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Skidmore College

World-class stage. Intimate experiences. 

The Arthur Zankel Music Center opened in 2010 as a hub of musical activity for the Skidmore College campus and surrounding communities, providing students, educators, and artists with 54,000 sq. feet of space to teach, practice, perform, and support music and the performing arts. 

The center’s 600-seat, acoustically tuned Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall showcases the talents of Skidmore music students and faculty on its world-class stage and draws sold out crowds for performances by internationally renowned artists and scholars like Jon Batiste, Branford Marsalis, Emanuel Ax, Dave Brubeck, Tank and the Bangas, Ani Difranco, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Indigo Girls, Caroline Rose, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Paul Simon, and Gloria Steinem.

Coming Up

Makaya McCraven is a cutting-edge drummer, producer and sonic collagist who draws on hip-hop and other styles to push the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. On Saturday, February 17, he’ll bring a 13-piece band to Zankel to present In These Times, a large-scale sociopolitical-themed performance of poly-metered repertoire. Join us at the Tang Teaching Museum on Thursday, February 15 for a conversation with the artist.

Fall 2023 Brochure
Fall 2023 Program
From collaborative performances by Skidmore students like Skidmania ’73 to a newly-commissioned song cycle from a Grammy Award-winning composer and Pulitzer Prize Poet Laureate, there is something for everyone to discover this season.

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Our program

Our program

From cabaret and choir to pop, piano, and public lectures, our schedule is a curation of talent we're proud to share with our community.

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What to expect

What to expect

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Our story

Our story

What makes a public music venue on a college campus so special? Get to know us and our unique position as a multi-service and interdisciplinary arts venue.

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