.

April 25, 10:00 am

This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for Grades: 5 – 12 The internationally recognized dance company BODYTRAFFIC is committed to building bridges with K-12 student audiences through innovative programs that present exciting new ways to engage with today’s most distinctive choreographic voices.  

April 25, 8:00 pm


BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, recruiting great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance by distinctive choreographic voices.
Purchase Symphony Orchestra

May 3, 7:00 pm


The Purchase Symphony Orchestra is made up of the phenomenally talented students of the Conservatory of Music. Every player is coached individually and jointly towards making each Purchase Symphony Orchestra concert a memorable occasion. The Purchase Symphony Orchestra is proud to represent the great tradition of Western Classical Music to the Purchase community and beyond.
Breaking Ground Dance Center

May 5

Our recital theme this year "This Is Me" is derived for our philosophy at Breaking Ground Dance Center. We believe that every child possesses a gift that is ready to be opened. Our staff looks forward to helping our students open and develop their own unique gifts at their own pace. With our focus on personal growth and self-esteem, there is no limit to what a child can achieve! Enjoy watching our dancers as they take the stage and proclaim "THIS IS ME"!
Daniel Kelly’s Rakonto: Student Voices

May 5, 3:00 pm


Composer/pianist Daniel Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling music that has delighted audiences around the country. This unique performance has been specially created right here in Westchester for family audiences. Audiences will hear the dreams, hopes, and struggles of local students in recorded interviews that are seamlessly blended with original compositions performed by Kelly’s band of world-class musicians.
The Phantom Toolbooth

May 15

This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for Grades: 2 – 5 In Enchantment Theatre Company’s delightful adaptation of the beloved classic by Norton Juster, Milo and his companions persevere to bring Rhyme and Reason home. Along the way, he discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity, and knowledge. *Rescheduled from January 18*  
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.
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.
CMS of Lincoln Center: Milestones

March 14, 5:00 pm

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A feast for the eyes and ears, Bartók’s ingenious creation stands alone in the chamber music literature, an astonishing synthesis of percussion and keyboard. Also featured on the program are two more milestones: Dohnányi’s delectable Serenade, the 20th century’s first string trio, and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet ne plus ultra, “Souvenir de Florence.”
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.