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Fun Harp Facts

Discover something new about the harp with with our list of Fun Harp Facts The harp is believed to have existed since 15,000 BC, making it one of the oldest instruments in the world. The word “harp” originates from the German, Old Norse, and Anglo Saxon words meaning “to pluck.” It might have strings, but it’s not a guitar!  The harp is m…

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Laura Kaminsky Celebrates Her Friendship with Only at Merkin Performer Ursula Oppens

THREE INTIMATE EVENINGS OF CONVERSATION AND PERFORMANCE. Kaufman Music Center's brand new series, Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight, begins Sat, Feb 2, with a 75th Birthday Tribute to Ursula Oppens. Featuring WQXR's Terrance McKnight, renowned pianist Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet.  The program includes the world premiere of Laura …

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Mentoring 21st Century Musicians in a Unique Musical Ecosystem

“Some of the most important things I can do as the leader of Kaufman Music Center are to give our students strong mentors and role models, and the opportunity to play music that really resonates with them. Our dual mission, which encompasses both education programs and Merkin Hall presentations, gives rise to mutually beneficial relationships between the artists on o…

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Special Music School High School Cabaret Performance

Thu, Feb 14, 6 pm Special Music School High School (122 Amsterdam Ave.), Black Box Theater This Valentine's Day, vocal virtuosos from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School perform romantic songs from the American Songbook. This light, fun evening of musical theater classics is presented by students in SMS's Vocal Concentration Program. Special…

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Thank You to Our Generous Supporters!

Thank you to our generous friends! This past holiday season, 139 people made donations to Kaufman Music Center, helping us raise $225,768 during the year-end giving season. These gifts will go to work immediately to help our music presentation and education programs thrive. The 2019 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall has begun, and the brand new series Only at Merkin w…

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Face the Music & Mazz Swift with International Contemporary Ensemble at Roulette

Mon, Jan 14, 7 pm at Roulette Face the Music performs with the artist collective hailed as “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross) and “the new gold standard for new-music” (The New Yorker). They will perform works by Mazz Swift following a residency with the vocalist, composer and Juilliard-trained violinist. The program includes two…

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Hidden Figures: Face the Music with Helga Davis, Courtney Bryan, Shelley Washington & Mazz Swift at National Sawdust

Mon, Feb 11, 7 pm at National sawdust Vocalist and WQXR host Helga Davis and composers Courtney Bryan and Shelley Washington join Face the Music at National Sawdust for a program inspired by the 2016 film Hidden Figures. The program includes Bryan’s Yet Unheard, inspired by the tragic death of Sandra Bland, plus Washington’s A Kind of Lung and music by Mazz Swi…

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Q&A with Reena Esmail, Composer & Luna Lab Mentor

Indian-American composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces. As a Luna Composition Lab mentor, she addresses the gender imbalance in the field of classical music by encouraging girls and young women to compose. Below, she discusses Luna Lab as well as …

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Kaufman Music Center’s Top Ten Moments of 2018

Thanks to you, our community of music lovers and supporters, 2018 was a banner year for Kaufman Music Center. Your conributions help us continue to be a leading force in music education and presentation. Your generosity made it possible for 4,000 students and 50,000 audience members to have music in their lives, and we are deeply grateful. As 2018 winds to a clos…

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Meet Satchel - Guitarist, Composer & Special Music School Student

If you love music, you'll be inspired by this story! This past year, all of Special Music School High School graduates got into college. Students like Satchel will only continue to find success with your support. Satchel commutes to Special Music School from Hamilton Heights. He started his musical journey at age six, playing in rock bands and even sharing the stage wi…

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