To engage and enrich our community through arts performance, education and advocacy

As a nonprofit organization, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts strives to entertain and enrich the community through arts performance, education and advocacy.

Tilles Center welcomes 150,000 visitors annually to enjoy the world’s finest artists across all genres including music, dance, comedy and theater.

As a community cultural service provider, we are committed to the preservation and live presentation of all art forms: classical and pop music, jazz, cabaret, dance, cultural programming and theater, including performing arts for children and families.

We seek to explore innovation within the disciplines and are committed to a perspective that is inclusive and equitable, presenting artists who come from and speak to diverse experiences. Moreover, we seek to present “world-class” work — performances of highest artistic standard.

In addition to presenting premier performances, Tilles Center proudly supports tens of thousands of children and adult learners each year through its robust arts education programs. The focus is on providing arts experiences to underserved communities — from low-income school districts and those on the autism spectrum to local seniors. 

We believe that the performing arts are uniquely capable of fostering communication and understanding among people, supporting social and emotional health, and demonstrating the highest potential for human achievement.


The Dome
In the 1970's
Building a New Venue
Construction on what is now known as Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, before its completion and opening in 1981
Gilbert Tilles
Gilbert Tilles, former Tilles Center Executive Director Dr. Elliott Sroka, and Zubin Mehta
Yo-Yo Ma
April 2018
Carol Burnett
October 2019
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
December 2022
Historic Performances
Pianist Van Cliburn and conductor Mariss Jansons with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gala X, October 1990
Audra McDonald
May 2015
Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic
TillesFest, July 1991
Diana Krall
April 2022
Herbie Hancock
October 2017
Kristin Chenoweth
35th Anniversary Gala, October 2015
President George W. Bush
October 2018
Martha Graham Dance Company
April 2018
Chris Botti
April 2015
President Joe Biden
March 2018
Gershwin Gala
Performers included Marvin Hamlisch, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Maureenn McGovern, Manhattan Rhythm Kings and Ron Silver as George Gershwin, Gala XVII, October 1997
Loretta Lynn
April 2017
Harry Connick, Jr.
February 2022
Elvis Costello
October 2022
Steve Martin and Martin Short
November 2018
President Bill Clinton
October 2017
Rhiannon Giddens
November 2015
Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine
February 2023
A Conversation with Trevor Noah
Moderated by Roy Wood Jr., March 2023
Idina Menzel
Gala, November 2011
Brandi Carlile
July 2023

Long Island’s Premier Concert Venue Since 1970

In 1970, Long Island University added a 3,500 seat theater to its Brookville, NY campus, designed and built by the Butler Manufacturing Company. Locally known as The Dome, and honored with several architectural awards for its technological innovation, it was considered a daring and symbolic structure. However, on the snowy, windy night of January 21, 1978, The Dome succumbed to mounds of snow that had accumulated atop it. The collapse was said to have been slow, the roof coming down without even damaging a single chair below. No one was injured.

The concert hall that we all know today was constructed in its footprint. This 42,000 square foot structure, designed by Paul Broches and Mitchell Giurgola Architects, was completed in 1981. The new concert hall seated 2,250 people, with no audience member more than 125 feet from the stage. 

Initially, this new concert hall operated without a title, however, in 1985 it was named by the new president, Dr. David J. Steinberg, in honor of Dr. Albert Bush-Brown, the former president of the university. It operated as the Bush-Brown Concert Hall for two years until a generous donation by the Rose and Gilbert Tilles family brought about the renaming of the facility. In 1987, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts was born.

Completed in 2005, a $10 million, 10,000 square foot expansion designed by the same architects was added to Tilles Center, including the Atrium, administrative offices, additional restrooms, and auxiliary mechanical and support spaces. This grand, new entry provided an elegant pre-performance and intermission reception area, now equating the venue space with the high-caliber programming offered within.

Thanks to the generous support of Dolores and Herbert Goldsmith, Judith and Irwin Tantleff and Dori and Peter Tilles, Tilles Center upgraded and replaced many of the cosmetic aspects of the Concert Hall in 2020.


Krasnoff Theater at Tilles Center 

The Krasnoff Theater, Tilles Center's more intimate performance space, is host to a broad array of performances, speakers, academic programs and events. Thanks to the generous support of Sandy and Eric Krasnoff, the venue was renovated and expanded in 2018. The completely refurbished theater boasts state-of-the-art sound and projection systems and cushioned seating with lumbar support to allow for a first-class experience for both performancers and guests. 


Recent Highlights

Today, the 2,200 seat Concert Hall and the 500 seat Krasnoff Theater boast over 50 world-class performances a year, with sightlines and configurations for all types of events. The Concert Hall features impeccable acoustics and Krasnoff Theater is noted for its intimacy for both performers and patrons. Together, both halls make up Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the premier performing arts center on Long Island. 

Recent performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Alice Cooper, Bill Clinton, Carol Burnett, Lang Lang, Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steve Martin & Martin Short, George W. Bush, Baby Shark, Smokey Robinson, Martha Graham Dance Company, Itzhak Perlman, Patti LaBelle, Diana Krall and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

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A Leader in Arts Education

Since its inception, Tilles Center has offered engaging opportunities and educational experiences to enrich and expand the lives of its community members. The Arts Education Program was officially conceptualized in the late 1990's. Programs include weekday matinee performances for student field trips, in-school residencies, family shows and workshops, sensory friendly experiences, Arts and Aging programs, and masterclasses for students from Long Island University and the local community. 

These initiatives continue to evolve in order to meet the greater societal goals and the Long Island community's changing needs. 


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Header photo: Grey Verses by Brendan Saye, ABT Studio Company, photo by Avery Brunkus