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See Photos & Video from the 2012 Summer String Fest!

Kaufman Center's 2012 Summer String Fest concluded on August 17 with a rousing final concert in Merkin Concert Hall with works by Copland, Schubert, Barber, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. Directed by Lynelle Smith, the instensive week-long program for kids age 10-19 includes private lessons along with chamber orchestra and sectional instruction. View photos from String…

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Theater Wing Director Sean Hartley’s New Musical Reviewed in the New York Times!

Kaufman Center's Theater Wing Director Sean Hartley's new musical, "Love and Real Estate," premiered at 59E59's Summer Shorts Festival this past weekend, and the New York Times was on hand to provide a glowing review. Of the show, Daniel M. Gold writes, "The biggest [payoff] comes in 'Love and Real Estate,' a Manhattanized 'Three Little Pigs' m…

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Kaufman Center Announces International Youth Piano Competition

In June of 2013, Kaufman Center will inaugurate its first annual International Youth Piano Competition. Open to young pianists between the ages of 7 and 17, the competition will award cash prizes and give winners the opportunity to perform in the Winners Showcase Concert in New York’s prestigious Merkin Concert Hall. Participants will compete in three age categories…

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See Photos from ChamberFest on 5/20!

On May 20, student ensembles from Lucy Moses School and Special Music School performed chamber works in Merkin Concert Hall. View photos from the event here:

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See Photos from Friday’s Spring Showcase!

This past Friday, students from Kaufman Center's Young Artist Program and Special Music School  presented a Spring Showcase in Merkin Concert Hall.  View photos from the event here:

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ComposerCraft Students to Premiere Works at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 19

On Saturday, May 19 at 1 pm, the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble will perform works composed by ComposerCraft students from Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School: Paris Lavidis, Mai Brown, Abe Gold, Zachary Detrick, Sofia Belimova and Kyrie McIntosh at downtown performance venue (Le) Poisson Rouge, as part of 2012…

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Special Music School Expansion

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Kaufman Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) will expand into the high school grades at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex on New York City’s Upper West Side, with a music curriculum that emphasizes the development of the student as a musician for the 21st century. With the establishment of the high school extens…

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Special Music School Student Notes - Spring 2012

Members of the SMS Vox Nova choral group directed by Emily John took part in a performance of Wagner’s Rienzi with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in January. Read a New York Times review.   Kaufman Center Concerto Competition winners Ethan Brown (Cello, 8th grade) and Alissa Mori (Violin, 8th grade) performed with a …

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Spaces still available in Lucy Moses School’s Summer String Fest!

For children looking for a perfect way to hone their string skills this summer, registration for Lucy Moses School's Summer String Fest is currently open! The program features chamber orchestra and sectional group instruction, and will culminate with a performance in Merkin Concert Hall on Friday, August 17th. For more information, call 212-501-3360.

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Kaufman Center’s Face the Music Teen Ensemble is Featured in the NY Times!

"At first glance the ensemble setting up in a fifth-floor classroom at the Kaufman Center on West 67th Street in Manhattan seems like any other student group and exactly what you would expect to find in a building that houses two music schools and Merkin Concert Hall," writes Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. "Teenage string and brass players tune their instruments…

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