By Kayla White
It is going to be yet another busy year for the Tilles Center of Performing Arts. All season long, a different play, concert, or performance is slated to take place right here at LIU Post’s very own performance hall.
On Friday, October 2, the Tilles Center hosts the New York Philharmonic. The following night, EGOT Award-winning Whoopi Goldberg takes the stage. The week after, actress and singer Kπristin Chenoweth appears at the Center’s anniversary gala.
Sharon Maier-Kennelly, the Tilles Center’s new General Manager and Director of Programming Initiatives, described the exciting 2015-2016 season ahead. She was asked about the big events that were upcoming, and among those included the traveling Broadway Theater and the New York Philharmonic, who puts on an annual concert at the performance hall.
It has extremely good acoustics. It amplifies all sound and makes me sound so good” said Cosette Radowicz, who is currently attending LIU Post’s Summer Honors Institute, where she plays the French horn with the Chamber Orchestra.
The Tilles Center boasts a wide variety of shows for people young and old. Their School-Time performances are educational as well as entertaining for children in grades K-12. Stephanie Turner, the Director of Arts Education, is the coordinator of the program.
“She does a really amazing job with putting it together,” Maier-Kennelly said. Some of the programs include Sesame Street Live and The Cat in the Hat for those 8 years and younger, with Macbeth and TAO: Seventeen Samurai intended for those in middle and high school. The performances are viewed as family oriented – fun for the kids and their parents.
Maier-Kennelly also answered the question of which upcoming event she was personally looking forward to the most. “There are a few, but the public doesn’t know about it yet!” she said. “There’s a new film series we have, I’m very excited about that.”
She also mentioned her enthusiasm for the folk & rock oriented concerts that are happening later in the year. However, the event she is most excited for is the Gala with Kristin Chenoweth, happening on Saturday, October 10. “It’s a major fundraising event, but we are also honoring Elliott Sroka, who [retired in July],” she said. “It’s going to be a beautiful night all around.”
All tickets for upcoming shows at the Tilles Center can be purchased on ticketmaster.com and by visiting or calling the Box Office at 516.299.3100.