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Teaching Kids to “Accentuate the Positive”

This winter and spring, teaching artists from Kaufman Music Center showed more than 600 kids from seven NYC public schools how to "Accentuate the Positive" at lyric-writing workshops in classrooms from the Bronx and Harlem down to the Lower East Side.

Developed and supported by The Johnny Mercer Foundation, the workshops focused on four of Mr. Mercer's well-known...

Hear Ecstatic Music Festival concerts on demand!

Listen to the first  four Ecstatic Music Festival shows on demand, courtesy of Q2 Music, the festival's digital venue.

Get the full festival schedule.

Hospitality & Face the Music
The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, 1/31/14

Click here to watch the webcast, or listen to the audio below:

Dawn of Midi & Bright Wave

Merkin Concert Hall, 2/1/14


Harlem Quartet Named 2014 Summer String Fest Quartet-in-Residence

This August, 35 young string players from the NYC area will have an unusual opportunity to hone their craft with the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet, who will be the Quartet-in-Residence during the 2014 Summer String Fest (August 18-22, 2014) at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School.

The annual, week-long Summer String Fest brings together talented young violinists,...

SMS High School Students to Perform Riley’s “In C” on 4/11

Friday, April 11,  7 pm
MLK Educational Complex, Amsterdam at 66th St.

Students from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School will give a multi-media performance of Terry Riley's landmark "In C" with students from the Juilliard Center for Arts & Innovation.

FREE and open to the public.

Face the Music & Kronos Quartet in the New York Times!

Face the Music's work with Kronos Quartet has made the New York Times!

Read Vivien Schweitzer's feature on Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary and find out why they're so committed to mentoring the younger generation of performers. Face the Music string quartets will perform with Kronos at Carnegie Hall on March 28!

Here's a taste:

“'That sounded massively...

Flute Masterclass with Sir James Galway 3/26

Wednesday, March 26, 3-5 pm
Ackman Space, Merkin Concert Hall Upper Lobby
FREE and open to the public

Young flute students from Lucy Moses School and Special Music School will have a very special opportunity to learn from legendary flutist Sir James Galway when he gives a masterclass at Kaufman Music Center.

Featuring Nadira Novruzov, Beatrice Mirzoyev, Luis Diaz,...

Masterclass: Face the Music & Kronos Quartet, 3/25

Tuesday, March 25, 7 pm
Ann Goodman Recital Hall
FREE and open to the public

Come see the new Kronos at Kaufman residency in action when Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington gives a masterclass with two string quartets from Kaufman Music Center's youth new music ensemble, Face the Music: Pannonia Quartet and Quartet: This Side Up.

This year, four young Face the...

Masterclass with Julian Martin 3/16

Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center presents a Masterclass with pianist Julian Martin on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 10:30 am in Ann Goodman Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Works by Chopin, Schumann & Liszt
Featuring students from Lucy Mose School's Young Artist Program: Amanda Lubin, Andrew Lin & Fyodor Shirayev

About Julian Martin...

NEW RECORDINGS: ComposerCraft Students Premiere New Works at Symphony Space

Click on the SoundCloud links below to hear their pieces!

Classical music aficionados on the lookout for the next Philip Glass or Steve Reich should keep a careful eye on the new generation of composers in the ComposerCraft program at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School. Aged 10-13, the students come to the class having already written everything from operas and...

SMS High School Onstage: Mid-Winter Performance on 2/27

SMS High School Onstage: Mid-Winter

Thu, Feb 27, 7 pm, FREE
SMS High School, MLK Educational Complex
(Amsterdam Ave. btw 64th & 65th St.)


  • Beethoven’s Egmont Overture performed by six pianists
  • Meredith Monk’s Panda Chant II
  • A Balinese monkey chant (Tjak!)
  • A new arrangement of Piazzola’s famous Libertango for...

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