Why go to New York City when you can see a Tony Award-winning singer right in your own backyard?
Chris Clark, board member for The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, said a recent performance by Broadway star Audra McDonald is just one example of the high-quality entertainment on tap at the Westchester campus.
Ive been living in Rye for the past 40 years and every time I run into people who may be interested, I often tell them to either go with us to The Performing Arts Center or I urge them to go on their own, he said.
Clark has been a member of the arts organization's board for the past 25 years. He said in his time there, he has seen firsthand how a close proximity to theater and dance has influenced the students and his own family at Purchase College.
His great-nephew Nico, for example, arrived on campus as a tennis player and left as the student council president of his classa point of growth Clark attributes to the schools diverse atmosphere.
In his four years, he became involved in more than just athletic activities, he added. I personally saw a huge transformation in him and when he graduated he received a special award for being a well-rounded student.
The wide variety of shows at SUNY Purchase accommodates all artistic palettes, he said. Popular music, jazz and dance are just a few of the genres featured there. A performance by the internationally-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company was even reviewed by The New York Times this past November.
"The Performing Arts Center allows a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the highest level of arts," Clark added.
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