7:00 pm

The annual All New England Band Festival features the PSU Symphonic Band as well as 200 high school musicians. This year we welcome composers Dr. Jack Stamp, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Scott Watson from the Parkland (PA) School District.

This event often sells out – reserve tickets early.

  • November 23 at 7 p.m
  • Hanaway Theatre


Set in a quaint English seaside town, The Birthday Party is a modern classic that adroitly combines dark ambiguity, unsettling comedy, and high dramatic tension, and is one of Harold Pinter’s most produced and disturbing plays.

  • Silver Center Studio Theater
  • Buy tickets online OR call (603) 535-2787
    Adult $15, senior & youth $12
  • November 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.
    November 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.
    November 21 at 8 p.m.


7:00 pm

Safe and Free? The Case Against a Civil Liberties Tradeoff

Devon Chafee from the NH Civil Liberties Union will be unpacking the assumption that the goals of advancing civil liberties and protecting national security are necessarily counter-balanced. Focusing on US counterterrorism efforts in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Chaffee will address the costs and effectiveness of federal national security policies that implicate individual rights.

Devon Chaffee is the executive director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and is the former legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC.

  • November 17, 7 p.m.
  • Smith Recital Hall of the Silver Center for the Arts

4:00 pm

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the NH Klaviertrio on Sunday, November 8.

The trio includes Carleen Graff, piano; Bozena O’Brien, piano; and Gary Hodges, cello, and will perform music from a variety of style periods, including works by Beethoven, Rheinberger, and Danielpour.

  • Sunday, November 8, 4 p.m.
  • Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts
  • FREE--call for tickets: (603) 535-2787

7:00 pm

PSU director of choral activities Dan Perkins conducts the 38th annual festival featuring the PSU choirs and more than 200 high school singers from 60 schools from throughout New England. Guest choir: ConVal Regional High School, Krystal Morin (’13), director.




7:00 pm

Sidore Lecture Series

Freedom vs. Security: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, National Security, and the Law

From 19th-century anarchists to 21st-century jihadists, all terrorist groups and movements utilize mainstream and alternative media to publicize their grievances, imperatives, and appeals to potential followers. In this respect, nothing has changed in the last 150 years—except for the advances in communication technology. More here.

  • Brigitte Nacos from Columbia University
  • November 2, 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts

7:00 pm

The first Sidore Lecture of the year is titled Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights: Why They Are Important to Both the Guilty and the Innocent.  Read more here.

Presenter: Tracey Maclin, a Boston University Law Professor.
Date: Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Location: Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts.

8:30 pm

The Michael C. Anthony show is an avant-garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theater. Having hypnotized more than 15,000 people, Michael C. Anthony has filled theaters all over the planet and continues to be the most sought-after hypnotist in the world. For many years, Anthony has entertained incoming students at PSU during orientation week; now you can see how much fun they've been having!

  • Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
  • Order tickets online or call (603) 535 ARTS (2787).


A touching and sweet comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright A.R. Gurney about a dog named Sylvia and the husband and wife who take her into their home.

  • September 30 at 7 p.m.
    October 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
    October 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Studio Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
  • Adult $15, Senior $12, Youth $12
  • Order tickets online or call (603) 535 ARTS (2787).

8:30 am

Join President Birx as he shares his ideas and invites a conversation about PSU’s exciting future.

The day's activities start at 8:30 in Silver Center’s Hanaway Theatre. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.