KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING
Located on the Queens College campus, the Kupferberg Center
for the Performing Arts encompasses three venues: acoustically
perfect LeFrak Concert Hall, which can hold about 500 guests;
Colden Auditorium, which seats 2,143; and 476-seat Irving and
Susan Wallack Goldstein Theater.
Kupferberg presents a wide range of entertainment to about
350,000 patrons each year, including classical music, jazz, dance,
seminars, conferences, and children’s events. Billy Joel, Janis
Joplin, Cyndi Lauper, the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna
Boys’ Choir, and Yo-Yo Ma are among the entertainers who
have performed there recently. Plus, the venue can be rented.
Inside scoop: Kupferberg also operates the Godwin-Ternbach
Museum and the Queens College Art Center.
Address: Queens College is at the corner of the Long Island
Expressway and Kissena Boulevard (Exit 24), Flushing, and
LAGUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theatre
seats 740 guests on a single level plus up to 12 guests in a
wheelchair section. The center’s Little Theatre features a raised,
thrust stage surrounded on three sides by 220 steeply raked
seats which offer excellent sightlines. Space for eight people in
wheelchairs is available behind the last row of fixed seats.
Inside scoop: The center is also involved in the LPAC Lab, an
off-shoot talent pool for artists who can develop their works in
progress. The Lab offers year-long residencies.
Address: 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, and www.
QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center, which features a
proscenium theater with 850 seats, hosts an annual Professional
Performing Arts Series to bring a high level of accessible, worldclass
entertainment to the community at large. Throughout
its over-50-year history, QPAC has successfully produced
more than 1,200 performances and served more than 1 million
individuals. QPAC’s affordable prices allow working families,
younger generations, and seniors the opportunity to enjoy first
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