Fine and Performing Arts Facilities
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts' 2,310-seat Concert Hall is the borough's premier performance space. Critics have called it "acoustically perfect." With a modern 2,400-square foot stage and a hydraulic orchestra pit, the Center presents outstanding classical, popular, and folk/ethnic dance, music, and theatre companies from around the world. Special, culturally diverse community celebrations enhance the Center's offerings. The Center has also served as the site of numerous public programs and debates of national interest. Lehman students are offered discounted tickets for most events, as well as opportunities to work as ushers and apprentice stagehands. Examples of artists who have recently performed at the Center include El Gran Combo, Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Cliff, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Nickelodeon's Blues Clues Live, and the gospel musical "Your Arms Too Short to Box With God."
Lehman Stages is a performance and rehearsal facility at Lehman College, comprised of the Lovinger Theatre, the Studio Theatre, the Student Experimental Theatre (or "SET"), and the Dance Lab @ Lehman.
Part of the Bronx for over two decades, the facilities that comprise Lehman Stages have served as an invaluable cultural resource for the Bronx and the larger New York City community. Lehman Stages is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines, with a special focus on education and cultural diversity. Lehman Stages aspires to be an artistic touchstone for emerging artists of all backgrounds and a training facility for the College's theatre and dance program. The facilities also provide low-cost rehearsal, performance, and conference space for arts, civic, and government organizations throughout the metropolitan area.
The Music Building houses the 150-seat Recital Hall, which is used by music students and music faculty members throughout the academic year. There are also individual practice rooms for music students, as well as larger rehearsal halls for groups such as the Community Band and Lehman College and Community Chorus. Many recitals are given at noontime in the Recital Hall and attended by the public during the lunch hour. The Lehman College Chamber Players, the Lehman College Jazz Ensemble, and the Lehman College Brass Ensemble are among the groups performing noon-time concerts.
Lehman College Art Gallery
The Lehman College Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building designed by renowned architect Marcel Breuer. The Gallery presents innovative contemporary art in two striking exhibition spaces. Education is an integral component of exhibition programming and provides the basis for the Gallery's outreach - from young students to senior citizens. New technologies offer a means of reaching audiences internationally as well as locally and provide creative new venues for artists. The Gallery's website, featuring Bronx Public Art, highlights an extraordinary collection of public art from the WPA to contemporary projects.