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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! 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 Irreversible En…

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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 last month 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 sha…

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A New Way to Give!

You asked, and we listened! Kaufman Music Center is pleased to announce the switch to a new and improved online giving platform. Now it’s easier than ever to support Kaufman Music Center online. From our new, easy-to-use page, you can select the program you’d like to support, and even establish an automatic monthly gift. In addition, donations dedicated in hono…

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Meet Maya Fortune, Violinist & Special Music School Alumna

Maya Fortune is a Special Music School alumna from the Upper West Side. As a child, Maya loved to play with her aunt’s full-size violin, which inspired her to begin studying the instrument when she was five years old. During her time at SMS, Maya was very involved in school ensembles and music classes as well as Face the Music. She says that SMS inspired he…

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Meet Deandre Desir, Tubist & Recent Graduate of Special Music School

Deandre Desir is a recent graduate of Special Music School, where he studied the tuba. He says: "Kaufman Music Center has made me the musician that I am today, without a doubt." Though Deandre was first introduced to music through piano lessons when he was younger, it was Special Music School that identified his aptitude as a brass player and suggested he explore…

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Meet Margaret Olko, Vocalist & Special Music School 12th Grader

Margaret Olko is a rising senior at Special Music School, where she is a vocal major and student leader. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her family immigrated to the US from Poland, and she speaks fluent Polish. Though Margaret played piano when she was younger, she became passionate about music when she began singing with her church choir when she was 11. At SMS, …

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September Holiday Closures

Kaufman Music Center and its divisions will be closed for holidays on the following days in September. Kaufman Music Center Offices Closed Mon, Sep 3 - Labor Day Closed Mon, Sep 10 & Tue, Sep 11 - Rosh Hashanah Closed Wed, Sep 19 - Yom Kippur Closed Mon, Sep 24 & Tue, Sep 25 - Succoth Closed Mon, Oct 1 - Shemini Atzeret Closed Tue, Oct 2 - Simchas Torah Lucy Moses …

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Meet William Belfor, Oboist & Special Music School 11th Grader

Rising 11th grader William Belfor's musical journey began when he started piano lessons in kindergarten, but his passion for music truly blossomed in middle school when he discovered the oboe. Through his hard work and consistent practice, he found himself auditioning and being accepted into Special Music School High School, only six months after learning this new…

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Meet Pianist & Special Music School Graduate Chanel Wang

Chanel Wang is a recent graduate of Special Music School High School. She has been studying piano since she was three and has practiced every day since! Chanel began to perform competitively at age four, giving her first solo recital when she was just six years old. She transferred to SMS in high school so she could have a quality music education that could take her t…

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