Live From the Great Hall: An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Monday, June 17, 2024, 8 - 9:30pm

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Tony- and Grammy Award-winning multifaceted entertainer Leslie Odom, Jr. performs in honor of The Cooper Union’s 165th anniversary. The celebratory concert is part of The Cooper Union’s Gardiner Foundation Great Hall Forum series. 

Registration on EventBrite is required. However, an EventBrite ticket does not guarantee entry as this is a first-come-first-served free event. 



With a career that spans performance genres, Odom has received recognition for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, television, film, and music. In addition to his Tony and Grammy awards, Odom is a three-time Emmy and two-time Academy Award-nominated vocalist, songwriter, actor, and New York Times bestselling author. Most recently, he made his long-awaited return to Broadway starring in, and co-producing, the new Broadway production of the classic American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by the legendary Ossie Davis, which opened in September 2023 to widespread critical acclaim. 

Odom is best known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the hit musical Hamilton on Broadway as well as his critically acclaimed performance as legendary soul singer Sam Cooke in Regina King’s 2020 film, One Night in Miami. Other movies include The Exorcist: Believer (2023), Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022), and The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to David Chase’s award-winning HBO series The Sopranos (2021). 

A BMG recording artist who has released five full-length albums, Odom’s latest album,  released in November 2023 and his first of all-new original music since 2019, is When A Crooner Dies and features a collection of ten newly penned, original tracks that mark his most personal body of music to date. He has performed to sold-out crowds in halls around the country including The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.