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Each year, the staff of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center selects performances to augment and complement the offerings of the Department of Music and Theatre. Often, these professional companies are on campus for several days sharing their artistic work and vision. We are proud of the multi-disciplinary artists who will be with us this season and graciously thank the University at Albany Foundation for the support of the majority of the series as well as all of the partners help to make their presence here a possibility.

Tiffany Yasmin Hosein and Amir Khafagy in Beyond Sacred, photo Adam Nadel
Beyond Sacred:
Voices of Muslim Identity

Sunday, October 14 at 7:30pm
This documentary style theatre work by Ping Chong + Company illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who have come of age in a post-9/11 society and are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims.  Their true stories create a beautiful and intensely poignant cry for understanding at a time when such sentiments are more necessary than ever.

Artist website Mona Haydar, photo by Mona Haydar and Ibtihaj Muhammad, photo by Heidi Gutman-Guillaume
 
In advance of this performance, hear more voices of Muslim identity with Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad on Wednesday, October 10. More info can be found by clicking the Special Events tab above.

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute. The engagement by Ping Chong + Company is made possible through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Residence Inn by Marriott.



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Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm
Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences.  Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Playwright's website

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and Residence Inn by Marriott.


Selected Shorts logo

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30pm
It's story time…for adults.  Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on new life when they are performed by stars of stage, screen and television.  Public Radio International’s wildly popular series and podcast comes to town offering a unique evening of literature in performance.

Program website

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by the University at Albany Foundation and Residence Inn by Marriott.


Admission for each of the shows above
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity by Adam Nadel

San Jose Taiko, photo by Higashi Design

San Jose Taiko

Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Mesmerizing audiences since 1973, these talented performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit as they create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, they have broadened the art form by infusing other world rhythms including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and Jazz.

Artist website

In advance of this performance, catch the free screening of the documentary Great Grandfather’s Drum on Friday, October 26 at 7pm cosponsored by the NYS Writers Institute. More info can be found by clicking the Special Events tab above.

This engagement is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with additional support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Residence Inn by Marriott.



Laura Klugherz, photo by Cathy Dietz and Steven Heyman, photo by Suzanne VinnikKlugherz/Heyman Duo

Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30pm
Artists in residence at Colgate University, violinist Laura Klurgherz and pianist Steven Heyman offer an “An Evening with Beethoven” performing the violin/piano Op. 12, No. 2; Op. 23 and Op. 96 in anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth.

Artist website
Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with Colgate University. Support provided by the University at Albany Foundation and Residence Inn by Marriott.


Admission for each of the shows above
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
San Jose Taiko by Higashi Design
Laura Klugherz by Cathy Dietz
Steven Heyman by Suzanne Vinnik

DANCE IN ALBANY

Ephrat Asherie Dance in Odeon, photo by Christopher Duggan

For the fourth season, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center is collaborating with
The Egg on a joint dance series. This year, there are nine performances in two locations that can be purchased at a 20-45% discount. Get all the details here.



SPECIAL EVENTS
Silver 25
Silver Celebration
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) marks its 25th anniversary with a series of celebratory events, several which will take place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center (see below). Complete schedule can be found here.

Thursday, September 20 at 7:30pm (ticketed event)
- Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs a program of collaborations with CAS faculty. More info here

Friday, October 5 at 3pm - The Department of Music & Theatre pays tribute to CAS with Songs and Sounds for Silver, a music/spoken word program. More info here
David Gersten
Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm - Architect/artist/writer/educator David Gersten speaks about creating new structures and spaces for creative exchange across disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences.
Melanie Wallace
Monday, October 22 at 7pm - NOVA Senior Series Producer Melanie Wallace discusses her career with America’s most- watched prime time science series and the essential ties between the humanities, history, science and truth.


Mona Haydar, photo by Mona Haydar and Ibtihaj Muhammad, photo by Heidi Gutman-Guillaume
Mona Haydar and
Ibtihaj Muhammad

Wednesday, October 10
4:15pm (craft talk)
7pm (conversation/Q&A
)
Mona is a Syrian American rapper, activist and artist whose debut song Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) was named one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time by Billboard.  A fencing champion, Ibtihaj became the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal.  They share the stage to tell their stories.
Tiffany Yasmin Hosein and Amir Khafagy in Beyond Sacred, photo Adam Nadel
After this event, come see Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity by Ping Chong + Company on Sunday, October 14. More info can be found by clicking the Theatre tab above.

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center and the NYS Writers Institute



Great Grandfather's Drum
Friday, October 26 at 7pm
Screened in advance of the performance by San Jose Taiko, this documentary is an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese-American drum ensemble. Through dynamic performances on giant drums, they travel on a heartfelt journey back to rural Japan to seek their ancestral roots.
San Jose Taiko, photo by Higashi Design
After this event, come see San Jose Taiko on Saturday, November 10. More info can be found by clicking the Music tab above.

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center and the NYS Writers Institute


Gold 50
Gold Celebration
Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm
The Performing Arts Center’s doors opened exactly 50 years ago on this date. Please join us for a special performance commemorating the occasion.


The Special Events on this page are free admission, unless otherwise noted.

Photo this page:
Ephrat Asherie Dance in Odeon, photo by Christopher Duggan
Mona Haydar, photo by Mona Haydar
Ibtihaj Muhammad, photo by Heidi Gutman-Guillaume
Beyond Sacred by Adam Nadel
San Jose Taiko by Higashi Design

logo for The Creative Life

Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. "Roundtable" host Joe Donahue conducts live
on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Bibbe Hansen
Bibbe Hansen

Wednesday, September 5
at 7pm - University Art Museum
Pre-conversation reception at 5:30 at University Art Museum

Performance artist, musician
Actress and star of Warhol films

Artist website

Jean Shin, photo by Daniel Terna
Jean Shin


Thursday, November 1
at 7pm - Performing Arts Center
Pre-conversation reception at 5:30 at University Art Museum
Noted sculptor, curator
Public installation artist


Artist website

Esmeralda Santiago, photo by Robert Curtis
Esmeralda Santiago


Thursday, November 8
at 7pm
Campus Center Ballroom
Best selling author and essayist
Documentary screenwriter

Artist website


There will be additional guests announced at a later date for the spring.



THE CREATIVE LIFE ARCHIVES
(click on the name to hear the interview)
Joe Donahue and Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Suzanne Lance
Joyce Carol Oates
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Novelist, poet and essayist
Pulitzer Prize finalist
New York Times best-selling author


Savion Glover, photo by Suzanne Lance
Savion Glover
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Dancer, choreographer and hoofer
Tony Award nominee and winner
Broadway, television and film star



Joe Donahue and Regina Carter, photo by Bryan Robinson
Regina Carter
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Violin virtuoso
Jazz artist and improviser
MacArthur Fellow



Joe Donahue and David Salle, photo by  Suzanne Lance
David Salle
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Renowned painter
Film and stage designer
Author on fine ar
t


Lois Lowry and Joe Donahue, photo by Patrick Ferlo
Lois Lowry
Friday, November 10, 2017
Author of The Giver & Number the Stars
Newbery Medal winner
Leading voice of children's literature


Garth Fagan and Joe Donahue, photo by Patrick Ferlo
Garth Fagan

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Lion King choreographer
Tony Award winner
Dance company founder


Patti LuPone converses with Joe Donahue in The Creative Life, photo by Patrick Ferlo

Patti LuPone
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Actress, singer, Broadway star
Grammy & Tony Award winner
New York Times best-selling author


Series funded by the University at Albany Foundation with additional support from the Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and University Auxiliary Services.


Photos this page:
Bibbe Hansen by John E. Espinosa
Jean Shin by Daniel Terna
Esmeralda Santiago by Robert Curtis
Joe Donahue and Joyce Carol Oates by Suzanne Lance
Savion Glover by Suzanne Lance
Regina Carter and Joe Donahue by Bryan Robinson
David Salle and Joe Donahue by Suzanne Lance

Lois Lowry and Joe Donahue by Patrick Ferlo
Joe Donahue and Garth Fagan by Patrick Ferlo
Patti LuPone and Joe Donahue by Patrick Ferlo