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Broadcast from Home - New Partnership with Kaufman Music Center & Composer Lisa Bielawa

BROADCAST FROM HOME A new large-scale musical work with a call for testimonies in response to the isolation of sheltering in place, social distancing and quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis.  This project was featured by NPR. Submit Your Story & Listen to Chapters Broadcast from Home is a new musical work from composer, vocalist and producer Lisa Biel…

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KMC Online Encores

Tune in to Kaufman Music Center's social channels, where we’ll be posting Online Encores, some of our favorite moments from the current season's performances. Listen to KMC Executive Director Kate Sheeran discuss Online Encores with WWFM's Rachel Katz. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to watch highlights from Ecstatic Music, Broadway C…

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Community Updates Related to COVID-19

Kaufman Music Center needs your help to continue transforming lives through music! We’re facing significant financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. Due to public safety concerns, the remainder of our 2019-20 Merkin Hall season was suspended, and we've moved lessons and music, dance and theater classes online for almost 3,000 students. We’ve&…

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Ballet is the Perfect Recipe for “A Happy Head on a Strong Body”

Larissa, a 74-year-old Adult Division ballet student at Lucy Moses School, shares her experience: “The great benefit of taking ballet at my age is that it teaches me how to keep my body erect and maintain my balance properly. "Our teacher Parsla Vintere is particular about having us use the proper muscles to support our bodies both in static positions as well as…

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Flutist Carol Wincenc on Her World Premieres of New Works by Robert Sirota & Sato Matsui

On February 23 at Merkin Hall, “Queen of the Flute” (New York Magazine) Carol Wincenc will celebrate her 50-year career with the world premiere performances of two of five new works commissioned for the season: Sato Matsui’s The Goldenrod Sonata for flute and piano, and Robert Sirota’s Dancing With the Angels for flute, viola and harp. The program a…

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Access & Opportunity in the Classical Music World

In his recent article in Gothamist, “What the Death of a Manhattan Music School Says About Opportunity in The Classical World,” James Bennett II laments the imminent closing of the beloved Turtle Bay Music School and notes that opportunities for children to discover and explore their musical talent are too frequently a function of their families’ income. …

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Photos: Songwriting Legend Desmond Child Shares His Craft with SMS High School Students

Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child (above with KMC Executive Director Kate Sheeran) is one of music’s most accomplished hitmakers, with credits appearing on more than 80 Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin&…

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Meet Naveah, Vocalist & Special Music School High School Sophomore

Naveah, age 15, is a sophomore majoring in vocal performance at Special Music School High School. She lives in the Bronx with her mother, sister, and grandmother. After struggling to find her place in middle school, Naveah was thrilled to join the Special Music School community. She says, “I think SMS has shaped me to be more outgoing, have more of a drive to push my…

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Meet Kevin, Vocalist & Special Music School High School Student

“Come here and see how happy people are, and how invigorated students are by the community and opportunities to showcase and broadcast their work. Programs like Cover Me, choir, and orchestra - and all these different things acting in unison together - is so beautiful to watch. I think it’s cool.”  – Kevin Kevin, age 15, is a sophomore majoring…

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“Transformation” Illuminates Kaufman Music Center’s 2019-20 Season

At Kaufman Music Center, we see music opening doors and transforming lives every day – through lessons that ignite a lifelong passion, deeply inspiring performances, or an opportunity to connect artistically and personally with others. That’s why we’ve chosen “Transformation” as the theme for our 2019-20 season. This motif runs through the new…

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