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Photos: Songwriting Legend Desmond Child Shares His Craft with SMS High School Students

Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child (above with KMC Executive Director Kate Sheeran) is one of music’s most accomplished hitmakers, with credits appearing on more than 80 Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For…

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Meet Naveah, Vocalist & Special Music School High School Sophomore

Naveah, age 15, is a sophomore majoring in vocal performance at Special Music School High School. She lives in the Bronx with her mother, sister, and grandmother. After struggling to find her place in middle school, Naveah was thrilled to join the Special Music School community. She says, “I think SMS has shaped me to be more outgoing, have more of a drive to push…

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Meet Kevin, Vocalist & Special Music School High School Student

“Come here and see how happy people are, and how invigorated students are by the community and opportunities to showcase and broadcast their work. Programs like Cover Me, choir, and orchestra - and all these different things acting in unison together - is so beautiful to watch. I think it’s cool.”  – Kevin Kevin, age 15, is a sophomore majoring…

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“Transformation” Illuminates Kaufman Music Center’s 2019-20 Season

At Kaufman Music Center, we see music opening doors and transforming lives every day – through lessons that ignite a lifelong passion, deeply inspiring performances, or an opportunity to connect artistically and personally with others. That’s why we’ve chosen “Transformation” as the theme for our 2019-20 season. This motif runs through the new…

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Joshua Bell & Alessio Bax Performance Raises Funds for Special Music School

On October 23, the renowned violinist Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, joined the acclaimed pianist Alessio Bax for a performance in Merkin Hall benefiting the music education program at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (SMS). The only K-12 public school in the U.S. that teaches music as a core subject, SMS is a unique…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

Luna Composition Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming composers” – The New Yorker The 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab Fellows range in age from 13 to 17 and hail from all over the U.S., including Springfield, MO; Louisville, KY; Pasadena, CA; Los Altos, CA; and…

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John Glover Named Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center

The accomplished composer, producer, curator and arts administrator John Glover has been named Director of Artistic Planning at NYC’s Kaufman Music Center. Vice President and Director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's DiMenna Center for Classical Music since 2013, Glover is Artistic Director of the Look+Listen Festival and has produced numerous new music festivals…

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Q&A with Broadway Stars Rebecca Luker & Sally Wilfert

Broadway stars and “Broadway Close Up” series audience favorites Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert talk about their two-woman show “All the Girls” – coming to Merkin Hall on September 23! – and reveal what it’s like to create a show with your best friend! What inspired you to create “All the Girls”? Sally: In the fall of…

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Valentina Derolph Gives Us the Inside Story on the Summer Musical Theater Workshop

Lucy Moses School student Valentina Derolph has been very busy learning songs and practicing her lines for this year’s Summer Musical Workshop (SMTW) performances in Merkin Hall. A seasoned SMTW veteran at age seven-and-a-half, she played a villager in the musical “Appelmando’s Dream” last year; this year she took the stage as a hunter’s child…

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LMS Pianist Ben Sloane on Re-connecting with Music After Retirement

For Ben Sloane, Retirement Is the Perfect Time to Re-Connect with Music “I’m surprised that I’m playing better now than I did as a kid. I feel good about that.” Decades ago, Ben Sloane faced a problem shared by many musicians: How to balance music with the demands of career and family? A professional pianist who often toured with national…

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