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Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall $48

Storm Large returns to the Staller Center for another captivating performance.  The audience loved her zany, edgy, and unbridled style and the Center has brought her back by popular demand.

Called “a remarkably original singer with a pedigree that goes from rock to torch in a rueful heartbeat” (The Georgetowner), Storm Large covers everything from rock to American Songbook. She shot to national prominence as a contestant on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where she built a dedicated fan base.

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David Sanborn

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall $54
Sponsored by Renasissance

Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music spans the genres of rock n’ roll, R&B, pop and jazz.

He is one of the most commercially successful American saxophonists, touring and recording, and amassing a wide and enthusiastic fan base. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre.

Enjoy the David Sanborn Quintet in the intimate Staller Center Recital Hall.

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Emerson October
EMERSON STRING QUARTET  Beethoven and Bartok

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Recital Hall $52

In the first of three concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Emerson String Quartet is paying tribute with rousing performances of Beethoven’s monumental “Razumovsky” quartets, op. 59. Paired with these masterpieces this season are the string quartets of Bartok, creating a combination which promises to be exciting and rewarding for all. Enjoy the Beethoven/Bartok concerts in October, December and April.

The Program
Bartok Quartet No. 3 (1927) • Beethoven Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No.1 "Rasumovsky" (1806) • Bartok Quartet No. 1 (1907)
Program subject to change .

Ensemble Espanol
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $48

Come see Spanish culture come alive with Ensemble Español, the premier Spanish dance company in the United States. With 40 dancers, singers, and musicians, Ensemble Español fills Staller Center’s Main Stage with folkloric, classical, flamenco, and contemporary styles. One of their signature pieces is Ravel’s “Bolero,” choreographed by Founder Dame Libby Komaido, which “wowed the audience” in 2018 at the Joyce Theater (The New York Times).

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Sunday,  November 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Recital Hall $20

The Staller Center Instrument Petting Zoo steps out of the schools & libraries and onto the Staller Center stage!   Join our IPZ team for an introduction to their instruments and the symphonic fairy tale for children, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.  Learn about the sounds of the instruments, emotions they can portray, and how they all come together in a traditional piece that kids will love. This concert is the perfect introduction to classical instruments and music for young children.  Recommended age 3-8.   

Concert will be followed by the IPZ in the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery

Scarlatta Kalish

Triumph and Tragedy – Songs from Schubert’s Final Year

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Recital Hall $44

The celebrated baritone Randall Scarlata performs with pianist Gilbert Kalish, a renowned distinguished professor at Stony Brook University and a multi-award winning artist recognized as a major figure in American music-making.

The program features Schwanengesang (Swan Song), a collection of poems set by Franz Schubert and published posthumously. The poems are from Ludwig Rellstab, Heinrich Heine and Johann Gabriel Seidl, and ends on what is considered to be the last song of Schubert. This unique concert by these special artists celebrates the triumph and tragedy of Schubert’s life and music.

Wynton Marsalis

Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:00 pm
Main Stage $68
Sponsored by TFCU

Today’s jazz world’s most gifted trumpet player brings his talents back to Staller’s Main Stage in a rare small band appearance. 

Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader, Wynton Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards and had the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He is the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year. His life is a portrait of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, generosity, and creative accomplishment. Do not miss this opportunity to see a living legend!   Watch the video

Jarrod Spector

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall $52

Sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn-Stony Brook

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful, Jersey Boys, The Cher Show) takes you backstage in a life and career marked by his unique ability to inhabit the soul and spirit of performers from all genres of music.  (Con)artist features a catalogue of songs from some of America’s most iconic entertainers, all while illuminating Spector’s journey from a 6-year-old Star Search sensation channeling Bobby Darin to a theatrical career built on transforming into legendary rock stars including Frankie Valli and Sonny Bono. Jarrod Spector’s (con)artist shows us how he does it, and reveals what remains when the curtain comes down.

Starry Nights

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Recital Hall $44
Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio

The Starry Nights concerts at Staller Center have become a well-loved tradition, with artistic director Colin Carr creating unique chamber music programs that bring together worldclass musicians from the Stony Brook University Department of Music. Jennifer Frautschi, Hagai Shaham, Matthew Lipman, and Colin Carr are among the stars of the show.

The program will include the Viola Quintet in D major by Mozart and Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet in B flat major. Program subject to change.

EMERSON STRING QUARTET  Beethoven and Bartok

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Recital Hall $52

The nine-time Grammy Award winning Emerson String Quartet brings another extraordinary evening of music to Staller Center with a Beethoven and Bartok program in this second concert honoring the masters of the quartet form.

The Program  Bartok Quartet No. 2 (1915-17); Beethoven Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Rasumovsky" (1806); Bartok Quartet No. 5 (1934)   Program subject to change.

Celtic Family

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Main Stage $52

This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented session musicians–and the entire Leahy family–A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration.

Body Traffic

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $48

BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world since its beginnings in 2007, recruiting great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance by distinctive choreographic voices. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and “Best of Culture” by the Los Angeles Times, this internationally recognized dance company is a must see!


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Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Main Stage $52

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO create an energetic and unforgettable production. An all-new show for 2020.

with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $90

Two of Broadway’s brightest stars come together for one glittering evening of American song with our very own Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew Morrison is well-known for his featured roles in Broadway’s Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific as well as the landmark Fox TV series, Glee.

Before winning the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of The King and I, Kelli O’Hara was Morrison’s co-star in The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific.

Starry Nights March

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Recital Hall $44
Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio

For Starry Nights in March, the esteemed line-up of musicians on the program will include Colin Carr, David Jolley, Alan Kay, Matthew Lipman, Frank Morelli, James Austin Smith, and Carol Wincenc. Enjoy many woodwinds on stage for the lovely Raff Sinfonietta double wind quintet.

The program will include Seranade for string trio by Dohnanyi and Sinfonietta for double wind quintet by Raff.  Program subject to change.

A Cappella

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Main Stage $52

Four internationally recognized, award-winning, rising star ensembles come to Staller Center:
• The charming boyband sound and moves of The Filharmonic
• The rich harmonies of gospel/R&B legends Committed
• Chart-topping lead vocals and live-looping beatbox by American Idol star Blake Lewis
• Internationally-inspired songstresses Women of the World
Hear each group perform their greatest and best-known hits as well as large-scale
production numbers featuring all four groups. Expect some additional surprises!

Jack and son

Sunday,  March 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Recital Hall $20

Back by popular demand! Jack and friends return to the Staller Center Recital Hall with another festival of awesome-ness. Cammy Q is getting ready to show you some of her incredible vocal chops and Trifon is playing that funky bass.  This time they bring the Young Roots drum group and lay down the groove --- and U are the music!


Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $54
Sponsored by Jefferson's Ferry Lifetime Retirement Community

Giselle, a 19th century classical romantic ballet, is a tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption.  Giselle portrays a young peasant girl who believes her love has betrayed her—she goes mad and dies of a broken heart. She reappears as one of the supernatural spirits whose mission is to bewitch men to fall under the spirits’ deadly spells. With achingly beautiful music, brilliant choreography by Marius Petipa, and passion-filled dancing under the direction of the legendary Elena Radchenko, this classical ballet will captivate you from beginning to end.

Bela Fleck

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $54
Sponsored by Renasissance

Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES. The extraordinary pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy is back alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and the percussionist/Drumitarist Roy "Futureman" Wooten, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's inception. Incredible jazz  you won't hear anywhere else!

Emerson 3

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Recital Hall $52

Continuing the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Emerson String Quartet once again pairs the masters of the quartet form, Beethoven and Bartok.

The Program

Bartok Quartet No. 4 (1928); Bartok Quartet No. 6 (1939); Beethoven Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky" (1806)  Program subject to change.

Carol Wincenc
International Flute Soloist

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Recital Hall $44

Flutist Carol Wincenc delights audiences with her signature charismatic, high virtuosity and deeply heartfelt musicality.  A proud member of the both the Stony Brook University and The Juilliard School faculty, she has mentored and graduated countless flute stars. Carol has appeared as soloist with major symphonies, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.  The program for her Golden Anniversary concert celebrating her fifty-year career will include a World Premiere by Larry Alan Smith for flute, oboe, viola, cello, and piano among many other works.


Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $54
Sponsored by Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

Finalist in America’s Got Talent, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.  You won't believe what you see!

Doo Wop

Sat. May 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Main Stage $52

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.

Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The
Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!