Cultural Events

Cultural Events

Cultural Events 

All Honors Program Students are required to participate in three cultural events sponsored by the Program each academic year. Below is a  list of past Honors Program Cultural Events. 


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with Harry Belafonte, John

Lewis, Clarence Jones, Julian Bond with Budd Mishkin
John Lewis, then a key civil rights leader and now a veteran Congressman from Georgia, was the youngest speaker on the program; he criticized the Kennedy Administration for not doing enough to protect civil rights, and cautious March leaders demanded he cut the sharpest parts of his speech. Harry Belafonte was one of the organizers of the March and provided financial support for the movement at crucial moments. And the March helped lead to passage of the Civil Rights Act and later the Voting Rights Act. Now that the Supreme Court has cut away key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, how do these two veterans perceive the long term impact of the March? And is it time for another one?

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 201– 8:15PM 
WHERE: 92nd St. Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall

Eddie Palmieri & Friends: 
Eddie Palmieri has been one of the most influential artists in salsa music for over five decades and a NEA Jazz Master. A Nine-time Grammy Award winner, his recordings have become classics with such hits as “Azucar,” “Muñeca,” ”Vamonos Pa’l Monte,” and “Puerto Rico”. The maestro will be joined by Special Invited Guests Ronnie Cuber (Baritone Saxophone), Alfredo de la Fe (Violin), Donald Harrison (Alto Saxophone & Vocals), and Joe Locke (Vibes). Also joined by Invited Guests, Anthony Carrillo (Bongo, Bata), Luques Curtis (Bass), Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero (Congas, Bata), and Camilo Molina (Timbales, Bata).

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 8:00 PM 
WHERE: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Bronx, New York



In a bold new staging of the dark and existential musical you thought you knew, young prince Pippin embarks on a dangerous journey, encouraged by a mysterious group of performers led by a Leading Player.

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 8:00PM
WHERE: Music Box Theater

Neighborhood Concert: Sean Jones Quartet: 
The former lead trumpet player of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jones plays the instrument with tremendous expressive power. The critics agree: The All About Jazz website said of his dynamic quartet’s new recording, “At times breathtaking, No Need for Words is an album of exceeding beauty.”

WHEN: Monday, October 21, 2013 – 7:00PM 
WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas—the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012–13 season. Aleksandra Kurzak is the beautiful Gilda, in thrall to Matthew Polenzani’s womanizing Duke. Production: Michael Mayer, Set Designer: Christine Jones, Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty, Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams, Choreographer: Steven Hoggett

WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 7:30PM
WHERE: The Metropolitan Opera

Alan Dershowitz & Jeffrey Toobin: 
You know that Alan Dershowitz, the preeminent defense lawyer in America today, has had an impact on the lives of storied clients like O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, Jeffrey MacDonald, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson and many more. But who has affected Dershowitz himself? The attorney and author is now Taking the Stand in a new memoir and on 92Y’s stage. Jeffrey Toobin, author (The Oath: 
The Obama White House and the Supreme Court), New Yorker writer and CNN analyst, interviews Dershowitz.

WHEN: Monday, November 4, 2013 – 8:00PM
WHERE: 92nd St. Y


Handel’s Messiah by Musica Sacra: 
Hallelujah! Music Sacra returns to Carnegie Hall for its 74th and 75th performances of Handel’s Messiah in New York City. An anticipated holiday tradition, Kent Tritle will conduct the pair of concerts featuring the acclaimed Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra.

WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 8:00PM
WHERE: Carnegie Hall

The Apollo Theater’s Ellington @ Christmas: 
This special holiday presentation, produced by the Apollo Theater Foundation, includes a concert of Nutcracker Suite (a jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s famed score by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn) and excerpts from the Duke’s Sacred Music, under the musical direction of David Berger. The celebration includes tap legend Savion Glover, as well as a16-piece orchestra, choir, soloists and dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.

WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2013 – 4:00PM
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, New Jersey


Twelfth Night:
Delightfully funny and refreshingly original, these classics are presented in the custom of how Shakespeare’s plays were first staged, with an extraordinary all-male company playing male and female roles; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles, adding to the intimate atmosphere.

WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2013 – 7:00PM
WHERE: The Belasco Theatre

Dance Theater of Harlem
NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. This year features a performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded in 1969 as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.

WHEN: Friday, January 17, 2014 – 7:30PM
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, New Jersey


Museum of Modern Art:
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2014 1:00PM
WHERE: Museum of Modern Art

New York City Ballet:
Balanchine & Robbins: Masters At Work

DANCES AT A GATHERING, Choreography by Jerome Robbins, Music by Frédéric Chopin
The quintessential piano ballet, Dances at a Gathering distills the spectrum of human interaction into the most natural of movements.

UNION JACK, Choreography by George Balanchine Music by Hershy Kay
A dazzling display of kilts and clans meets music-hall humor and a fleet of flirtatious sailors in Union Jack, a spectacle of 74 dancers and one beloved donkey.

WHEN: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 – 7:30PM
WHERE: Lincoln Center – David H. Koch Theater


The Cloisters:
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters' collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2014 1:00 PM
WHERE: The Cloisters

Dublin Guitar Quartet, Brasil Guitar Duo, and solo guitarists David Leisner and Benjamin Verdery harness the power of the strings to take on works by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Leisner (Symphony Space commission) and Ingram Marshall.

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2013 – 7:30PM
WHERE: Symphony Space


The Orchid Show:
Each year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids in the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids.

WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2014 1:00 PM
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden - Bronx, NY

“Declared “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly and “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin Enchanted), and a book by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething, Huge). The production is directed by Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Other Desert Cities, Three Days of Rain) with musical staging by Wayne Cilento (The Who’s Tommy, Aida).” (Source:

WHERE: Gershwin Theatre, New York, NY


Smorgasburg happens in two locations every weekend: Saturdays at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront; and feature packaged and prepared foods, beverages, and more from purveyors from New York City and across the region, for a total of 75-100 vendors. The markets are always open rain or shine.

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 11:30
WHERE: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tan Dun’s The Map:
The NYU Symphony Orchestra will perform Tan Dun’s masterpiece, The Map in a one-night only concert performance. The renowned Chinese composer created the work as a response to his 1999 tour of the eastern part of Hunan Province. The field video recordings used in The Map capture passionate antiphonal singing, intriguing tongue singing, emphatic percussive dance and other images of ethnic musical life. The interaction of audio-video and live music connected generations and cultures across years and over continents.

WHEN: Monday, May 12, 2014 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts