Press Releases

Purchase Wide Open Festival

Date Released: 10/11/2007

The Purchase Wide Open Festival, a celebration of all that is Purchase College—music, dance, theater, dramatic readings, art exhibits, mixed media, film and athletics—will be presented October 12-14 on the College’s campus. The festival showcases the talents of Purchase students, faculty and staff in all conservatories and schools. All events are free unless otherwise noted below. For more information, call 914-251-6550 or visit www.purchase.edu/pwo.

The festival coincides with Purchase’s Family Day and Alumni Homecoming.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Friday, October 12
The Studio Composition Department presents "Fall Out V" at 7PM in the Student Center. This event showcases both current students and award-winning alumni. Co-produced by David Gluck and Jim McElwaine and featuring Kyle Gilbride and Rachel Browne; Caroline Couture; Paper and Sand; Gregory and the Hawk (Meredith Godreau); The Fireflies; Vita Isabella; and Urban Fetch.

The Steven Ringwald Band performs at 7:15 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building.

Student Teddy Nichols brings his three 10-minute plays, Orphans, outside to the amphitheater behind the Durst Family Humanities Building in front of the Student Center at 8 PM. The plays, written and directed by Nichols and featuring a cast of six, highlight the impulses and neurosis of seemingly well-adjusted people who confront darkness within themselves.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents Celebrity, a company-devised piece inspired by the life and writing of Andy Warhol and directed by Mallory Catlett. The performance is at 8 PM in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and non-Purchase students and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or online at www.artscenter.org.

The Purchase Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel of the Westchester Philharmonic, presents A La Française, a concert featuring Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin; Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques; Debussy’s Nocturnes and Martin’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra with Crystal Zangarello, flute, winner of the 2007 concerto competition. The concert begins at 8 PM in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at  914-251-6200 or online at www.artscenter.org.

Saturday, October 13
The School of Art+Design hosts an exhibition of student artwork—sculpture, printmaking, painting and bookmaking—all day throughout the building.

At 10 AM the Conservatory of Music hosts the Miles for Music walk-a-thon to raise money for scholarships, new instruments and more. The 5K walk takes place around the “loop.”

Gabriel Hoff presents a multi-media spoken word/dance performance at 10 AM at the Ampitheatre (rain location: Humanities Theatre) behind the Durst Family Humanities Building in front of the Student Center.

“Life into Play,” readings of works by Dramatic Writing, Creative Writing, Literature and Drama Studies majors begins at 12 noon in the Humanities Theater of the Durst Family Humanities Building.

The Neuberger Museum hosts an African Market with dazzling fabrics, intricately woven baskets, dramatic masks, decorative accessories, works in soapstone and wonderful jewelry from 12-5 PM. For more information, call 914-251-6131.

Purchase sports teams will be in action. The men’s soccer team hosts SUNY Farmingdale at 1 PM on the athletic fields and the women’s volleyball team hosts Bard College at 1 PM and Old Westbury at 5 PM in the gym.

At 2 PM, Music Professor Pete Malinverni directs the Purchase Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble in a performance in the Humanities Theater of the Durst Family Humanities Building.

The Choral Hall of the Music Building will be the place to screen student and alumni films. At 3 PM, Humanities student and alumni films will be shown, followed by those of film studies students and alumni from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at 4 PM.

At 8 PM the Purchase Repertory Theatre will present another performance of the company-devised piece Celebrity, inspired by the life and writing of Andy Warhol and directed by Mallory Catlett in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and non-Purchase students and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or online at www.artscenter.org.

Sunday, October 14
The School of Art+Design hosts an exhibition of student artwork—sculpture, printmaking, painting and bookmaking—all day throughout the building.

The Neuberger Museum hosts an African Market with dazzling fabrics, intricately woven baskets, dramatic masks, decorative accessories, works in soapstone and wonderful jewelry from 12-5 PM. For more information, call 914-251-6131.

The women’s tennis team competes against Mount St. Mary’s College at 1 PM on the outdoor tennis courts.

An open technical rehearsal for Decades, an evening of musical theatre entertainment, will begin at 1:30 PM in the Dance Theatre Lab of the Dance building.