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Meet Christina Nelson, French Horn Player & Special Music School Student

Here at Kaufman Music Center, our supporters make student success happen every day. We're delighted to share another story that your support makes possible. Christina Nelson is currently in 10th grade at Special Music School, where she plays French horn. Her father is a jazz pianist, so music runs in the family. In addition to her music curriculum, she loves math and E…

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Meet Elizabeth Chun, Violinist & Special Music School 11th Grader

Give the Gift of Music! Kaufman Music Center’s groundbreaking work is only possible because of the generous support of our community. With your help, our educational programs will transform more than 4,000 young lives during the 2018-19 year, and Merkin Hall will welcome 45,000+ music lovers. This holiday season, we are proud to share the story of one of the amazing …

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Q&A with Terrance McKnight

Congratulations to Terrance McKnight on being named one of Musical America's Top 30 Professionals of the Year! WQXR evening host Terrance McKnight talks about his new concert series at Merkin Hall, “Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight,” which features pianist Ursula Oppens, harpist Bridget Kibbey and pianist André Watts. He discusses his unique app…

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2019 Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon

2019 Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon - February 10, 2019 Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School proudly offers scholarships to more than a hundred students every year, ensuring that those in need of financial assistance have the opportunity to pursue their love of music, theater and dance. The Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon helps make this important goal a reality. Each…

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A Who’s Who of the Contemporary Music Scene Celebrates Cello Legend Fred Sherry at Merkin Hall

On October 28, an all-star cast of contemporary music luminaries took the stage at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall for a celebration of cello legend Fred Sherry, “a dynamic, ebullient and magnanimous artist and teacher” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker). A champion of the music of our time for more than five decades, Sherry is a beloved faculty member at T…

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Fun Piano Facts

What member of the animal kingdom responds to piano music just like humans? What is the most expensive piano made of? Find out the answers to these questions and more! The first piano was invented in 1709 by an Italian harpsichord maker Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori. The piano was first called gravicembalo col piano e forte, which roughly translates to “soft and…

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Video Playlist: 2018-19 Tuesday Matinees Artists

Preview the rising artists featured during this season's Tuesday Matinees series! Join us for our next concert featuring pianist Daniel Lebhardt on Tuesday, Nov. 6! Daniel Lebhardt at Merkin Hall's 2016 Young Concert Artists Series Multipiano Ensemble with the "Tel Aviv Soloists" Chamber Orchestra Tremolo Percussion Ensemble Argus Quartet Tessa Lark with Renan…

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Rob Kapilow Reveals the Origins of “What Makes It Great?”

Hear classical masterpieces with new ears! The new season of What Makes It Great? begins Mon, Oct 22 with Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Featuring host Rob Kapilow, the Rolston String Quartet & double bassist Sam Suggs. Details & tickets Mozart's most famous piece, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, is shrouded in mystery. No one knows who it was written for or why …

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Watch Our Video Playlist of the 2019 Ecstatic Music Festival Artists

Preview the remarkable lineup of composers and performers at the 2019 Ecstatic Music Festival, which begins on January 7! Get tickets. wild Up with Bjork Zola Jesus performs live at Webster Hall William Britelle with fellow Ecstatic Music Festival performer Wye Oak Deerhoof performs live in Tokyo Tigue performs at National Sawdust Ir…

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Q&A with Kate Sheeran, Kaufman Music Center’s New Executive Director

Kaufman Music Center’s brand new Executive Director Kate Sheeran took the helm in September following the retirement of long-time leader Lydia Kontos. A professional French horn player with serious music education chops – she was formerly Provost and Dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Assistant Dean at Mannes School of Music – Kate shares…

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