Since 2008, the Teachers College Performing Arts Series (PAS) has brought more than 7,000 children and their teachers from 35 Harlem schools onto campus to see children’s opera, theater, music, and dance. The goal of the series is to expose K-12 students to high-quality live performances that will stimulate their minds, enhance their cultural knowledge, and excite their emotional engagement in learning. The series presents a repertoire of music and theater that reflects the diversity of the audience and builds creative educational connections for children outside of the traditional academic context. Productions address relevant academic and social topics, such as immigration, social justice, and history.
2018 Performing Arts Series
Ben Rosenblum Trio (Jazz)
On March 27th, the Ben Rosenblum Trio performed for high school students in Milbank Chapel. Students were introduced to different styles, elements, and history of jazz, and were given the opportunity to interact with the performers through a question and answer session. Ben Rosenblum is the founder of the Jazz House at Columbia, a dorm for student jazz musicians at Columbia University to live together, put on concerts, and collaborate on various musical projects.
Discover Opera! Operapunzel
On March 28th, Teachers College welcomed Manhattan School of Music’s Discover Opera! program back to Cowin Auditorium for a performance of their original production Operapunzel. This modern version of the classic tale Rapunzel introduced students to the terms and elements of opera within the setting of a 1970s hair salon. Over 550 elementary school students were in attendance.
Above, Dance Theatre of Harlem Students perform in the Cowin Auditorium.