Fredonia DAnce Ensemble

Rockefeller Arts Center

Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center of visual and performing arts for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

50th anniversary season opens with celebration dinner, gala pops

The 2019-20 season marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rockefeller Arts Center, making it the oldest and original performing arts center in the entire State University of New York System. The season opens with two special events.

50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., Williams Center

Reminisce with friends and performers about some of the great performances and events over the last 50 seasons at the original and oldest center for visual and performing arts in the SUNY system. Entree choices are sliced beef tendeloin with burgandy wine sauce, grilled salamon with dill sauce and vegetable lasanga with creamy pesto sauce. Dinner reservations are now closed.

50th Anniversary Gala Pops Concert
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Harry A. King Concert Hall

Many of the talented student singers who have graced the stages of Fredonia over the last 50 years have gone on to successful performing careers in Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Las Vegas, California and on Broadway – not to mention national tours that have taken them to virtually every state in the union. To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rockefeller Arts Center, 15 of our most accomplished alumni return to campus for a showcase of some of the most popular jazz standards and show tunes of all time.  A DFT Communications Pops Series event sponsored by WDOE and KIX Country.

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Tickets are also available through the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center, 673-3501.


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