Music, theatre, comedy and special events to mark the fall 2022 season at the Staller Center For The Arts

A dynamic lineup of inspiring and unparalleled performances will highlight the Fall 2022 season at the Staller Center for the Arts. With a diverse lineup of performers, the Staller Center showcases emerging and established artists from a wide range of appeals.

Alan Inkles, Director of the Staller Center, announced the fall 2022 season. “The variety of entertainment offerings this season are timed to appeal to all ages,” says Inkles. “Coming together to experience arts and culture can provide that collective experience that we all crave.”

Opening the season, rhythm & blues duo LION BABE bring their unique brand of funk, soul and sonic magic to the Staller stage on September 23. Partners on stage and off stage, baby lion fuses hip-hop energy with songs that embrace self-love, power and strength. Multidisciplinary artist Jillian Hervey (daughter of vanessa williams) and DJ/producer Lucas Goodman (aka AstroRaw) perform original songs, including wonder woman produced by Pharrell Williamsand Hit the ceiling featured on HBO’s classic Insecure covers as carly simon‘s Why, and new material from their latest album cosmic wind.

Virtuoso cellist and Stony Brook Artist-in-Residence COLIN CARR joins award-winning pianist Kyungwah Chu to perform masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire on September 28. Carr and Chu will bring their insight and extraordinary artistry to Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 for cello and piano, and the Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, the composer’s last chamber music composition. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Stony Brook Music Department cello students.

To end the month, the singer Morgan James brings his meticulously shaped and versatile voice of the unbridled soul to the Staller Center on September 29. With a rich, expressive voice that stands out in any genre, james arrives at Recital Hall to deliver the soul and power within. Recognized by the Wall Street Journal as “the most promising young singer of this century”, James commanded theaters and blues halls on Broadway and became known on the Internet with more than 200 million views on YouTube.

October ushers in a wide range of programs and works with something for everyone: the gravity-defying maneuvers of THE PEKING ACROBATS, the soulful interpretations of singer MACY KATE, the classic preeminence of the EMERSON STRING QUARTET, the exuberant comedy of VIC DIBITTETO and the charisma of the cabaret legend Michael Feinstein.

BEIJING ACROBATS leap onto the main stage on October 7, pushing the limits of human capacity, flexibility and control. The famous group, steeped in Chinese history and folk art, combines high-tech special effects with impressive acrobatic feats. Cycling, tumbling, juggling and gymnastics come together in a breathtaking spectacle.

MACY KATE makes her Staller Center debut on the Recital Hall stage on October 14. Appearing on ABC’s Rising Star, her smooth, smoky voice launched her career at age 16. by Kate her powerful vocals and understated confessional lyrics made her a viral hit with millions of streams on Spotify.

On October 18, THE EMERSON STRING QUARTET makes their 63rd appearance at the Staller Center as part of the band’s 47th farewell season. This program from Emerson String Quartet’s final season opens with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12, followed by Alban Berg’s Revolutionary Quartet, Op. 3 (1900). Dvořák’s Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, Op. 105, written during the composer’s three-year stay in America and completed after his return to his native Czech land, concludes the program. This must-see show is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s finest string quartets in its farewell season.

Bread and Milk man VIC DIBITTETO takes over the Staller Main Stage on October 22 with its brand of working-class comedy and irreverent reflections on the world around it. DiBitteto’s signature stand-up makes a night out with him feel like a night out with your favorite cousin. His “Bread and Milk” and “Who Wants Coffee?” The routines have attracted millions of followers online. He’s a regular cast member of Amazon Prime’s Gravesend, and his latest album, Ticked Off Vic, airs on SiriusXM Comedy Channels.

cabaret legend Michael Feinstein returns to the Staller Center on October 29 with Get Happy, a lively celebration of Judy Garland on his 100th birthday. Feinstein celebrates the unequaled star in an evening of tributes, surprises and tender feelings. With his effervescent personality and special musical gift, Feinstein traces a journey through the life and times of Garland, highlighted by anecdotes from his close friend, Liza Minnell, and others. The evening will feature newly discovered and unknown arrangements from Garland’s repertoire, opening the curtain to reveal a rare perspective on Garland’s enduring mystique.

November at the Staller Center features a wide range of musical artists performing works by classical and contemporary composers.

On November 6Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani brings his world-class artistry to Recital Hall for an intimate evening of selections from his versatile and award-winning career. Hailed by the New York Times as “a singer of refinement, interiority and melancholy”, Polenzani breathes vibrant life into characters like Fernando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute and the title role of Don Carlos. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, musical director of the Metropolitan Opera House, declared Polenzani “one of the greatest tenors of our time”. This is a “not to be missed” performance.

STARRY NIGHTS, a magical evening of chamber music hosted by cellist Colin Carr, returns on November 11th accompanied by established artists and rising stars of Stony Brook. Artist-in-Residence Carr and company will wow Staller audiences with a program that combines classical, world, folk and jazz musical genres. The fall concert repertoire will include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, with Jennifer Frautschi, violin, and Ji Na Kim, piano, and jazz selections with masters Ray Anderson and Tom Manuel & Friends.

On November 18renowned violinist Caroline Campbell showcases his exceptional versatility in Hollywood Serenade, performing some of the most well-known music from Hollywood and beyond. Last seen in Staller alongside Chris Botti, Campbell gave concerts of Carnegie Hall at the Sydney Opera House and has made solo appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Campbell has also performed duets with Andrea Bocellisting and Rod Stewart.

December rushes with THE KAT & DAVE SHOW. Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning music icon David Foster and singer, television and Broadway star Katharine McPhee present their viral Instagram show on the main stage of the Staller Center on 1st December. The powerhouse duo will perform a slate of hits from Dave’s repertoire, including songs written for Chicago, whitney houston, Celine Dion, Josh Grobanand Michael Bublé, and some of Kat’s biggest hits during her career launch season on American Idol and Broadway’s Waitress.

America’s Got Talent Finalists SON OF SERENDIP return to the Staller Center Recital Hall for a special holiday performance on December 11. This unique holiday performance features a mix of seasonal favorites infused with fresh creativity and imagination from one of today’s leading classical music ensembles. Join lead singer Micah Christian, cellist and vocalist Kendall Ramseur, pianist Cordaro Rodriguez and harpist Mason Morton as they light up the stage with festive cheer. Before their Holiday Show, they will offer an interactive animation concert for children.

Throughout the fall, the Staller Center presents live and encore screenings of the MetOpera LIVE in HD and live HD theater from London on Staller’s 40ft screen. MetOpera LIVE in HD presents Cherubini’s Medea, a new Metropolitan Opera production on October 23 at 12:30 p.m., Verdi’s La Traviata on November 12 and Mozart’s The Magic Flute on December 3. Live from London, Kinky Boots in HD, presented by National Theater Live, comes to Staller audiences on November 11, followed by Shakespeare’s Henry V in HD with Kit Harrington in the title role, a Donmar Warehouse production also from the National Theater in London, on 13 November.

On October 1 and November 5, the STONY BROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by Alan R. Kay and Jens Georg Bachmann respectively, showcases the impeccable musicianship and virtuosity of student musicians from Stony Brook University’s Music Department. These programs of orchestral masterpieces will include Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (October 1), and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances (November 5). On Saturday, December 10, a performance conducted by the STONY BROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present an Orpheus-style conductorless concert. Tickets for Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra concerts go on sale in August.

Looking ahead to 2023, the Staller Center’s annual gala on March 4 will feature the internationally renowned AMERICAN BALLET THEATER. In their first-ever appearance at the Staller Center, ABT’s unparalleled stars perform a program of choreography ranging from classical to contemporary in an inspiring evening of dance.

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery is open before all Staller Center Live performances and during intermissions. Free entry. Currently on view until October 29 Connecting the drops: the power of water, a collective exhibition focusing on environmental justice and the vital importance of water. The exhibit covers topics such as the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s historical ties to water and oyster farming, community access to clean water, ocean carbon uptake, melting ice and the social impact of climate change. From November 10 to February 23, 2023, Revisit 5+1 offers a reflection on the famous 5+1 exhibition of 1969, organized by Frank Bowling at Stony Brook University, at the intersection of abstract art, racial and gender politics and student activism in the 1960s. 1960. The 2022 exhibition will feature works by the six original black abstract artists, all male, alongside Howardena Pindell, Emeritus Professor of Art at Stony Brook, and five other female artists of color, selected in collaboration with Pindell. For more information, please visit

Tickets for the 2022 fall season and 2023 gala are on sale now, with a 10% discount offered on all shows through September 5. Use code PRE22X at checkout. The Staller Center will announce that the Spring 2023 season will take place in November. Please visit or call (631) 632-ARTS, or email [email protected].

Corina C. Butler