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It's Time to Renew Your What Makes It Great? Subscription for 2018-19

Monday, October 22, 2018  |  7:30pm


Renewal Deadline for the 2018-19 season: Tue, May 15

2017-18 Subscribers may renew their subscriptions online or by calling the box office at 212 501 3330.

Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 7:30 pm
Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

Featuring the Rolston String Quartet with Sam Suggs, double bass

Mozart’s magnificent Eine kleine Nachtmusik is one of the most famous pieces of classical music in the world, but why? What has made this chamber piece endure and remain ubiquitous more than 200 years later – on the concert stage, the movie screen, at weddings and even as a ring tone? Rob Kapilow and the Rolston String Quartet will dig deeply into Mozart’s much-loved work and show you why this seemingly simple serenade is actually a spectacularly sophisticated piece of music. Come hear what you’ve been missing!

Monday, November 19, 2018, 7:30 pm
Dvořák’s "American Quartet"
Featuring the Aeolus Quartet

Antonín Dvořák came to America in 1892 to head the newly-formed American Conservatory of Music, ushering in an extraordinarily fruitful period of creativity that included the triumphant New World Symphony and his Cello Concerto in B minor. In the idyllic surroundings of a small Iowa town, he wrote what would become one of chamber music’s most popular pieces in just 16 days: The String Quartet in F major, nicknamed the American Quartet. Fascinated with African-American and Native-American music, Dvořák absorbed the spirit of America’s folk melodies into his work and advocated for an American composition school based on the country’s own indigenous music. Rob Kapilow and the Aeolus Quartet explore the difference between influence and imitation as they investigate what makes the American Quartet “American.”

Monday, January 28, 2019, 7:30 pm
Schubert’s "Unfinished Symphony"
Featuring the Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia

Rob Kapilow and the Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia take on one of the greatest stories – and one of the most fascinating mysteries – in the history of classical music. For almost 200 years, scholars and historians have debated why Franz Schubert never finished his eighth symphony, one of the greatest, and most beautiful symphonies ever written. Rob will guide the audience through the symphony’s two completed movements as well as perform the seldom-heard orchestration of the unfinished third movement while exploring the question of whether a piece of music can be unfinished, but somehow still complete.

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:30 pm
A Cole Porter Evening
Featuring Broadway stars Sally Wilfert & Michael Winther

The witty and urbane Cole Porter joyfully pushed the envelope of musical theater in the 1920s, 30s and 40s with ultra-sophisticated, often risqué songs banned by the censors and adored by theatergoers. Unlike most of the 20th century’s great songwriters, Porter grew up in a world of unbelievable wealth and privilege that included Yale, Harvard and astonishingly lavish travel. Yet beneath his socially perfect public persona was a hidden private life that influenced nearly all of his music and lyrics. Broadway stars Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther join Rob Kapilow for a one-night-only musical tour through Porter’s extraordinary life and career, as they take a fresh look at Porter’s complex highbrow/lowbrow sensibility in classic songs like “You’re the Top,” “Night and Day,” “All Through the Night” and “Begin the Beguine."

Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 pm
Jazz on the Tracks: The Train in Classic Jazz from Miller to Marsalis
Featuring the big band Kyle Athayde Dance Party

From Glenn Miller and Count Basie, to Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis, the everyday ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz composers and compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American culture and deeply connected to the world of working musicians criss-crossing the country. Rob Kapilow and the big band Kyle Athayde Dance Party will unravel and explore trains as both sonic and cultural themes in a whistle-stop tour through some of the 20th century’s greatest big-band masterpieces including Glenn Miller’s 1941 number one hit “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” Count Basie’s “Super Chief,” Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local” and Wynton Marsalis’ 1999 big band suite, “Big Train.”

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