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About Backstage Pass

New for the 2016-2017 season, Backstage Pass offers a chance to “peek behind the curtain” through access to a variety of behind-the-scenes events. Experience the artistic process during master classes and open rehearsals, get to know our artists during artist talks and meet & greets, attend discussions that explore the issues and ideas behind what you see on stage, and more.

How Does It Work?

  1. Purchase your Winter/Spring 2017 Backstage Pass for $50 by calling the box office during regular box office hours.
  2.  Approximately one week prior to each event, you will receive an email with event details and RSVP instructions.
  3. Seating for all events will be limited, and reservations will be “first come, first served.”
  4. A separate RSVP will be required for each event.
  5. When your RSVP is received, you’ll be placed on the guest list and/or sent a ticket for entry.
  6. A list of events currently being planned is below; dates and times TBA. Event list is subject to change.

Box office 914-251-6200. Box office hours are W-F, noon to 6pm.

Backstage Pass Events

Dates will be posted as they become available. Times, locations, and RSVP instructions will be emailed to Backstage Pass holders only approximately 1-2 weeks prior to each event.

MASTER CLASSES: A class given by an artist, for exceptional students, in front of a live audience. Every class is unique; the overall tone and content is shaped by the personality of the teacher. Observe how these masters immerse themselves in the details of their art, engage with their students, and create a learning experience for the audience as well.

  • Emerson String Quartet (October 31)
  • Doug Varone (November)
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company (January)
  • Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd (February)
  • Kronos Quartet (February)
  • Ignacio Berroa (March)
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts (March)
  • Fei-Fei Dong (April)
  • Bill T. Jones (May)

OPEN REHEARSALS: A fascinating opportunity to watch our artists at work, and see first-hand how a performance is polished and prepared for opening night. All open rehearsals will include a Q&A component.

  • Doug Varone (November)
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company (January)
  • Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd (February)
  • Kronos Quartet (February)
  • Decoda (March)
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts (March)
  • Bill T. Jones (May)

ARTIST TALKS: How does a piece of music come about? What is the inspiration for a choreography? What makes a performer or creator tick? Learn about the creative process during these intimate lectures by our artists.

  • Jon Faddis (October 8)
  • Doug Varone (November)
  • Jazz at The Center artists (February, April)
  • Musicians from The Orchestra Now (April)

MEET & GREETS: Spend quality time with our artists in an intimate and informal setting.

  • Black Violin (October 14)
  • Rosanne Cash (April 7)

IDEAS BEHIND THE WORKS DISCUSSIONS: Art does not exist in a vacuum; it draws from, comments on, and critiques the complex issues that face modern society. Explore the issues and ideas behind the works in this series of conversations with artists and experts about race, sexuality, religion, and tolerance.

  • Judgment at Nuremberg (November 19)
  • Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd (February)
  • Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey / James Lecesne (March)
  • Bill T. Jones (May)

Complimentary tickets to SELECT SCHOOL OF THE ARTS EVENTS: You’ll be inspired by these rising stars of opera, classical music, theatre, and dance!

  • Purchase Repertory Theatre Twelve Angry Jurors (Oct 28 – Nov 5)
  • Purchase Dance Fall Dance Concert 2016 (December 9 – 11)
  • Purchase Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Mozart Mass (December 11)
  • Spring Opera L’incoronazione di Poppea (March 23 – 26)
  • Purchase Repertory Theatre Hot L Baltimore (April 21 – April 29)
  • Purchase Symphony Orchestra Electric! (May 4)

SPECIAL EVENT INVITATIONS: Two unique members-only events have already been planned, and more may be added along the way.

  • Paul Taylor documentary screening (December)
  • Matt Haimovitz Moveable Feast performances (February)