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Perelman Performing Arts Center

Perelman Performing Arts Center

[New York City, NY] Perelman Performing Arts Center is a new cultural organization and venue at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

Following an international design competition, the PAC commissioned the architecture firm REX, led by founding principal Joshua Ramus, to design the 138-foot-tall cube-shaped building.

The eight-story PAC provides flexible venues of different sizes, each with multiple stage-audience configurations accommodating a multiplicity of artistic disciplines. The building is wrapped in almost 5,000 panels of bookmatched marble. The half-inch-thick marble tiles allow light to radiate in during the day and glow out during the evening.

PAC NYC will open its doors with “Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World” – a five-evening event featuring a mix of acclaimed musicians from around the globe curated around the theme of refuge.

Scheduled evenings are:

  • NYC Tapestry: Home as Refuge – artists who have come from other parts of the world to make New York their home, including Laurie Anderson, Raven Chacon, Natalie Diaz, and thingNY, Angélique Kidjo, Michael Mwenso, Mwenso and the Shakes, Emel, Wang Guowei, and Forro in the Dark.
  • Devotion: Faith as Refuge – artists who use music to express their spiritual traditions, including The Klezmatics, Tanya Tagaq, ÌFÉ, Damien Sneed and Chorale Le Chateau, Innov Gnawa, Arun Ramamurthy & Trina Basu ft. Samarth Nagakar, and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
  • Playing it Forward: School as Refuge – artists who are educating the next generation, including David Broza, Common, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Mahani Teave.
  • Relatively Speaking: Family as Refuge – artists for whom making music is a family affair, including Martha Redbone, Amal Murkus and Firas Zreik, the HawtPlates, Fanoos Ensemble, and Villalobos Brothers.
  • Childhood Songs: Memory as Refuge – artists sharing stories and musical traditions from their childhoods, including Michelle Zauner, Shoshana Bean, Alphabet Rockers, Daniel Gortler, Trinity Youth Chorus, and Abigail Washburn.

Following its grand opening, the center’s inaugural year will feature commissions, world premieres, co-productions, and collaborative work across theater, dance, music, opera, film, and more.

The Perelman Performing Arts Center “Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World” opening evenings will be held Sep. 19 – 23, 2023.


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