The Fredonia Jazz Orchestra at the 2022 Commencement-Eve Concert

Rockefeller Arts Center

Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center of visual and performing arts for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

"The Sounds of Soul: Motown and Beyond" opens DFT Pops Series on Sept. 24

Get ready to relive the hits of Motown and beyond with a high-energy group that unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul.

The DFT Communications Pops Series opens the 2022-23 season with “The Sounds of Soul: Motown and Beyond,” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The Sounds of Soul have been delighting audiences across the nation since 1996. The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as singers, dancers and songwriters. The members of the Sounds of Soul have recorded for labels including Capital Records, Big Apple Records and R & S Records.

Their live show is a combination of Motown classics mixed with some of the greatest songs of all time. This concert will feature the hits of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White and more.

The Sounds of Soul are known for their crisp choreography, distinct harmonies and flashy stage personas.


Tickets also available at the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center and by phone at 716-673-3501.

Announcing our new online ticketing platform

We are pleased to announce a new ticketing system that will allow you to select your own seats online and generate print-at-home tickets or smartphone tickets that will allow you to be scanned in at the event. Tickets will continue to be available at the Campus Ticket Office on the ground floor of the Williams Center, and by phone by calling 716-673-3501. 


Save 15 to 25 percent with Mix & Match Tickets

Collage photo of 2022-23 events

Rockefeller Arts Center is pleased to announce that Mix & Match Season Ticket Packages are back for the 2022-23 Lake Shore Savings Season. The premise of Mix & Match Season Tickets is simple - you see more and you pay less!

Select three, four or five shows and you will SAVE up to 15 percent on tickets. If you order tickets for six or more events, you will SAVE up to 25 percent. In addition to the savings, you will be able to get the best available seats because Mix & Match subscribers have first choice of location! And this is the perfect way to “make a date with yourself,” so you don’t miss out because of a busy schedule or a show is sold out.

An exciting array of events is planned for the coming year. Links to a brochure with more details on all the Mix & Match events from which you can choose to create your own unique season ticket package and a printable order form are available below:



Rockefeller's flagship series, The DFT Communications Pops, has three events ranging from the best of Motown, to the annual Christmas concert to a commencement-eve extravaganza with favorites from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has expanded the diverse Walter Gloor Mainstage Series to six events, while the Western New York Chamber Orchestra presents three concerts covering the best in classical music.

In addition, there is the Kaleidoscope Family Series sponsored by The Observer and The Post-Joural, which is the perfect way to introduce children and grandchildren to the world of live performance, and the annual grandeur of the Hillman Opera.

Choose at least three events from the eligible offerings featured in the brochure, create your very own season ticket package and start saving. Send in your order form today or call us at 716-673-3501 Monday through Friday and get ready to see more and pay less!