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2018 Gala Opportunities for Support

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT OUR 2018 GALA There are many opportuniites to support our 2018 Gala honoring Lydia Kontos. We hope you will be part of this special evening! There has been great demand for tickets to the Gala, and the event is almost sold out. If you are interested in attending, please call the Development Office at 212 501 3350 in inquire about availability. Tab…

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Meet Luis Diaz: A Young Flutist to Watch

Luis Diaz began playing recorder as a 4th grader at his elementary school in Washington Heights. He showed a natural talent as a wind player, and soon won a scholarship to study the flute with Valerie Holmes at Kaufman Music Center. He was ultimately admitted into the Center’s Special Music School. Luis says: “There’s no way my parents would hav…

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Interview with Ecstatic Music Festival Artists Bent Knee

The 6 musicians of Bent Knee have come together to create a sound that is part rock band, part chamber ensemble, part new-music machine. Since 2009, their ever-evolving music has taken over the hearts of fans across the globe. Lucky for us, they’ve agreed to share some thoughts about their music, their process, and their work for the Ecstatic Music Festival. Get your…

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Joshua Bell Announces Our Year of Thanks to Lydia Kontos

Dear Friends, As the proud parent of children studying at Kaufman Music Center, I am writing today to ask you to join me in saying “thank you” to an extraordinary woman.  Lydia Kontos, Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center, will be retiring this year after nearly 40 years of service. Lydia is a remarkable leader, who has guided the growth of Lucy Mos…

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New York Flute Day Masterclass with Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne Galway - March 18

Sunday, March 18, 10:30 am-3pm Ackman Space (Merkin Concert Hall Upper Lobby) Featuring students from Kaufman Music Center and the NYC flute community. This event is free for the Kaufman Music Center community. LMS students must show ID. Members of the general public can register and pay at

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PHOTOS: Kronos Quartet Partners with Face the Music Youth New Music Ensemble

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet joined Kaufman Music Center’s youth new music ensemble Face the Music to perform new works at the Ecstatic Music Festival. The two ensembles performed separately and together at Merkin Concert Hall. This concert was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, and was dedicated to Eug…

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Composer & Luna Lab Founder Missy Mazzoli Featured in Washington Post

Read the full article. Learn more about the Luna Lab mentorship program for young women composers.   Read the full article.

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Assurant Issues Challenge Match for Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon

We are thrilled to announce that the Assurant Foundation, one of Kaufman Music Center’s generous corporate partners, has issued a challenge match for the Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon. The first $10,000 raised by parents, families and students will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Lucy Moses School proudly offers scholarships to more than a hundred students every year,…

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Snow Closure Update - Fri, Jan 5

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School and Lucy Moses School are OPEN on Friday, January 5. Visit the NYC Department of Education web site. Merkin Concert Hall and the Kaufman Music Center offices are OPEN.

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