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What Makes it Great?

Hear musical masterpieces with new ears!

What Makes It Great? host Rob Kapilow "is a winning combination of Leonard Bernstein and Bill Nye the Science Guy, an infectiously enthusiastic explainer of the inner mechanical workings of music, that most abstract of all arts."  - New York Times (read the review)

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2021-22 performances explore music by Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Irving Berlin and the Beatles. Featured artists include pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, Harlem Quartet, the Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia and more TBA!

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Watch 2020-21 What Makes It Great? performances on demand!
Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, Kreutzer Sonata and Archduke Trio, plus Stephen Sondheim.