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View Photos of Lucy Moses School Faculty in Concert

Members of Lucy Moses School's acclaimed faculty performed a variety of chamber music, including pieces written by our composition faculty, in Merkin Concert Hall on January 30. The concert featured Mary Barto, Roni Ben-Hur, Julia Bruskin, Sage Cole, Susan Friedlander, Valerie Holms, Mikyung Kim, Brian Krinke, Hector Martignon, Mara Milkis, Nils Neubert, Morrie Sherry…

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Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Introduces the 2013 Festival PART 1

As we head into the third season of the Ecstatic Music Festival, I'm glad to realize how much has changed since 2010, when I met with Lydia Kontos from Kaufman Music Center to discuss plans for a possible 2011 festival at Merkin Hall.  At that meeting, we threw around a number of ideas, revolving around a basic question that we were attempting to answer: what'…

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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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New York Virtuoso Singers Praised in the New York Times

"Now this is the way for an ensemble to celebrate an anniversary," Writes Anthony Tommasini in a New York Times review of the first of two 25th anniversary concerts New York Virtuoso Singers will perform in Merkin Concert Hall this season. "It takes confidence for an ensemble to put the word 'virtuoso' in its name," Tommasini concludes." The New York Virtuoso Sing…

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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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Get ECSTATICâ„¢ on August 25!

Are you waiting impatiently for next season's Ecstatic Music Festival® concerts to be announced? Get a taste to tide you over on August 25, when Escort & Darcy James Argue's Secret Society perform at the World Financial Center as part of Kaufman Center's ECSTATIC™ Summer series. This series extends the programming mission of the Ecstatic Music Fe…

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Music Education, Broadway Style

Thousands of children in New York have received their first taste of the great Broadway musicals not along the Great White Way, but a little farther uptown at Merkin Concert Hall. They may have sung along to songs from Hello, Dolly or West Side Story, or come on stage to participate in a game inspired by Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Created in 2007, Kaufman Ce…

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New Theater Wing Artist-In-Residence Program

For more than a decade, Kaufman Center’s Theater Wing has developed new shows for its Poppy Seeds Players series through the “Planting New Seeds” commissioning program. This year, the Theater Wing has created a new Artist-in-Residence program. Instead of commissioning a specific work for hire, residencies support artists as they work on their own indepen…

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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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Read a New York Times review of Rhys Chatham and Oneida’s Ecstatic Music Festival Performance!

This past weekend, composer Rhys Chatham teamed up with Brooklyn experimental group Oneida for a collaboration at the Ecstatic Music Festival. The performance was reviewed by Steve Smith in today's New York Times, where Smith remarked, "the bulk of the crowd was transfixed... the effect was undeniably ecstatic." The full review can be read here.

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