Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Announces 2015-16 Season Lineup

Shawn Mullins
Shawn Mullins

Wide range of artists to play at Garden City campus

The entertainment lineup for the eighth season for one of Long Island’s premier destination for the arts, the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), has been announced. The 2015–16 season features some of the greatest entertainers from the worlds of dance, music and theater, as well as a variety of productions by the talented students of Adelphi University. Tickets are now on sale.

New this season is the Larson Legacy Concert Series, carrying on the legacy of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent and Adelphi alumnus Jonathan Larson, by showcasing the next generation of musical theatre composers and lyricists. Featured artists are Sam Willmott (Oct. 4) and Max Vernon (March 6).

Classical music audiences will appreciate the return of the acclaimed chamber music ensemble Trio Solisti (Oct. 24 and Feb. 20) for its 11th year as ensemble-in-residence. The ensemble has forged its reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America,” according to The New Yorker.

AUPACSchedule_091815CSpecial family programming returns to AUPAC with the Vital Theatre Company production of Pinkalicious: The Musical. Based on the best-selling children’s books, this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece will be performed the afternoon of Nov. 14 and is specially designed to delight children 2 to 7 years old and their families.

For the evening of Nov. 14, the world-renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company will present a mesmerizing performance. The program will include several Paul Taylor works including the classic Aureole, which he choreographed while he was an adjunct instructor at Adelphi. The Taylor/Adelphi history spans six decades, with Paul Taylor teaching at Adelphi in the early ’60s.

Prominent entertainer Trevor McQueen and his band bring their latest show to the Westermann Stage at AUPAC to celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra and the 90th birthday of Sammy Davis Jr. on Dec. 18.

On March 13, leading Irish music group The Alan Kelly Gang brings its strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies to the stage to draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion they put into their music just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

AUPACSchedule_091815BOn April 16, many will instantly enjoy the appealing melodies of the Chamber Orchestra of New York as they present the works of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the American release of Cinema Paradiso conducted by his son (and acclaimed film composer) Andrea Morricone.

Among other shows that will be undoubtedly popular is AUPAC’s ongoing series of opera and ballet screenings with some of the biggest stars of the opera world in performances from the world’s top opera houses and festivals: Baden-Baden’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Sept. 27), Paris Opera Ballet’s Don Quixote (Oct. 11), Salzburg Festival’s Arabella (Oct. 25), Zurich Opera House’s Le Comte Ory (Nov. 7) and Zurich Opera House’s The Flying Dutchman (Nov. 22).

Three Women and the Truth: Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna and Gretchen Peters
Saturday, Oct. 10

Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award-winning female songwriters, whose songs cut through the murky layers of life’s complexities and bring clarity to many of the challenges we all long to make sense of. The women have significant success as songwriters for well-known artists including Bryan Adams, Jimmy Buffett, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Etta James, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, RaeLynn, Bonnie Raitt, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Holly Williams and many more.

Broadway Back Together
Saturday, Nov. 21

Broadway stars Robin de Jesús, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcus Paul James and Adam Pascal come together for a night celebrating the Great White Way. With hits from Broadway shows like Rent, Wicked, Memphis, Aida, In The Heights, La Cage aux Folles and more.

The Doo Wop Project
Sunday, Feb, 21

Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

Shawn Mullins
Friday, April 8

An Atlanta-based folksinger best known for his Grammy-nominated Top Ten hit “Lullaby,” Shawn Mullins was serving as a member of the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Division when he released his first self-titled cassette (issued on his own label, SM) in 1989. Following the release of 1991’s Everchanging World, he left the military after eight years of service to pursue music on a full-time basis.

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Check out aupac.adelphi.edu for details on these events and others coming to the venue. Information and tickets are available at The Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or boxoffice@adelphi.edu. Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

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