The Fredonia Jazz Orchestra at the 2022 Commencement-Eve Concert

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.

"President's Own" United States Marine Band performs in free concert on Oct. 5

One of the nation’s finest military musical ensembles will perform in a free concert at the State University of New York at Fredonia when Rockefeller Arts Center presents “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The Fredonia performance will be the fourth stop on the ensemble’s October tour. Other performances include Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.

“It is a real honor to be included on the same tour as these other prestigious halls,” said Jefferson Westwood, director of Rockefeller Arts Center.

While the concert is free, tickets are required. They may be obtained through the Fredonia Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center or with the mail-in coupon at the link below.


The United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. “The President’s Own” is celebrated today for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.

The band’s repertoire ranges from John Phillips Sousa favorites like “Stars and Stripes Forever” to the “Marines Hymn” to Warren Benson’s “The Leaves are Falling.”

This 42-piece ensemble was established by an Act of Congress in 1798. Its mission is unique — to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Marine Band musicians appear at the White House an average of 200 times a year with performances at state dinners, receptions, South Lawn arrivals and events of national significance.

Announcing our new online ticketing platform

We are pleased to announce a new ticketing system that will allow you to select your own seats online and generate print-at-home tickets or smartphone tickets that will allow you to be scanned in at the event. Tickets will continue to be available at the Campus Ticket Office on the ground floor of the Williams Center, and by phone by calling 716-673-3501. 


Save 15 to 25 percent with Mix & Match Tickets

Collage photo of 2022-23 events

Rockefeller Arts Center is pleased to announce that Mix & Match Season Ticket Packages are back for the 2022-23 Lake Shore Savings Season. The premise of Mix & Match Season Tickets is simple - you see more and you pay less!

Select three, four or five shows and you will SAVE up to 15 percent on tickets. If you order tickets for six or more events, you will SAVE up to 25 percent. In addition to the savings, you will be able to get the best available seats because Mix & Match subscribers have first choice of location! And this is the perfect way to “make a date with yourself,” so you don’t miss out because of a busy schedule or a show is sold out.

An exciting array of events is planned for the coming year. Links to a brochure with more details on all the Mix & Match events from which you can choose to create your own unique season ticket package and a printable order form are available below:



Rockefeller's flagship series, The DFT Communications Pops, has three events ranging from the best of Motown, to the annual Christmas concert to a commencement-eve extravaganza with favorites from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has expanded the diverse Walter Gloor Mainstage Series to six events, while the Western New York Chamber Orchestra presents three concerts covering the best in classical music.

In addition, there is the Kaleidoscope Family Series sponsored by The Observer and The Post-Joural, which is the perfect way to introduce children and grandchildren to the world of live performance, and the annual grandeur of the Hillman Opera.

Choose at least three events from the eligible offerings featured in the brochure, create your very own season ticket package and start saving. Send in your order form today or call us at 716-673-3501 Monday through Friday and get ready to see more and pay less!