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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.

Joshua Kane in Poe's Tales of Terror
Joshua Kane:
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror

Friday, November 1 at 7:30pm
This classically trained actor performs a thrilling,
tour-de-force performance of The Tell-Tale Heart,
The Cask of Amontillado
, The Raven, Annabel Lee and more. Punctuated with lively anecdotes about
the author and his swift descent into madness, this performance of dark tales and passions is filled with unforgettable characters and stories of revenge, madness and despair. 

Artist website

Presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services and Residence Inn by Marriott.



image for SEVEN by L.A. Theatre WorksL.A. Theatre Works: SEVEN

Sunday, April 5 at 7pm
This riveting documentary play penned by seven female writers is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. A tapestry of stories is woven together with the words of these women, dramatizing their struggles and triumphs over resistance, death threats, entrenched norms and pervasive violence. Talkback with artists follows the performance.   

Artist 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.


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Selected Shorts
Saturday, May 2 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 back 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, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement 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:
Joshua Kane courtesy of the artist

AkaBlas, photo courtesy of Technische Universität Braunschweig

AkaBlas

Thursday, September 19 at 7pm
A “big brass bouncing and boller band” from Germany, this wind orchestra of about 50 members is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a tour of the United States.  The program will include modern arrangements of music from movies and musicals as well as rock and pop music including works from Queen, Bon Jovi, Game of Thrones and Mary Poppins. The concert will be followed by a reception providing an opportunity for the artists and the audience to meet.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with Technische Universität Braunschweig and in collaboration with the Department of Music and Theatre and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy. Support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services and Residence Inn by Marriott.



Rodney MarsalisRodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass: Brothers on the Battlefield

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30pm
A multi-media production with a historically informed narrative, this work salutes the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Six virtuoso musicians perform music of that era with narrator JaQuinley Kerr who brings to life the personal letters of those engulfed in that conflict and the inspirational words of Dr. Maya Angelou. Stunning images created by Vanessa Briceño create a breathtaking backdrop to some of our nation’s most celebrated songs.

Artist website

This engagement is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presented in conjunction with the 400 Years of Inequality Commemoration supported by the Diversity Transformation Fund through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Additional support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, Alumni Association through the Grandma Moses Fund and Residence Inn by Marriott.



Nordic Affect, photo by David OldfieldNordic Affect

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30pm
This all-female Icelandic ensemble was formed by a group of period instrument musicians united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. Violinist Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violist Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, cellist Hanna Loftsdóttir and harpsichordist Guðrún Óskarsdóttir present a program that features works by women composers and those that incorporate the ensemble‘s love of ecology.

Artist website

This engagement is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Alumni Association through the Grandma Moses Fund and Residence Inn by Marriott.


Admission to the AkaBlas concert is free. No tickets are required.

Admission for the other two 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:
AkaBlas courtesy of Technische Universität Braunschweig
Rodney Marsalis courtesy of Mr. Marsalis
Nordic Affect by David Oldfield

DANCE IN ALBANY 2019-20

Parsons Dance, photo by Lois Greenfield

For the fifth 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 15-45% discount. Get all the details here.



SPECIAL EVENTS

This fall, the Performing Arts Center is participating in UAlbany's 400 Years of Inequality Commemoration. Events will be announced here soon.



Photo this page: Parsons Dance by Lois Greenfield


THE CREATIVE LIFE: A CONVERSATION SERIES


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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.

Series funded by the University at Albany Foundation, The John D. Picotte Family Foundation and Stewart's Shops/Dake Family. Additional support is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services.


Philippe Petit, photo by Matthew Banister & Keith Bomely DBOX
French high-wire artist
Philippe Petit

Thursday, October 3
at 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center


Before the conversation, see the "Man on Wire" documentary on September 27 at 7:30pm at Page Hall and an excerpt from Philippe's stage show with a reception at 6pm on October 3 at the University Art Museum. Book signing to follow the conversation.
Rakim, photo by Michael Wong Photography


Legendary rapper and MC
Rakim


Monday, October 28
at 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center


Book signing and reception to follow the conversation.


Jhumpa Lahiri, photo by Liana Miuccio


Pulitzer Prize winning author
Jhumpa Lahiri


Thursday, January 30
at 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center


Book signing to follow the conversation.

More info on these 2019-20 guests

Photos above:
Philippe Petit by Matthew Banister & Keith Bomely DBOX

Rakim, photo by Michael Wong Photography
Jhumpa Lahiri, photo by Liana Miuccio



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


Joe Donahue and Bibbe Hansen, photo by Jackie Mendez
Bibbe Hansen
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Performance artist
Musician
Actress and star of Warhol films


Jean Shin and Joe Donahue, photo by Kim Engel
Jean Shin
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Noted sculptor
Art curator
Public installation artist


Joe Donahue and Esmeralda Santiago, photo by Jennifer Kowalski
Esmeralda Santiago

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Author & essayist
Social activist
Documentary film writer


Susan Orlean and Joe Donahue, photo by Kim Engel
Susan Orlean

Friday, March 1, 2019
Writer
New Yorker journalist
Acclaimed author


Paul Reiser with Joe Donahue, photo by Patrick Dodson
Paul Reiser

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Comedian/Actor
Television writer
Author/Musician

 


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
Joe Donahue and Bibbe Hansen by Jackie Mendez

Jean Shin and Joe Donahue by Kim Engel
Joe Donahue and Esmeralda Santiago by Jennifer Kowalski
Susan Orlean and Joe Donahue by Kim Engel
Paul Reiser and Joe Donahue by Patrick Dodson