Performing Arts Center, Purchase College Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring David Sedaris, Rob Mathes and More

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College will once again welcome audiences to its theaters to experience world-class live performing arts beginning in October 2022. True to its heritage of sharing new work alongside established virtuosity, the 2022-2023 reopening season will activate old artistic partnerships and form new friendships.

The season kicks off Saturday, October 8 with the wit, humor and insight of David Sedarisand will continue through Spring 2023. Highlights include a concert series featuring Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society supported by an ArtsWestchester ReStart the Arts Fellowship, performances by Paul Taylor Dance Company, Angélique Kidjo and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as emerging artists, world-class musicians and singers, and an Arts in Education series that will include virtual and live performances.

All performances will be held at PAC, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577. Tickets are currently available online by visiting®id=84&

Performing Arts Center Acting Chief Executive Ian Driver says, “We enter the 2022-23 season with a renewed commitment to engaging audiences through live performances and complementary activities that explore the creative process and spark collaborative thinking, allowing us to build deeper relationships with artists and each other. In other words, we will enliven our lobby and campus spaces with talks, masterclasses, open rehearsals and residencies We can’t wait for you – supporters, students, friends and artists – to join us, share our stages, halls and backstage to make a visit to PAC as inspiring and invigorating as possible.”


Saturday, October 8, 8 p.m.
David Sedaris is one of America’s preeminent humor writers, beloved for his personal essays and short stories. In his latest collection of essays, “Happy-Go-Lucky”, Sedaris once again captures the most unexpected, hilarious and poignant in recent personal and public upheaval. If we are to live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris. Join us as he brings his acerbic humor, social commentary and outlandish stories to the concert hall stage. As always, the reading will be followed by a signing session.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center US Visitors*

Saturday, October 29, 5 p.m.
$30 / $65
The United States has been greatly enriched by the influences of its many distinguished visitors. In a program celebrating American musical diversity, we will enjoy Dvořák’s sublime music twice, once through his “American” voice in the Sonatina, composed in Spillville, Iowa, and his distinctively Czech mode with his iconic Piano Quintet . Between the two, the stage is shared by the Belgians and the English, while we hear the touching “Child’s Dream” by Eugène Ysaÿe, and the astonishing Piano Quintet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Conversations with Friends*

Saturday, November 19, 5 p.m.
$30 / $65
Born one year and 500 miles apart, Robert Schuman and Felix Mendelssohn met in Leipzig in 1835. This would be the beginning of a deep artistic and personal relationship, which would extend to Schumann’s wife, Clara, a virtuoso pianist and composer herself. Mendelssohn produced his Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49 in 1839, which Schumann declared an immediate masterpiece, and went so far as to pay homage to it in his own Piano Trio in the same key 8 years later , written for Clara as a birthday present in 1847. Mendelssohn would die a few months after this composition, from a series of strokes, leaving the Schumanns devastated. This program combines the compositions of these incredible friends, performed by musicians conversing musically on stage to bring these works to life.

Friday December 16 and Saturday December 17
8 p.m. both evenings
$40 / $65 / $85

It just wouldn’t be like the holidays without our good friend and native of Greenwich, Connecticut. Rob Mathes back on stage. Returning after a three-year hiatus, this spectacular celebration will feature Mathes, his star band and a choir of saints and friends. Get ready for an energetic evening of rock, jazz and blues – original tunes and new versions of your favorite holiday classics – that will get you into the spirit of the season.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Change frame

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Sunday, January 22, 3 p.m.
$80 / $45
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra refreshes the memorable images of Pictures at an Exhibition with a new arrangement by Jannina Norpoth that uses incisive ensemble virtuosity to magnify overlooked details in Mussorgsky’s original piano score. A new piece by rising star Hanna Benn takes its own visual flight, responding to works by women of color in MoMA’s collection. Rendering Prokofiev’s flawless violin sonata as a raw, vulnerable dialogue with strings and percussion, Renaud Capuçon plays “with a disarming sureness of touch, its silvery tonal purity combining with an enticing Gaulish restraint”. (The Strade)

Dyed Contemporary Ballet

Saturday February 4, 8 p.m.
$30 / $45 / $70
Led by dance icons Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has awakened audiences by reinventing contemporary dance and ballet through a revolutionary blend of methods, styles and cultures. The program will include WOKE (2019), a bold and uplifting ballet that examines our humanity in the context of the current divide, and Love Rocks (2020), set to music by the iconic Lenny Kravitz.

The Queen’s cartoonists

Saturday February 11, 7 p.m.
$25 / $35 / $45
Currently hailing from Queens, New York, the Queen’s cartoonists bring iconic cartoons to life. Drawing on over 100 years of animation, their musical performances are perfectly synchronized with the films shown on stage. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a visual and aural feast,” the band matches the energy of the entertainment, dragging audiences through a world of virtuoso musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem and crazy comedy.

Saturday February 25, 8 p.m.
$40 / $65 / $80
“One of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world,” declares The New York Times. Dancer Paul Taylor (1930-2018) first performed her choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. This modest performance marked the beginning of a deep and unbroken creative output that shaped the future of American modern dance and which continues to this day.

Gibney Company

Saturday March 11, 8 p.m.
$30 / $45 / $70
Led by Gibney Founder, Artistic Director and CEO Gina Gibney and Gibney Company Director Gilbert T Small II, The Gibney Company is a creative-based repertoire company that commissions works from choreographers from internationally renowned and emerging artists committed to exploring the links between the rigorous physics of contemporary dance and responsive, humanistic storytelling. Gibney Company has emerged into the touring world with an extraordinary company of dancers and an astonishing list of world-renowned choreographers creating new work for the company.

Lincoln Center Delight & Drama Chamber Music Society*

Saturday March 18, 5 p.m.
$30 / $65
The quintessential Russian and Viennese styles abound in this pair of composers deeply rooted in their unique cultures. Arensky’s Slavic melancholy gives way to Brahms’ exuberant flair as we juxtapose works in popular and formal idioms: Arensky’s Miniatures for Children and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances show the composers at their best, while their two piano trios reveal the depth and mastery that have earned each legendary status and enduring appeal. CMS Co-Artistic Director Wu Han will take to the stage as part of this delightful program.

Angelique Kidjo

Saturday April 15, 8 p.m.
Four times winner of a Grammy Award, Angélique Kidjo is today one of the greatest artists in international music, a creative force with thirteen albums to her credit. Her latest album, Mother Nature, won the Grammy for Best World Music Album last April. Encountered the best raves of his career, he tackles major issues like the climate crisis and the struggle for freedom, but in Kidjo’s hands these themes are translated into music of radiant joy. The album also reinforces its status as a true icon of African music.

*The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series at PAC is made possible with funds from ReStart the Arts, a grant program of ArtsWestchester with support from the Office of the Governor, New York State Legislature and New York State Council on the Arts.

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ADDRESS: 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577



THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, PURCHASE COLLEGE (The PAC), a four-theatre complex located on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, is the premier nonprofit professional arts presenter in the Southeast New York and South -western Connecticut.

PAC has long been a hub for highly skilled artists, civic and academic leaders, community activists, and volunteers who recognize the power of investing in the performing arts to spark creativity and connection.

Through education and engagement programs, PAC creates opportunities for more than 20,000 local K-12 students and multigenerational learners to participate in the artistic process. The PAC maintains a collaborative relationship with the population of the campus, organizing performances for the Conservatories of Music, Dance and Theater. Purchase College students can take advantage of masterclasses, on-site training, internships, job opportunities, and ticket discounts. An active facility rental business focuses on providing space and support for high quality musical recordings and technical rehearsals. PAC looks forward to a return to presenting live performances by world-class touring professional artists this fall, after an extended hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY, is located 28 miles northeast of New York City on the Connecticut border. The College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), is a public higher education institution encompassing the liberal arts and sciences, vocational training in the performing and visual arts, continuing education, the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Performing Center for Art.

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