Performing Arts Events
UPCA presents and produces events for a diverse community that is hungry to attend events without having to take the A-train downtown. In 2013 UPCA presented the 5-year anniversary concert of the Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights," starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Later that year we hosted a book launch event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz. For the past two Halloweens guitar icon Gary Lucas has performed his original scores to classic monster movies, including "Dracula" and "Frankenstein." Besides hosting those world-class artists, UPCA also provides opportunities for local artists and art organizations to perform at the magnificent Palace. These have included pocket operas, comedy nights, concerts, and dance performances. In 2014 UPCA also produced the new holiday show "The Hip Hop Nutcracker," which has become an annual event.