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HILARY HAHN & KRONOS QUARTET TO PERFORM AT MUSICAL EVENINGS What could be better than enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and phenomenal performances by world-renowned musicians in a beautiful private home? When you attend a Musical Evening, you help make it possible for the children at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, a public school for musica…

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Alumni Profile: Vitaly Paley

What does Debussy have to do with pan roasted oysters served with sea urchin butter? The path from piano prodigy to “Iron Chef” may seem unusual, but it makes perfect sense to Vitaly Paley, an accomplished pianist and award-winning chef and restaurateur widely recognized as a trailblazer in the American culinary scene. Vitaly, an alumnus of Kaufman Music Cente…

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Teen Pianist Finds His Russian Roots

He was blown away by the immensity of Red Square, and a bit perplexed by the Lenin Mausoleum, but what astonished Alexander Kiladze most of all during his recent trip to Moscow was all the young performers. “It was just so amazing to see so much talent from all over the world in one place,” says the 17-year-old pianist. “I never expected young people to …

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New Partnership with Opus 118 Benefits East Harlem Children

This fall, New York City music education nonprofits Kaufman Music Center and Opus 118 Harlem School of Music launched a new partnership ensuring the continuation of Opus 118’s music education programs for children in East Harlem. Kaufman Music Center, New York City's premier pre-college music education institution, will lend its management expertise and other re…

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Young String Players Inspire Each Other at String Fest

Every August, talented and enthusiastic young violinists, violists and cellists come together at Kaufman Music Center for an intensive week of lessons, sectionals and chamber orchestra instruction that culminates in a final performance in Merkin Concert Hall. Lynelle Smith, the program’s Artistic Coordinator, explains that for her, the music drives the whole process…

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A New High School for 21st Century Musicians

Fall is a busy season for New York City eighth graders and their families, who must navigate an intimidating list of high schools, complex admissions procedures and intense competition for spots in the city’s top high schools. Starting this year, teens who are serious about studying music have a new option: In the fall of 2013, Kaufman Music Center’s Special M…

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2013 Ecstatic Music Festival Lineup Announced

Kaufman Center's Ecstatic Music Festival® returns this winter with more than 120 composers and performers from diverse musical backgrounds coming together for 11 utterly unique and highly original collaborative performances. The festival's musicians – soloists, bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and everything in between – hail from diverse music…

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Hurricane Sandy School Makeup Days

STATEMENT BY CHANCELLOR DENNIS M. WALCOTT, CSA PRESIDENT ERNEST LOGAN, AND UFT PRESIDENT MICHAEL MULGREW "We are pleased that the City, the CSA and the UFT reached an agreement on making up school days lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Teachers, principals, and the school community made an extraordinary effort to get our schools back online after the storm, and by work…

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Forget Black Friday - November 27 is Giving Tuesday!

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? Kaufman Center is participating in the first annual #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2012. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. You c…

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