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NEW VIDEO! Broadway Playhouse Brings Kids to Theater District

Broadway Playhouse brings kids from NYC public schools in underserved communities to the Theater District for an unforgettable theater experience!

Remembering Friends of Kaufman Music Center

Veronica Pellitteri, a Special Music School alumna who joined the school in 1997, passed away in October of this year following a car accident. She was 23 years old. A gifted pianist and vocalist, Veronica attended LaGuardia High School and later studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Veronica moved to Italy, where she was born, in 2010. She began attending medical...

The NY Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist is a Big Fan of Special Music School

Anthony McGill has been very busy lately. Fresh from performing and recording Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s new principal clarinetist is preparing for a much smaller – but very important – concert on February 3 in support of the music program at Special Music School, Kaufman Music Center’s public school for musically...

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Concerto Competition!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Concerto Competition from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School, Special Music School and Young Artist Program!

These extraordinarily talented students  will perform in Merkin Concert Hall on Sunday, February 1 at 4:30 pm.

Get concert details and tickets.

2015 Winners:

Tamar Benami & Emma Bertke, flutes
Lucy Moses...

Crossing the Sonic Spectrum: Five Years of Ecstatic Music

When the Ecstatic Music Festival (EMF) launched five years ago, genre categories still held sway, and it was still somewhat audacious for a pop artist to compose music for a classical orchestra, or a string quartet to perform at a downtown rock club. In the context of the vital, thriving new music scene right now, the concept of genre can seem quaint if not downright...

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Tue, Feb 3
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic

"Mr. McGill played with...

LMS Suzuki Program Helps Harlem Students Excel

Lucy Moses School Suzuki students Lizbeth Trinidad (above left) and Mia Moreno enjoy their viola lesson with at P.S. 161 in Harlem. Lizbeth began studying the violin five years ago and has recently fallen in love with the viola. A Suzuki student since first grade, Mia is also a skilled member of P.S. 161’s debate team. Studying music really builds their confidence and...

Young SMS Composer Gets Inspired by Space, Scales - and Especially His Classmates

Above: Henry Alonso (left) discusses John Cage’s "Living Room Music" with SMS Faculty Member Vasu Panicker and fellow ensemble members Alejandro Vilarrasa-Corriero (seated) and Darrius Rankin.

Before he arrived at the newly-opened Special Music School High School in the fall of 2013, Henry Alonso was already a prolific composer who produced electronic music on his...

Face the Music Thrives in a Fertile New Music Scene

This season you’ll find NYC's favorite teen new music ensemble all over NYC and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. They will premiere works by composers Carlos Carrillo, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Asha Srinivasan as well as 17 new pieces by Face...

A Message from the Executive Director

Happy 2015! I wish you a joyful new year filled with music.

This is a wonderful time of the year at Kaufman Music Center. Our halls and classrooms crackle with the energy of our students young and, well, not so young.  It is always a delight to see the results of our students’ hard work at the many recitals coming up in Ann Goodman Recital Hall as well as on stage at...

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