March 19, 2019

Triple-Header Weekend Happening at the Adelphi PAC

There’s a weekend full of music—from inspiring young playwrights to 1960s northern soul to the edges of the universe—in store at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

Axiom Brass: Limitless

On Friday, Axiom Brass will take the audience on a journey through space and time, with music stretching from master of the baroque J.S. Bach to soundtrack and video game composer Anthony DiLorenzo and brass specialist Anthony Plog, composer of the children’s opera How the Trumpet Got Its Toot. The concert will feature projected images created by astronomer Kyle Kremer.

This multimedia concert marks Axiom Brass’ third appearance at Adelphi. In addition to its main stage concert on March 22, presented as part of the ensemble’s Department of Music residency, Axiom will work with student composers on works written for their instrumentation of two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba. The ensemble will also perform a fragment of Limitless at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City for invited students from the Freeport Public Schools on Long Island.

Establishing themselves as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music,” Axiom Brass has been touted for its “high level of musicality and technical ability” and “clean, clear and precise sound.” The quintet has made national radio and television appearances as well as performing concerts in Asia, Europe and across the United States.

What Would Petula Do? A Tribute to Petula Clark Starring Maxine Linehan

On Saturday night, it’s a trip backward in time as renowned concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan embodies the British master of American soul, Petula Clark, known for such hits as “Don’t Sleep on the Subway” and “Downtown.” Her musical tribute What Would Petula Do?—spanning Clark’s remarkable career of more than five decades—resulted in a CD of Clark’s hits in 2011 and a second one slated for next year.

Apart from portraying Clark, the Irish-born Linehan performed to sold-out audiences in her solo show An American Journey, a story of immigration told through song, and has recorded songs by Leslie Gore and U2. Linehan became a YouTube sensation in the fall of 2015 with a tribute to Daniel Murphy of the World Series-bound New York Mets, performed to the tune of the Irish classic “Danny Boy.”

The Larson Legacy Concert

The packed Adelphi PAC weekend concludes with a pride of Adelphi’s productions, the Larson Legacy Concert, named for Rent writer and composer Jonathan Larson ’82. For the Sunday matinee, 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winners Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek will present songs and scenes from their musicals Afterwords and Afloat, as well as never-before-seen works in process. Afterwords tells the tale of three young women grappling with loss, and Afloat tracks teenagers navigating a dystopian United States ravaged by climate change. A team onstage and off, newlyweds Sarnak and Kaczmarek invite the audience to witness their creative process in this eclectic afternoon of story and song.

  • Axiom Brass performs March 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the Westermann Stage in the Adelphi PAC Concert Hall. Tickets are $30, with discounts available to seniors, students, alumni and staff.
  • What Would Petula Do? will be staged March 23 at 8:00 p.m. on the Westermann Stage in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $40 and $35, with discounts available to seniors, alumni and staff.
  • The Larson Legacy Concert will be held at 3:00 p.m. on March 24 in the Olmsted Theatre. Tickets are $25, with discounts available to seniors, alumni and staff.

More information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516.877.4000 or Regular office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances. Ticket sales and additional information are available online.

The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds.


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