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Q&A with Taj Graves-Parker, Trombonist and Kaufman Music Center Student

“When I was in 3rd grade I knew I wanted to do music for the rest of my life.” At age 17, Taj Graves-Parker is already a seasoned musician who first took up the trombone in third grade. A lifelong Bronx resident and a student at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) since 6th grade, she’s now a high school senior juggling homework…

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Q&A with Adrianna Mateo, Singer-Songwriter, Actress & Educator

Solo violinist, alt-pop artist, singer-songwriter and actress Adrianna Mateo (New Amsterdam Records) has worked with Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music teen new music ensemble as a coach, conductor and concertmaster. This fall, she led Face the Music’s first four-week songwriting masterclass. She shared her thoughts on teaching songwriting, mentorship, and…

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Face the Music & Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Rubin Museum

Rhythms of India Fri, Apr 12, 7 pm at The Rubin Museum of Art Get tickets on the Rubin web site. The dynamic artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive teams up with Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music for an evening inspired by South Asian classical music. The program includes selections from “Passages,” the classic album of works composed by…

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Q&A with Helga Davis

Vocalist and WQXR host Helga Davis tells us about Yet Unheard, the piece she’ll perform with a chamber orchestra and singers from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music teen new music program at National Sawdust on February 11. Written by composer Courtney Bryan and poet Sharan Strange, it was inspired by the tragic death of Sandra Bland, the young…

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Fun Harp Facts

Support our musical home. Kaufman Music Center needs your help to keep transforming lives through music. Please support the Music Lives Forever: Kaufman Relief Fund, or sign up to participate in our Day of Musical Action on June 1. Discover something new about the harp! The harp is believed to have existed since 15,000 BC, making it one of the oldest…

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Laura Kaminsky Celebrates Her Friendship with Only at Merkin Performer Ursula Oppens

THREE INTIMATE EVENINGS OF CONVERSATION AND PERFORMANCE. Kaufman Music Center's brand new series, Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight, begins Sat, Feb 2, with a 75th Birthday Tribute to Ursula Oppens. Featuring WQXR's Terrance McKnight, renowned pianist Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet.  The program includes the world premiere of Laura…

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Mentoring 21st Century Musicians in a Unique Musical Ecosystem

“Some of the most important things I can do as the leader of Kaufman Music Center are to give our students strong mentors and role models, and the opportunity to play music that really resonates with them. Our dual mission, which encompasses both education programs and Merkin Hall presentations, gives rise to mutually beneficial relationships between the artists on…

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Special Music School High School Cabaret Performance

Thu, Feb 14, 6 pm Special Music School High School (122 Amsterdam Ave.), Black Box Theater This Valentine's Day, vocal virtuosos from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School perform romantic songs from the American Songbook. This light, fun evening of musical theater classics is presented by students in SMS's Vocal Concentration Program. Special…

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Thank You to Our Generous Supporters!

Thank you to our generous friends! This past holiday season, 139 people made donations to Kaufman Music Center, helping us raise $225,768 during the year-end giving season. These gifts will go to work immediately to help our music presentation and education programs thrive. The 2019 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall has begun, and the brand new series Only at Merkin…

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Face the Music & Mazz Swift with International Contemporary Ensemble at Roulette

Mon, Jan 14, 7 pm at Roulette Face the Music performs with the artist collective hailed as “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross) and “the new gold standard for new-music” (The New Yorker). They will perform works by Mazz Swift following a residency with the vocalist, composer and Juilliard-trained violinist. The program includes two…

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