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Meet Sophia Shao, Composer & Special Music School 7th Grader

January 5, 2021 You'll definitely be hearing more about this young songwriter in years to come! Watch composer and Special Music School 7th grader Sophia Shao perform her new song, "Friend," and learn about her inspiring artistic journey so far. Hi! I’m Sophia, and I’m in seventh grade at Special Music School. I’ve been studying piano at SMS since…

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Composer Portrait: Isabella Carucci

“A live performance is so magical – it gives audiences a safe space for digesting emotions and grief, inspiring empathy and motivation.” 17-year-old flutist, composer and Face the Music member Isabella Carucci shares her composition process, her inspiration for writing music, and what she hopes we’ll take away from her new piece, which will be…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces New Board of Trustees Leadership

The Board Elects Orli Shaham, Chair & Shahriar Rafimayeri, President New Trustees Nikki Renée Daniels, Nathalie Joachim and Daniel Kaufman are welcomed to the Board.         Above: Orli Shaham, Shahriar Rafimayeri, Nikki Renée Daniels and Nathalie Joachim On November 11, the Kaufman Music Center (KMC) Board of Trustees voted to elect…

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Announcing the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

Luna Composition Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming composers” – The New Yorker Meet the Fellows The six teens selected as the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows range in age from 14 to 17 and hail from New York City, Los Angeles and Harrisonburg, VA. They…

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

BROADCAST FROM HOME A 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. Broadcast from Home Listening Events Thursday, August 20 & Friday August 21, 2 pm ET (FREE) Streamed here and on Kaufman Music…

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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…

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Community Updates Related to COVID-19

Plan for Fall 2020 Over the course of the past several months, our community has been involved in a process of reimagining our programming with the goal of continuing to connect through the arts and deliver excellent educational experiences in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the new concert season and school year at Kaufman Music Center, health and…

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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…

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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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