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The Arts Are Back Live at Staller Center

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Chris Botti
Legendary trumpet player Chris Botti kicks off the Fall 2021 season on September 25.

The arts are back and they are better than ever at Staller Center for the 2021-22 season. After nearly two years of virtual programming, Staller Center is reopening its doors and welcoming live performers from all genres this fall. From jazz legends to some of America’s best dancers, the Center offers a variety-filled season, with safety measures in place as outlined below. 

Kicking off the Fall 2021 season on September 25 is legendary trumpet player Chris Botti, followed by the internationally renowned and award-winning quartet in residence, the Emerson String Quartet, featuring Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker on violin, Lawrence Dutton on Viola and Paul Watkins on cello. October promises to be a laugh and song-filled month with Alan Cumming on October 23, followed by Wayne Brady on October 30. Other shows include “Carnival of Animals,” a concert for kids presented by the Staller Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo on November 7, followed by the return of “Starry Nights — Fall” on November 11, and R&B singer-pianist Sheléa will take the stage on November 13. The season rounds out with the dance troupe BalletX on November 20 and country music singer Stephanie Quayle on December 11 for a special holiday show.

The 2022 Annual Gala will take place March 12 with pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The only two performances of this featured trio in 2022 will be held at Carnegie Hall and Staller Center.

R&B singer-pianist Sheléa will take the stage on November 13.

“We cannot wait to watch the audience escape into the world of the arts this fall in a safe environment,” said  Staller Center Director Alan Inkles. 

Tickets for the Fall 2021 season and the 2022 Gala are on sale now with a 10 percent discount offered on all shows through September 6. The Spring 2022 season will be announced in November.

Alan Cumming
Actor, comedian and singer Alan Cumming performs live on October 23.

Go to for more information, call (631) 632-ARTS or email

COVID Guidelines

Staller Center prioritizes the safety of its patrons, staff and students, and will enforce strict COVID-19 protocols for the Fall 2021 season. At this time, visitors must show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event (children ages 12 and under are exempt when accompanied by a parent or guardian who meets the requirements). Additionally, each audience and staff member must wear a mask while inside the venue. All audience members will be advised to not attend if they feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone with the disease.

With these guidelines, the Staller Center ticket policy for return or exchange of tickets will be liberalized to accommodate patrons who cannot attend due to the above.

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