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HS2 Stirs Up Emotions at AUPAC This Past Weekend

April 16, 2012 - by Scott

This weekend the AUPAC proudly hosted the Hubbard Street 2 dance company in the Olmsted Theatre.  The show was greatly anticipated and delivered a powerful experience to the audience.  One audience member in particular wrote of the quandary she was in during and post-performance.  Check out this entry from the blog Artillerie.

If you saw the show, what did you think?  If you didn't, what else is on your mind?  


This is so cool!

March 23, 2012 - by Scott

Music for Food for Thought

March 23, 2012 - by Scott


I thought this was a strange-but-true article from the Independent UK to start the day with.  It's just one of those things: chamber-infused gastronomy?  Who figured this out?  Anyway, it's a short article and good one for a Friday morning when work would have been otherwise una-peel-ing.  Yup I did just do that.

Read the article here.



Know Before You Go: The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

March 22, 2012 - by Scott

What's the difference between a freight train and a symphony orchestra?  

The freight train needs a conductor.

Here's an article by Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim of the Wall Street Journal providing the inside scoop regarding this conductorless group.  The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs live onstage at AUPAC Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  For more info or to order your tix now check out aupac.adelphi.edu 

Read the article here.


Innovation in the Arts

March 19, 2012 - by Scott

I spent the weekend at ArtsReach, a conference for arts managers.  I certainly learned a lot about new technology in the arts as well as new marketing strategies I have just got to try.  On the fun side of things, I came across this audio postcard produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

In this audio postcard, BAM describes their project--to explore and develop creative approaches to serving local artists, community-based organization and audiences.  It is a part of a series of 16 about the 2011 NYC Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund grantees as they embark on innovative projects.

Click here to hear it 

Giving me a lot of ideas....


The Graphic Designer's Sketchpad: Part III

November 18, 2011 - by Kevin

This week at the AU PAC Design Studio we are adding on some finishing touches to the Brothers Grimm - Spectaculathon poster and program. Michael Califano has really gone above and beyond with this poster design putting in hours of work adding hand-drawn elements. Here is a look at one of Michael's sketches for the poster:


Another job we received recently which we are very excited about is designing t-shirts for all 3 departments within the Performing Arts Center! Different designs will be made for Adelphi Music, Dance and Theatre and will be available for purchase very soon! Here is a look at one of Kevin Ciminelli's thumbnail sketches for an AU Music shirt:

Thanks for reading! 


The Graphic Designer's Sketchpad: Part II

November 11, 2011 - by Kevin

It seems like every designer in the AU PAC studio is getting involved with the Brothers Grimm tale, Spectaculathon. We were all immediately captivated by this play and all of the visual possibilities there are to explore. Michael Califano is putting together a very intricate design for the poster, Allison Salvia is working on the program, and I (Kevin Ciminelli) am doing hand-lettering once again for the logo. Here is what I have drawn up so far and be sure to keep an eye out for the finished product when it's all said and done!



The Graphic Designer's Sketchpad

September 30, 2011 - by Scott

I'm really fortunate to have such a great team of talented young graphic designers and I thought I'd take this opportunity to give a sneak peak into the process they go through when designing AU PAC publications.  Check out this preliminary sketch by Kevin Ciminelli, senior Graphic Design major, of the poster for Hal Linden I'm Old Fashioned. 


Hamlet Q1!

September 16, 2011 - by Melissa Hi Everyone! I'm Melissa Marengo, the stage manager for Hamlet Q1 and I will giving you all an inside look into the first show of the semester here at Adelphi! In the past few days in rehearsal we have been spending our time fine-tuning every scene and character to get ready to head into the teching process that begins next week! We spent yesterday working on the famous duel between Hamlet and Leartes, and we put an AMAZING twist in our duel! We have now gone back to the first scene of show and are our working our way through the rest of the play. For me, getting to watch the actors grow and develop their characters has been a fantastic experience. I really hope you all come to see the show, and you continue to read my updates on the show as we get closer to opening! 

Box Office News (and free tickets for AU Students)

September 13, 2011 - by Jessica

Welcome back to another year of exciting performances at the PAC!  Hard to believe we're entering our fourth season already!  This summer has been a busy one inside the Box Office, as we have been working on upgrading our ticketing software to better serve our growing list of customers.  We've listened to your feedback, and have made it easier than ever before to connect with your favorite performances at the PAC, both through our new (and improved!) Online Box Office, and in our lobby at the windows.   

As we welcome back returning customers, and introduce new ones to the PAC, I want to call your attention to some of the most exciting upgrades to our Box Office.  More to come!


  • Discounts are now available online!   Simply choose your seats, and then select the right discount at checkout.  Just don't forget to bring your ID with you when you're picking up your tickets!  Senior Citizens & Students welcome.
  • Adelphi Staff, Faculty, Students, and Alumni now get up to four discounted tickets per show, and pay no extra fees when ordering online or by phone.  Valid Adelphi ID's are available from the Office of Public Safety.  (Alumni, click here for information on how to obtain an Alumni ID).  
  • FREE TICKETS for Adelphi Students! There are two ways to see free shows at the PAC if you're an Adelphi student.  Check out our new Student Rush and Opening Night Freebie deals here, or stop by the Box Office for more info.

Don't forget to also keep up with us on Facebook too.  We'll post updates on ticket availability, discounts, and more.  

I hope to see you at the Box Office soon - we're open Tuesday through Friday from 1pm - 6pm, and you can also reach us at boxoffice@adelphi.edu.   


New Spotlight Guest Artist Series announced

June 15, 2011 - by William

I am so thrilled to have the final artistic piece in place for the new Spotlight Series at the Adelphi Performing Arts Center! We will have the exclusive Long Island appearance of the amazing singer/songwriter/virtuoso pianist Bruce Hornsby!

A three time Grammy winner (each for a different genre), Mr. Hornsby will join an already impressive line-up comprised of Broadway star and jazz singer Simone, Tony and Emmy award-winning multi-talented performer Hal Linden, the blazing Celtic dancer-singer-fiddler Stephie Cadman, and the internationally renown Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

If you love first-rate musical entertment in it many styles like I do, you need to sign-up for this great guest artist season to be performed in Long Island's finest concert hall, right here at the Adelphi Performing Arts Center. The ticket prices are so affordable, and an even better value if you see 3 or more concerts. Look at our video preview by going to aupac.adelphi.edu!


December Events at the PAC

November 27, 2010 - by William

Come in from the cold this month of December to enjoy your choice of serveral fine musical and theatrical events at the AU PAC...

On Wednesday December 1 it's illusionist Jeff Grow entertaining us with his tricks of the con game.

Warm up to the sounds of jazz on Friday December 10 at 7:30 with the Adelphi Jazz Ensemble.

The Adelphi Chorus will offer up a concert to celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Several workshops will be offered this month with Dance on Friday the 3rd (11a.m. & 7:30 p.m.); Opera Saturday the 5th (8:00 p.m.); and the Freshman Acting Workshop presents the classical tale of "The Wizard of Oz" with a lot of help from the Beatles--featuring many classics by Lennon and McCarty--Saturday Dec. 11 (3:00 & 8:00) and Sunday Dec. 12 (2:00).

And for the first time, the Adelphi Department of Theatre will give a live reading of the Charles Dickens classic tale of "A Christmas Carol"--free for all to experience on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:00.

 For ticket info go to: aupac.adelphi.edu.




My Favorite Job Perk: Catching Amazing Performances

October 22, 2010 - by Jessica

With the amount of time I've spent in performing arts centers, I should be the world's most cultured individual.  I should leave my job, singing like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music, pondering life's great mysteries, driving home to my mahogany-bound sitting room, and taking in the day's current events on websites that are not the BravoTV blogs.   The truth is, I spend show nights "behind the glass," maybe only popping in at the first 30 seconds of a show to see how the house looks.  No, not the stage, not the set...but the audience.  I barely notice what's happening on stage!

On some lucky nights, I get to pop in and stay!  Tonight was one of those rare nights, and I am so glad that I did!  Tonight was the second of three performances by Taylor 2 (Lento Duet, Profiles, and Airs), and I'll be darned if I don't pop in and check out next week's show as well.  I am totally kicking myself for not getting a chance to get a peek at last Friday, where they performed Company B and the famed Esplanade.  The Taylor 2 dancers are in residence at Adelphi this semester, and this is just the start of what is sure to be a fantastic season for Dance Adelphi!

As someone in the know (yuk yuk), I can tell you that there are still great seats available for next Friday night's performance (10/29 at 7:30pm) and I highly recommend you come check it out.  At only 179 seats in the Dance Theatre, there's not a bad ticket to be had.  Seeing these dancers in such an up-close and intimate setting was truly awesome.  (p.s. Another one of my job perks is getting to tell our patrons with 100% confidence that "there's not a bad seat in the house.  Any of them." )

Our Box Office will be open this Sunday, 10/24, from noon until 2:30pm, when The Thalia Follies come to the PAC (show starts at 2).   Take a break from all that studying and come check out The Midterm Shuffle with host Isaiah Sheffer and special guest star Jonathan Hadary of Broadway’s Spamalot!   

Plus, we're also selling Paul Taylor Festival Tickets where you can save a bundle by buying Taylor 2 (10/29), Dance Adelphi (11/4-11/7), and The Paul Taylor Dance Company (11/9)!  Students & Senior Citizens: call or come by the Box Office with your ID's, and save even more on festival tickets.  

Hope to see you Sunday at the Follies!  And yes, I'll be watching you take your seats.


3-Day Return Policy - are you more likely to buy?

October 20, 2010 - by Jessica

First of all, I love Google Reader.  Without it, I'd have totally missed this post over at Ticketology as I chomped down on a hurried lunch from the UC.    

Ticketmaster and Live Nation have started offering a new perk to buyers, a little something called the 3-Day Refund policy.  It's not available at all venues, but the list of participating organizations is growing every day (including the Nikon Jones Beach Theater, note to local summer concert go-ers).  Now, when you hop online right as tickets go on sale, get those amazing front row Phoenix seats, click "submit order", cringe at the hit your debit card is taking, and then realize that your brother's wedding is the very same day as the concert, you can return that ticket.  No questions asked.  After 3 days, that ticket is final sale.  Pretty cool, right?

I've been buying tickets far longer than I've been selling them (read: a long time), and from both of those positions, I think this policy is great.  As a buyer, I can remove some of the anxiety of spending my hard earned dough knowing that I have that cushion of time to get all my money back if I have a conflict, or, maybe just decide I'm not as into The Texas Tenors as I originally thought (I prefer The Adelphi Symphony Orchestra, myself!), and want to get that money back before my friends find out that I almost went to a Texas Tenors concert.  I am sure they're wonderfully entertaining, but, you get my point.  

So what do you think?  Are you more/less likely to purchase tickets at a venue that has a lenient refund policy?  Have you ever been in a situation where a 3-Day Refund would have made a horrible ticket situation instantly better?  


Paul Taylor Dance Fest and new music

October 13, 2010 - by William

This weekend we launch a festival of Paul Taylor dance and two premier music compositions!

Friday night is the first of three different programs performed by Taylor 2, the Paul Taylor Dance Company's touring group. The show is at 7:30 p.m.and tickets are only $7 for students $20 for others. They'll be performing in the new Dance Theatre which alone is a somewhat rare treat. So please join us!

Taylor 2 will do two more programs, Oct 15 and 29 as part of their residency with Adelphi Dance students. Each one will be excitingly different in their salute to the genius of Paul Taylor. The festival continues with Dance Adelphi doing signature selections from the Paul Taylor repertorie Nov. 4-7 in the Olmsted Theatre, featuring former Paul Taylor dancer and AU guest professor Orion Duckstein.

The Festival's grand finale is The Paul Taylor Dance Company on Tuesday Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., also in the intimate 315 seat Olmsted--a rare close-up treat for dance-lovers of Long Island to see this legendary troupe perform Orbs and Company B. Tickets are going fast for what will be a sold-out event!

This Saturday, new music lovers can experience a program of two premiers by Adelphi composer Sidney M. Boquiren. Mr. Boquiren and a small ensemble of singers and musicians will perform scenes from a new opera entitled Odes to Earth and Air.

Backstage Pass gives an inside look at the Adelphi Performing Arts Center and our student programs in theatre, music, and dance. We'll also have notes and observations about American's thriving performing arts scene.

About the Authors

Jessica Dulberg
Box Office Manager
Ms. Dulberg joined Adelphi in June 2008, and comes to the University and Performing Arts Center with 10 years of successful experience as a box office administrator at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, New York. Beyond having extensive experience in such areas as staff management and training, the management of ticket and group sales, and successfully running subscription sales campaigns, she brings a broad knowledge of the Long Island arts scene and communities. Ms. Dulberg holds a B.A. in English from Long Island University (C.W. Post).

Scott Zotto
Assistant Managing Director
As the Assistant Managing Director, Mr. Zotto assists the Managing Director with production management and marketing for all productions within the Performing Arts Center as well as managing the front-of-house personnel. He is pleased to return to his alma mater. For the past five years, he has gained professional production, directorial, performance, and design experience both on Long Island and New York City. He holds a B.F.A. in Performance Studies from Adelphi University.

Graphic Designers
Michael Califano
Kevin Ciminelli

Elisabeth Clarke
Melissa Marengo
Gabrielle Mineo
Greg Sinacori

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