BMCC TPAC Announces Spotlight Season

July 23, 2019

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents an exciting lineup of five diverse events for the 2019-2020 Season. These include Elza, The Opera Collective, Shelley Nicole, Rhonda Hansome & Friends, and the annual return of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Spotlight Series are $25 general admission and $11 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (212) 220-1460 or visit

Elza: Friday, October 25, 2019 

With her bluesy, jazzy Americana sound, world-class voice and melodies you’ll hum for days, award-winning singer songwriter Elza Müller-Römer touches you with the first note and holds you spellbound until the last. Elza has shared the stage with such icons as Merle Saunders, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Andrea Bocelli, Hootie & The Blowfish, Martin Sexton & Train. She also enjoys writing and recording music for TV and Film.  Her song “the other side” was the Grand Prize winner in the International Music Licensing Songwriting Competition and has led to her work with Telly Award Winning Producer Gary Gray. She wrote the promo theme & 13 of the songs for ABC’s “Hopkin’s,”  “BostonMed,”  “NYMed” and her music has been featured on the CW’s hit show “Smallville.”

The Opera Collective: Friday, November 1, 2019 

The Opera Collective is a group of Opera singers throughout New York City, seeking to make opera accessible to the general public by presenting educational programs and free public performances of vocal music including opera, art song, operetta and musical theater in New York’s thriving subway stations. This group of singers performs with MTA’s Music Under New York program, bringing Bizet, Gershwin, and Puccini to subway riders.  Members of Opera Collective enjoy diverse careers in many of the nation’s great opera houses, including their own New York City Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.

Shelley Nicole: Friday, February 14, 2020

Shelley Nicole (shown above) is a singer, writer, composer, actor, poet, musician and a healer. I Am American, her latest work, is a collection of songs written by her and produced by award-winning guitarist, composer and producer Vernon Reid of the band Living Colour. I Am American is forged from the connective tissue of rock, soul, blues, jazz and funk into a seamless, genre-defying blend while tackling the hard questions of women reclaiming their cultural identity, their psychic refuge and their personal agency. The project is part of the continuum of audacious, self-confident and eclectic Black sisterhood that extends from Rosetta Tharpe to Nina Simone to Betty Davis to Labelle to Joan Armatrading to Meshell Ndegeocello.

Rhonda Hansome & Friends, An Evening of Stand Up: Friday, March 6, 2020

Rhonda is a BackStage Bistro Award winner and has appeared on Louie, Saturday Night Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall, Evening at the Improv, Showtime at the Apollo, and The Joan Rivers Show. She has also appeared as an opening act with Anita Baker, Diana Ross & Aretha Franklin, to name  a few.  She’s at home on a cruise ship, casino, or comedy club stage and developed her provocative sense of foolery in NYC at the original homes of Catch A Rising Star and The Improv.

Brooklyn Women’s Chorus: Friday, May 8, 2020

A community chorus, The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus was formed in October 1997 by Park Slope resident and musician Bev Grant. With a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant, song topics range from freedom and justice to peace, resistance and women’s labor history. Their albums include Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and the Power of Song, and I Will Sing, which was recorded live at Tribeca PAC in 2014. The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is its own sanctuary for women who are seeking community and a safe place to find and raise their voice in song.


BMCC Tribeca PAC is Downtown Manhattan’s premier presenter of the arts, reaching audiences from the college community, downtown residential and business communities, local schools, families, and audiences of all ages. BMCC Tribeca PAC strives to present a broad global perspective through the presentation of high-quality artistic work in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. BMCC Tribeca PAC is located on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich Avenue and West Street) and is convenient to the 2/3, A/C/E and R/W subway lines and the New Jersey Path Train. For more information please visit our website.




  • BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC TPAC) announces Spotlight Season, October 25, 2019 through May 8, 2020
  • Performers include blues and jazz artist Elza; the Opera Collective; singer Shelley Nicole; Rhonda Hansome and an Evening of Stand Up, and the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus
  • Buy tickets now at $25 or $11 for seniors and students: (212) 220-1460 or online,

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