The Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Adelphi PAC) continues its 11th season this spring with more than 40 cultural events for the campus and community, showcasing a variety of styles of music, dance and plays.

The Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Adelphi PAC) continues its 11th season this spring with more than 40 cultural events for the campus and community, showcasing a variety of styles of music, dance and plays. Entertainers include such top names as Garden City native John Tesh, Broadway’s Norm Lewis, the Irish group Dervish and The Four Seasons’ Charles Calello, as well as Adelphi’s own talented students.

John Tesh

See the complete Spring 2019 season schedule.

Tesh’s show on Friday, May 10, is expected to be a special one with the six-time music Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee offering an evening of music and storytelling. Tesh boasts a thriving recording and live concert career and is an international TV and radio entertainer.

Highlights for the spring include:

FridayFebruary 15—Norm Lewis

Broadway veteran Norm Lewis takes the stage on Valentine’s Day weekend. Tony-nominated Lewis was most recently seen in the NBC television special Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! alongside John Legend and Sara Bareilles. He also recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as the lead in the off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In May 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera‘s first African American Phantom on Broadway. His Broadway and West End credits also include The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. He has been seen on television on PBS in Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, the Live From Lincoln Center productions of Showboat, Norm Lewis: Who Am I? and New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration, as well as American Voices and the PBS Special First You Dream—The Music of Kander & Ebb.

Tuesday, February 26, through Sunday, March 3—Agatha Christie’s The Hollow

Adelphi’s Department of Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, a whodunit revolving around passionate love, lost love, explosive love and deadly love. The setting is over a weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and the eccentric Lucy Angkatell. The lothario Dr. Cristow is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his wife, his mistress and his former lover. Also visiting are Edward and Midge with their own set of related and not-related romantic problems. It seems nearly everyone has a motive as the list of potential suspects grows when Cristow is shot dead.

Friday, March 1—Dervish

For more than 25 years, Dervish has been delighting audiences worldwide with traditional Irish music. The six-member group, renowned for its live performances, has 12 studio and live albums to date. Talented artists include Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Tom Morrow (fiddle) and singer Cathy Jordan, who is also a bodhran (drum) player and one of Ireland’s best-known singers.

Axiom Brass

Saturday, March 23What Would Petula Do? A Tribute to Petula Clark Starring Maxine Linehan

International concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan brings her acclaimed solo concert, What Would Petula Do? to the Adelphi PAC. Linehan and her band offer a musical journey of Petula Clark’s career from her early, popular recordings in the 1940s, through her megastardom in the 1960s, to her award-winning performances in film and on Broadway right up to the 1990s. Songs include I Know a PlaceDon’t Sleep in the SubwayColor My WorldOld Devil MoonThe Sound of MusicThis Is My Song and, of course, Downtown.

Sunday, April 7Oh What A Night!: An Afternoon With Charles Calello

Former member of The Four Seasons and one of the greatest arrangers of our time, Charles Calello, along with his big band, provides an afternoon of entertainment. Besides The Four Seasons, Calello has arranged and produced several other hit records, including “The Name Game” with Shirley Ellis, “Navy Blue” with Diane Renay, “A Lover’s Concerto” with The Toys and “Lightnin’ Strikes” with Lou Christie. His recordings include more Top 10 hits than any other arranger, 15 of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Friday, May 10—John Tesh: Stories and Songs From the Grand Piano

Garden City native John Tesh impresses with six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations, three gold records, seven public television specials, 50-plus recordings and 8 million records sold. His 25-year career has included concerts around the world where he might be at the solo piano or with a 12-piece big band or an 80-piece orchestra. He has played the Coliseum in Rome, Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His live television concerts, including Live at Red Rocks, have raised more than $20 million for public television.

Tesh’s career has spanned TV and radio as a broadcaster, including his six-days-a-week Intelligence For Your Life radio and television programs. His successful and multifaceted career has included a string of No. 1 radio hits, a Keyboard Magazine Performance award, 12 years as an investigative journalist for the CBS TV network, a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, serving as broadcast host and music composer for the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games, and the unique distinction of composing what critics have hailed as “the greatest sports theme song in television history,” for NBC Sports’ NBA telecasts.

More Choices This Spring


The season runs until early June with select additional events including the Trio Solisti chamber music ensemble in February; composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa and the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra in March; a celebration of the next generation of artists with 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winners Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek, also in March; the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus, presenting Alone Together, and Dance Adelphi, performing an iconic work by Martha Graham in April; the family show Madeline and the Bad Hat in May; and the Chamber Orchestra of New York closing the season in June.

The complete Spring 2019 season schedule provides more details on all events. Tickets are now on sale with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516.877.4000 or The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Adelphi PAC offers memberships with perks including ticket discounts and advance purchase opportunities. Members help support a diverse mix of programming, costs of which often exceed ticket sales. See more about Adelphi PAC membership.

The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. See more about other upcoming Adelphi PAC offerings at

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Todd Wilson
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