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NEW VIDEO! Sxip Shirey & Angélica Negrón preview their 2/7 Ecstatic Music Festival collaboration

Sxip Shirey and Angélica Negrón talk about their February 7 Ecstatic Music Festival concert. At Merkin Concert Hall they'll be joined by special guests Todd Reynolds, Noveller, Jonny Rodgers and Face the Music. Find out more about the concert.

Video by Steve Taylor.

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Interview with Upcoming EMF Artist Jherek Bischoff

Jherek Bischoff will be headlining the first Ecstatic Music Festival concert of 2012, with guest vocalists David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, Mirah, Zac Pennington and more! He was kind enough to submit to some email questioning...

  • What’s it like to work with David Byrne?

The coolest guy ever. He has inspired me so much through my life. His openness to...

NEW VIDEO! Go Behind the Scenes of Broadway Playhouse: Stephen Sondheim!

Broadway Playhouse's tribute to all things Stephen Sondheim hits Merkin Concert Hall this Sunday, February 5th at 11:00 am! Featuring songs from Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Follies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the show is the perfect way to introduce young musical theater lovers to Sondheim's classics.

Below, take a sneak peek at the show!


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2012 Concerto Competition Winners Announced!

Kaufman's Center's 2012 Concerto Competition took place this past Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 pm in Merkin Concert Hall. All participants are students are from Lucy Moses School, Special Music School and Kaufman Center's Young Artist Program. Students chose to perform either a 15 minute instrumental piece or two vocal arias.

Kaufman Center is pleased to announce the...

NY Public Radio’s Greene Space to Host Ecstatic Music Festival Preview

Get a taste of the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival on Wednesday, February 1 at New York Public Radio's Greene Space! Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, Q2 Music’s preview concert will  feature music and conversation with Ecstatic Music Festival composer-performers Jason Treuting, Sxip Shirey, Angélica Negrón and Jherek Bischoff as well as a conversation with composer and...

Interview with Upcoming NYGF Performer Howard Fishman

[Now available: Watch a clip of the interview on Youtube!]

Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Listening to Howard Fishman’s music, you’re likely to hear  a myriad of influences he has picked up from his travels: New Orleans, gypsy, cabaret, bluegrass, jazz, folk, big band, just to name a few. His apartment/work space is filled with evocations of activity. CDs line the wall,...

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Kaufman Center Announces New Board Leadership

At its annual meeting in November, Kaufman Center’s Board of Trustees elected Rosalind Devon as the new Chairman of the Board, and Andrea Brown was elected as the Board’s President.  At this meeting, Bethany Millard completed her service as Chairman of the Board, and several other officers completed their terms as well.

Bethany Millard served as Chairman during a...

Announcing the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival

This winter, Kaufman Center's second annual Ecstatic Music Festival will feature nearly 150 performers and composers from different musical backgrounds who are re-defining music today. In 11 collaborative concerts – all with first performances of new works – the festival will put its finger on the pulse of contemporary “post-classical” music, where lines between genres...

Free Broadway Playhouse Tickets Available for Title 1 Schools

Attention New York City educators!

Free tickets for Kaufman Center’s Broadway Playhouse series at Merkin Concert Hall are available for children at Title 1 schools. The 2012 performances for schools will take place at 10 am on three Mondays: Jan 9, Feb 5 and Mar 19.

Last season more than 800 children from seven Title 1 NYC public schools attended these school...

My Brightest Diamond Joins NY Guitar Festival Lineup

My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) will join the New York Guitar Festival at Merkin Concert Hall on Jan 17, 2012. The 2012 festival, “Silent Films/Live Guitars,” pairs performers with silent films by one of the greatest comic actor-directors in the history of cinema: Buster Keaton. The festival also features Lee Ranaldo, Kaki King, Dan Zanes, Gyan Riley, Keller...

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