Adelphi University Performing Arts Center

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Adelphi University Performing Arts Center

1 South Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
Located in the Town of Hempstead
Tel: 516-877-4000
Toll Free: 800-233-5744

The Performing Arts Center houses the Departments of Theatre, Music and Dance, as well as ample rehearsal spaces and concert halls.

The intimate Concert Hall is specifically designed for chamber ensemble, orchestral and vocal performances, but also has the flexibility to fully support lectures, general sessions and other public events requiring a premier level of support. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting, audio and video technology, the Concert Hall is designed to be one of Long Island’s highest quality venues for the performance of classical music.

The Clayton Westermann Stage Throughout a professional career in classical music that spans six decades, Clayton Westermann has served as the music director and conductor of numerous national and international symphonies and festivals. In Fall 1963, Mr. Westermann taught “Insight into Music,” a course that made a deep impression on then-student Laurence Kessler ’65.

The founder and CEO of Kessler Restaurants, Mr. Kessler has since distinguished himself through his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to philanthropic and community-oriented activities. More than 40 years after graduating from Adelphi, Mr. Kessler demonstrated the life-long influence of inspired teaching and celebrated Professor Westermann by naming The Clayton Westermann Stage in the Concert Hall in his honor.

Adelphi is grateful to Mr. Kessler for his thoughtful and generous support and honored to have the stage of the Adelphi PAC Concert Hall bear the name of a highly renowned director and conductor of classical music, an extraordinary professor and a cherished friend of the University. The versatility of the Black Box Theatre gives actors, directors and designers absolute artistic freedom. With flexible seating arrangements, each production can have a customized actor-audience relationship. Combined with a full complement of theatrical lighting, sound and video technologies, this performance space offers unlimited possibilities.

The 179 seat Dance Theatre is a modern performance space.

Through the use of a motorized divider and retractable seating, the cleverly designed Dance Theatre transforms two separate and large rehearsal studios into one modern performance space. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting and audio equipment, and sprung floor, the dance theater reinforces the continued celebration of dance at Adelphi.

The 315 seat Olmsted Theatre is Adelphi’s primary performance space.

Opened in 1974, the Olmsted Theatre has been Adelphi’s primary performance space for more than three decades. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting, audio and video technology, the Olmsted is ideal for theatrical and dance productions, and can also be utilized for simple lectures and meetings.

The Recital Hall is designed to showcase music or voice performances from solo works to chamber ensembles in a truly elegant environment. This intimate and wood-enclosed venue is also an excellent recording studio. With entirely flexible seating arrangements, each performance can be tailored to the performer-listener relationship desired.


Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Recital Hall


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