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      Winter 2008-09
                IN HARMONY
                 Kaufman Center Newsletter

                 Amstel Quartet

                 TOMORROW’S STARS TODAY
                 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE
                 AN “EMERGING ARTIST”?

                        or seven Tuesday afternoons during the 2008-09
                        season, Kaufman Center presents rising classical
                        music stars at Merkin Concert Hall. Tuesday
                 Matinees—Kaufman Center’s longest-running series—
                 demonstrates Kaufman Center’s dual commitment
                 to arts education and performance. Through this series,
                 it helps to foster the careers of these “emerging artists”
                 and bridge the gap between their formal education and
                 their lives in performance.
                 So, what does it mean to be an “emerging artist?”
                 Most often linked with youth, the term actually defines a
                 position in an artist’s career and does not necessarily refer
                 to age. Merkin Concert Hall Director Gregory Evans explains,
                 “ ‘Emerging’ refers to artists or ensembles who are well
                 regarded in the industry, having won awards and received
                 ‘inside’ acclaim, but who lack wider public recognition.”
                 For such artists, there are certain milestones on the
                 performance trail through which they garner acclaim,
                 such as the opportunity to perform in the Tuesday Matinees
                 series. Through this series Kaufman Center presents
                 seven solo artists or ensembles annually, exposing each
                 to enthusiastic audiences and, often, to important critical
                 Launched in the 1981–82 season, Tuesday Matinees
                 found its current focus on emerging artists under former
                 Merkin Concert Hall Director Vicki Margulies in the
                 1990s. Margulies explains, “I’ve always been dazzled by
                 the excellence of young artists coming up, and I wanted
                 to find a way to support them. Tuesday Matinees seemed
                 a brilliant way to let artists benefit from an opportunity to
                 play in New York City. I also saw the series as a way to
                 treat audiences to great performances.” Margulies is now
                 Artist Manager for Young Concert Artists (YCA), one of
                 the leading organizations dedicated to discovering and
                 launching the careers of exceptional musicians from
                 around the world.
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                  TOMORROW’S STARS TODAY                                                                     OMER AVITAL’S
                  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE                                                                    MIDDLE EASTERN AFRO-JEWISH
                  AN “EMERGING ARTIST”?                                                                      BLEND OF CHAMBER JAZZ
                                                                                                             Coming to Merkin Concert Hall on January 10
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                  Presentation on a stage as prestigious as Merkin Hall can open doors to other
                  venues. Just how an artist gets invited to perform on the series varies according
                  to genre. Explains Evans, “For soloists, I generally take cues from the main young
                  artist competitions––YCA, Concert Artists Guild or Astral Artist; for ensembles I look
                  for groups whose individual artists are also established performers. Additionally,
                  I try to create an overall balance of different instruments and sounds each season,
                  mixing piano and violin soloists or string quartets with the less expected, such as
                  a marimba soloist or a saxophone quartet.” In this way, Merkin Hall plays curator,
                  offering a quality selection each season from the many available options.
                  As artists garner more acclaim they perform at increasingly bigger venues for
                  increasingly larger audiences. While this exposure is exciting, there is something
                  about the warmth, accessibility and acoustical quality of Merkin Hall that artists
                  often miss, and which often calls them back. The Brentano String Quartet played
                  in the Tuesday Matinees series at the beginning of its career. By the time they were
                  performing at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere, they still craved the experience of
                  performing at Merkin Hall and the close connection they found with their audience.
                  Says mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, a 2008-09 Tuesday Matinees artist, “A singer
                  could not imagine a more perfect space . . . like a living room and recital hall in one.
                  Merkin provides another arena to explore my hopes artistically, to be adventurous and
                  uninhibited. Any and every chance to be on the stage brings necessary training that
                  can happen no other way.”
                  For the audience, the chance to see artists in such an intimate setting is a unique
                  advantage. Explains one audience member, “I come because this series always
                  presents wonderful young people, it’s affordable and, of course, because it’s a good
                  time.” The enthusiasm of the artists is palpable in the performances. A young listener
                  shared, “I came today for the pianist. He has so much warmth and understands the
                  music so well. For him it’s not about showing off.”
                  For these artists it’s not about showing off. Tuesday Matinees is a celebration—of
                  talent, of opportunity and of things to come. In the words of one longtime subscriber,     Omer Avital, Ryan Cohan
                  “it’s one of the great secret bargains in New York!”

                                                                                                                   o say that the music of Israeli composer, arranger and bassist Omer Avital is
                                                                                                                   “Middle Eastern” is limiting. Although he grew up in Israel, both his ethnic
                                                                                                                   background (Yemeni and Moroccan) and his current home (New York) factor
                                                                                                             prominently in the curious diversity of his sound. Avital’s compositions for his new
                                                                                                             ensemble, the Omer Avital Ensemble, draw on elements as diverse as the Judeo-Arabic
                                                                                                             music of Spain, tribal music of North Africa and the European classical tradition.
                                                                                                             Avital came to music as a child while studying classical guitar at a conservatory in
                                                                                                             Israel. In high school he fell in love with jazz––with both its free spirit and improvisa-
                                                                                                             tional challenge. He began experimenting with other instruments, eventually settling
                                                                                                             on the upright bass as his primary outlet. He continued to study classical composition
                                                                                                             and spent most of his time inventing jazz pieces.
                                                                                                             Then he moved to New York while in his twenties. “This is where my real growth as a
                                                                                                             musician happened,” explained Avital recently. “I met people from so many different
                                                                                                             backgrounds who knew where they came from and embraced different traditions.
                                                                                                             It made me realize for the first time that I had my own background, and that I was
                                                                                                             influenced by it. These things are taken for granted until you have a context in which
                                                                                                             to put them.”
                                                                                                             On January 10, Avital will premiere Song of A Land: Middle Eastern-Afro-Jewish
                                                                                                             Music at Merkin Concert Hall in what will also be the debut performance of his new
                                                                                                             ensemble. Song of A Land will feature 12 musicians ranging from a string quartet to
                                                                                                             an Israeli pianist to a Turkish clarinetist to Israeli saxophone and trumpet players and
                                                                                                                                                             Avital on bass and oud (a pear-shaped
                                                                                                               Join us for this Musically Speaking           Middle Eastern stringed instrument that
                                                                                                               series concert. Tickets are $30               looks like a guitar). Avital describes Song
                                                                                                               ($20 for members), available at               of A Land as “sort of classical in that it has
                                                                                                      or 212 501 3330.           a formal structure . . . it is an evening of
                                                                                                                                                             music––a collection of stories that are all
                                                                                                             connected, and which all represent my life.” The piece opens with an introduction
                                                                                                             followed by an Israeli-Jewish meditation on themes, a lamentation and various other
                                                                                                             “stories” (Andalusian, Moroccan and Yemeni in nature) before ending with a festive
                                                                                                             North African/Middle Eastern rhythm sequence that he calls “tribal desert music.”
                  Alturas Duo                                                                                Some of the piece is composed and much is improvised, though Avital hopes to blur
                                                                                                             the line between the two.
                                                                                                             Avital shares the bill with Chicago-based pianist Ryan Cohan and his band, who
                   Join us for the next Tuesday Matinees performance on December 16, featuring the           will, by contrast, present original compositions steeped in swing from Cohan’s native
                   Alturas Duo playing South American and classical music in the unusual combination         Chicago––the City of Big Shoulders. The evening is appropriately titled Mideast
                   of the viola, charango and guitar. Tickets are available at 212 501 3330 or online        Meets Midwest.
                                                                                                             This concert has been partially underwritten by                                   .

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                  NEW GIFT                                                                                       MAKE YOUR GIFT BEFORE
                  FUNDS PIANOS                                                                                   DECEMBER 31

                         hanks to a generous $1 million gift from William and Karen Ackman and the
                         Pershing Square Foundation, Kaufman Center has been able to purchase 19
                         new Steinway and Boston pianos for its studios and classrooms. A mixture of
                  uprights and grands, the pianos started arriving at Goodman House on October 22
                  and are a welcome addition to the extensive resources available to the center’s
                  students and faculty. Executive Director Lydia Kontos says, “I am very excited about
                  this gift, which benefits the Kaufman community enormously and will have a positive
                  impact on our future as a great center of learning and performance.” The gift will
                  also be used to refurbish three of Kaufman Center’s currently-owned pianos as well as
                  to strengthen the brass and wind program at Lucy Moses School with new instruments.
                  For the first time, some of these pianos and other instruments will be available to
                  students through a new loan program made possible by this gift.

                                                                                                                 Cynthia Espiritusanto attends the P 161 Suzuki outreach program at Kaufman Center

                                                                                                                            hen you make a donation to Kaufman Center you contribute to the future
                                                                                                                            of the performing arts in New York City. The Center is a one-of-a-kind
                                                                                                                            combination of a vibrant performance venue with two dynamic schools where
                                                                                                                 people of all ages come to enhance their understanding and appreciation of music
                                                                                                                 and other performing arts. By making a gift to the Annual Fund, you help ensure the
                                                                                                                 Center’s ability to provide scholarships to disadvantaged children in the Lucy Moses
                                                                                                                 School, a top-notch music education to the gifted students in the Special Music
                                                                                                                 School, and innovative music presentations for concert-goers in Merkin Concert Hall.
                                                                                                                 Gifts of every level are deeply appreciated, and gifts made by December 31 are
                                                                                                                 eligible for deductions on your 2008 taxes.

                  Kaufman Center’s Kathy Hubbard and Igal Kesselman with Bethany Rose from Steinway & Sons

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                  A DALCROZE EDUCATION:
                  HOLISTIC TRAINING FOR
                  COMPLETE MUSICIANS

                  Dalcroze Eurythmics Class                                                                         Anne Farber with Dalcroze student Shala Atlas performing a canon exercise

                  “One does not learn in this Dalcroze method by                    By 1914, the Dalcroze philosophy had spread to New                 Canada and throughout the United States gathered for
                  imitation of the instructor . . . it is an inner harmony          York, and the New York Times featured the program                  two two-week sessions. Typical adult Dalcroze students are
                  working outward; it is not a mere matter of memory.”              in a lengthy article that referred to Dalcroze as, “that           parents, musicians, actors, dancers or educators––some of
                  –– New York Times, January 25, 1914                               famous method of ‘rhythmical gymnastics,’ or, better,              whom want to incorporate Dalcroze into their teaching
                                                                                    of ‘eurhythmics,’ which has set five European countries             methods for other subjects. Said one teacher who attended
                  If you think about music as a language, then each                 all agog.” Today the Dalcroze School of New York is                the summer intensive, “This course gave me a completely
                  musical phrase is an event of tones and beats, much like          integrated with LMS, where Dalcroze is a signature                 different perspective on teaching music, so much so that
                  words and syllables. And when we put our spoken words             program.                                                           I wonder why some Dalcroze techniques are not more
                  into a song, we will likely find ourselves nodding our                                                                                widely used.” Another student noted, “The improvisation
                                                                                    Primarily, Dalcroze is used to teach music theory, which
                  heads, tapping our toes or clapping our hands. This is our                                                                           was great. I learned more about modes in the first three
                                                                                    is traditionally learned from books, demonstrations and
                  innate physical response to music––movement––and it is                                                                               days than I did in seven years of music school.” Some
                                                                                    note taking. By contrast, the Dalcroze approach makes
                  also the basis for a highly innovative approach to teaching                                                                          educators are seeking Dalcroze certification at the Certificate
                                                                                    use of the body as an entrée to the mind. A Dalcroze
                  music that is called Dalcroze Eurhythmics. On a recent                                                                               and License levels, towards which teacher training at
                                                                                    lesson is physical, interactive, intuitive and improvisatory.
                  Wednesday morning, Dalcroze master teacher Anne Farber                                                                               LMS can be applied.
                                                                                    Says Farber, “You don’t have to know theory to be a
                  demonstrated rhythm for a group of young students at
                                                                                    musician, but if you have a theory background you know             In addition to the many Dalcroze classes offered to young
                  Lucy Moses School (LMS).
                                                                                    how to talk to other people—and yourself—about music.”             people and adults through LMS, Kaufman Center has
                  “Let’s think of the beats as if they were the names of            One of the interesting things about Dalcroze is that there         incorporated the Dalcroze method elsewhere in creative
                  months,” explained Farber. And while clapping hands in            is no set curriculum. There is an overall philosophy, and          ways. First year Suzuki violin classes include a Dalcroze
                  time, she said:                                                   there are universal principles or goals, primary subject           component that was specifically structured/tailored to
                  Jan—u—ar—y                                                        areas (such as “beat,” “phrase” or ”dynamics”), practices          enhance the curriculum of the Suzuki method. And the
                  Feb—ru—ar—y                                                       (such as “quick reaction,” “canon” or “follow”) and                Center believes so strongly in the connection between
                  March                                                             teaching sequences (as in the above example, where                 music study and Dalcroze that, at LMS, full Suzuki students
                  A—pril                                                            tempo is taught using the rhythmic pattern of words).              can take a Dalcroze course free of charge, and private
                                                                                                                                                       lesson students can enroll at a significant discount. The
                                                                                    Outside of these guidelines, the class experience is
                  This translates in musical terms to:                                                                                                 music theory component for SMS students in grades K–8
                                                                                    determined by the style of the instructor. And while the
                  1—2—3—4                                                                                                                              is also based on Dalcroze. In fact, Farber, Hartley and
                                                                                    specific teaching sequences may vary by age group, the
                  1—2—3—4                                                                                                                              some of Kaufman Center’s other Dalcroze teachers––
                                                                                    basic elements are the same. For example, Farber often
                  1                                                                                                                                    Cynthia Lilley and Eric Barnhill––are working together to
                                                                                    uses the xylophone to demonstrate concepts in class.
                  1—2                                                                                                                                  document the curriculum for the SMS. For a discipline that
                                                                                    Sean Hartley, Director of Kaufman Center’s Theater Wing
                                                                                                                                                       has no set curriculum, this will be a first for the Dalcroze
                  Such begins a typical lesson in Dalcroze––a unique and            and the LMS Dalcroze program for children, sometimes
                                                                                                                                                       method. Says Farber, “It’s important that as students move
                  powerful way to cultivate musical awareness by coordinating       incorporates storytelling into his lessons. Explains Hartley,
                                                                                                                                                       up through the grades and work with different teachers,
                  ear, mind and body––which has become central to the               “I often choose a story––like the classic The Poky Little
                                                                                                                                                       they encounter a consistent approach, common terms and
                  music programs at both LMS and the Special Music School           Puppy—and use it to teach basic rhythmic concepts such
                                                                                                                                                       a shared understanding of how music works.”
                  (SMS). With teaching rooted in movement and creativity,           as ‘fast’ and ‘slow’. Students do exercises as if they were
                  “Dalcroze helps people of all ages connect to music more          the Poky Little Puppy, moving fast, then slow, etc. I find          As part of its commitment to Dalcroze, LMS has partnered
                  deeply and more skillfully,” explains Farber, who is the          that giving students images and characters frees up their          with Hunter College so that graduate students in education
                  director of the Dalcroze School at LMS and is on the faculty      movement and helps them to improvise.”                             can receive credit for Dalcroze courses they take at LMS.
                  of both LMS and SMS.                                                                                                                 Students from these classes are also given the opportunity
                                                                                    In many ways, Dalcroze is naturally compatible with
                                                                                                                                                       to student teach with master teachers at Kaufman Center,
                  The Dalcroze approach to music education originated               the study of theater. Says Hartley, “Through physical
                                                                                                                                                       which allows students to benefit from an even smaller
                  with the Swiss-French composer and educator Emile                 movement and the expression of emotion, it shares a
                                                                                                                                                       student/teacher ratio.
                  Jaques-Dalcroze, who observed that even students who              close relationship to acting. Dalcroze begins with the
                  have severe trouble understanding rhythmic passages in            body and is hands-on and immediate; intellectual                   The value of Dalcroze instruction is limitless, and there
                  their music studies are naturally rhythmic in daily activities,   understanding and reflection come after the physical                is ample room for growth in its application at Kaufman
                  such as walking. As a result, Dalcroze theorized that             experience.”                                                       Center (current ideas include expansion of the teacher
                  students could best be taught rhythm through exercises                                                                               training program). But is Dalcroze for everyone?
                                                                                    For adults, Dalcroze can be a way to interact with others
                  that would tap into their inner sense of movement. He                                                                                “Absolutely!” says Anne Farber.
                                                                                    that is unlike any other experience in their lives. Through
                  collaborated with, and in some cases taught, major artistic
                                                                                    nonverbal communication (e.g., physical gestures),
                  and avant-garde figures of his day–– Stanislavski,
                                                                                    students respond to musical concepts individually, with              Register now for Spring 2009 Dalcroze programs
                  Rachmaninov, Nijinsky and Milhaud among them. Dalcroze
                                                                                    partners and in groups. “My body became my instrument,”              and other LMS classes. Visit
                  ultimately founded his own school near Dresden, Germany
                                                                                    described one adult who attended the 2008 Summer                     moses-school or call 212 501 3360 for information.
                  in 1910. With the advent of World War I, the school was
                                                                                    Intensive Program, where students from Japan, England,
                  moved to Geneva, where it continues to this day.

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                   CELEBRATING                                                                                                                 A VISIT FROM
                   MUSICAL THEATER                                                                                                             KAUFMAN CENTER
                                                                                                                                               DR. TZIPORA

                                                                                                                                               Executive Director Lydia Kontos (left) greets Founding Director
                                                                                                                                               Dr. Tzipora Jochsberger

                                                                                                                                               Remarkably, Kaufman Center has had only two
                                                                                                                                               executive leaders in its 56-year history. Lydia Kontos
                                                                                                                                               is now in her 23rd year as Executive Director. Her
                                                                                                                                               predecessor, Dr. Tzipora Jochsberger, founded the
                                                                                                                                               organization in 1952 as the Hebrew Arts School.
                                                                                                                                               Kaufman Center is fortunate to have such consistent
                                                                                                                                               and stable leadership and continues to enjoy a close
                                                                                                                                               relationship with Dr. Jochsberger, who traveled from
                                                                                                                                               her home in Jerusalem this fall to see the results of the
                                                                                                                                               recent renovation.
                                                                                                                                               “More than 50 years ago, the Hebrew Arts School
                  Scenes from the 2008 Summer Musical Theater Workshop (SMTW) performance, Voila!                                              for Music and Dance began its activities with only
                                                                                                                                               16 children registered, but even then our goal was
                  Top left: Singing the school song, La Sainte Poubelle, in The Splendid Disturbance, based on one of the Le Petit Nicolas     to become a major arts institution in New York City,”
                  stories by Jean-Jacques Sempé and Rene Goscinny. Front row: (left to right) Siri Danielson, Elka Wade, Fiona Cohen,          said Dr. Jochsberger. “With its splendid Merkin
                  Zuyi Wang, Victoria Rodriguez and Alexandra Eisman. Visible in the second row are Uriel Wiltshire-Clement-Dvorozniak                                                   .S.
                                                                                                                                               Concert Hall, the Special Music School (P 859)
                  and Natasha Hubatsek.                                                                                                        for musically gifted children and Lucy Moses School,
                                                                                                                                               we have more than realized our vision. It is a great
                  Top right: Nicole Flamenbaum and Anna Kopelman, as Moutard and Canard, tell jokes in order to free the Princess              pleasure to be visiting from Jerusalem and to be
                  from the monsters in Monkeys Can Do Anything.                                                                                viewing the magnificent Kaufman Center and all
                                                                                                                                               its activities.“
                  Bottom left: Two monsters, Polymoche and Gogotte (Amalia Baker, left, and Laura Abreu, right) are about to turn
                  Princess Isabelle (Valerie Edelman, center) to stone because she won’t tell them a joke. The scene is from Monkeys Can       A special evening in Dr. Jochsberger’s honor on
                  Do Anything, which was based on Zephir’s Vacation by Laurent de Brunhof (author of the Babar books).                         September 16 included a concert by Lucy Moses and
                                                                                                                                               Special Music School students followed by a dinner
                  Bottom right: In The Secret of Café Chaillot, based on the Giraudoux classic The Madwoman of Chaillot, women gather
                                                                                                                                               with trustees, staff and faculty members who were
                  to gossip (Molly Model, Daniela Krausz, Ilana Naim and Sophie Jackson).
                                                                                                                                               involved during Dr. Jochsberger’s time as Director.
                                                                                                                                               Special Music School student performers included
                                                                                                                                               pianist Yali Levy-Schwartz (kindergarten), flutist Nadira
                                                                                                                                               Navruzov (grade 1) and cellist Jesse Murray (grade
                                                                                                                                               6). Lucy Moses School students included pianist
                                                                                                                                               Aurora Celestin (age 10), violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton
                                                                                                                                               (age 11) and pianist Stella Wong (age 13).


                  Tom Jones sings “Mr. Off Broadway” from Demi Dozen

                  The Broadway Close Up series at Merkin Concert Hall
                  kicked off on October 6 with Karen Ziemba, Estelle
                  Parsons and other Broadway giants performing works
                  by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, who launched their
                  New York careers with the now-legendary musical
                  The Fantasticks. The series continued on November 3
                  with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, and will                                                                           The Merkin Concert Hall season opener celebrated
                  conclude dramatically on December 8 with the ninth                                                                           the 70th birthday of composer Joan Tower, who is
                  annual Broadway Close Up: Bound for Broadway hosted                                                                          shown here accepting the American Music Center’s
                  by Liz Callaway, which will present sneak peeks at some                                                                      Letter of Distinction from Ed Yim, American Music
                  of the best new musicals headed to Broadway.                      Karen Ziemba performing “Flaming Agnes” from I Do! I Do!   Center Board President, on September 6.

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                                                                                       Christina Morrissey (Lucy Moses School Dance faculty)
                  STUDENT NOTES                                                        performed this summer in Maria Sessa’s dance piece please
                                                                                                                                                          In Harmony is published quarterly by
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                                                                                       don’t play it again..., which was presented as part of Six         dedicated to music education and
                  The Kaufman Center student ensemble Face the Music                   Figures Theatre Company’s Futurefest. This fall, Christina         performance. Kaufman Center comprises
                  performed Terry Riley’s In C outdoors last summer as part            performed with Omega Dance Company at the Cathedral of             Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School
                  of the city-wide Make Music NY Festival. This fall they also         St. John the Divine.                                               and Special Music School.
                  played at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, opening for pianist
                  Bruce Brubaker.                                                      A Mother’s Carol, lyrics by Clay Zambo, music by Scott Ethier
                                                                                                                                                          Kaufman Center
                                                                                       (both members of the Lucy Moses School Theater faculty),
                                                                                                                                                          Goodman House
                                                                                       was named a winner of this year’s VocalEssence and
                                                                                                                                                          129 West 67th Street
                                                                                       American Composers Forum carol contest. The carol, for
                                                                                                                                                          New York, NY 10023
                                                                                       mixed chorus and French horn, will receive its premiere by the
                                                                                       120-voice VocalEssence chorus during a series of concerts in
                                                                                                                                                          T 212 501 3303
                                                                                       Minneapolis this December that will be recorded by
                                                                                       Minnesota Public Radio for broadcast through American
                                                                                       Public Radio.
                                                                                       Irina Nuzova (Lucy Moses School piano faculty) will record on      Administration
                                                                                       the Cedille label a program of Russian cello-piano music with      Lydia Kontos, Executive Director
                                                                                       cellist Wendy Warner in Chicago. This winter she will play two     Kathy Hubbard, Director of Administration
                                                                                       concerts for two hands and two pianos in Canada with pianist       Erica Raven, Director of Development
                  Luke Rosen                                                           Anya Alexeyev.                                                     Joan Jastrebski, Director of Marketing
                  Lucy Moses School student Luke Rosen performed the role of                                                                                and Communications
                                                                                       Julia Zilberquit (Special Music School violin faculty) played      Gregory D. Evans, Director, Merkin
                  Young Shlomo this summer in Shlomo: The New Musical at               piano sonatas with Mikhail Simonyan in London at Wigmore
                  the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Shlomo tells the story of Rabbi                                                                          Concert Hall
                                                                                       Hall and in Berlin at Philarmonie Hall. She also performed         Sean Hartley, Director, Theater Wing
                  Shlomo Carlebach, a musical innovator and controversial              solo and chamber music for the Bard Festival at the 92nd
                  personality. At Lucy Moses, Luke studies voice with Shirley                                                                             Igal Kesselman, Director, Lucy Moses School
                                                                                       Street Y in New York.                                              Jenny Undercofler, Music Director,
                  Perkins and piano with Sergei Krivonos; he has also participated
                  in the Musical Theater Workshop and as a Kaufman Kid in                                                                                   Special Music School
                  Poppy Seed Players productions.                                                                                                         Publicity requests should be directed to
                                                                                                                                                          Kim Smith, 718 858 2557 or
                  Special Music School pianist Annaliese Wee (grade 2, student                                                                  
                  of Irina Morozova) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the
                  New York Music Competition.                                                                                                             Edited by Joan Jastrebski and Ivy Newman
                                                                                                                                                          Written by Lizanne Hart and Joan Jastrebski
                  Lucy Moses School/Young Artists Program pianist Stella Wong
                                                                                                                                                          Designed by Christine Zamora, CZ Design
                  (student of Golda Tatz) has been selected as a 2008 Jack Kent
                                                                                                                                                          Printed by Enterprise Press
                  Cooke Scholar. Wong also attended two summer festivals––
                  the Aspen Festival and the Tel Hai Festival in Israel ––where                                                                           Photo Credits: Thomas Giroir (Alturas Duo), Joan
                  she performed.                                                                                                                          Jastrebski (Omer Avital, Joan Tower & Ed Lim, Lydia
                                                                                                                                                          Kontos and Tzipora Jochsberger, Tom Jones, Karen
                  Special Music School pianist Luiko Yoshimoto (grade 11,              Irina Morozova with student Annaliese Wee
                                                                                                                                                          Ziemba), Glen Jussen (Luke Rosen), Joanna Kozek
                  student of Golda Tatz) gave a recital and performed several                                                                             (Ryan Cohan), Marianne La Rochelle (Sarah Cahill),
                                                                                       Irina Morozova (Special Music School piano faculty) visited        Ivy Julease Newman (Summer Music Theater
                  chamber and solo concerts at the International Music
                                                                                       Hong Kong this summer and gave a solo recital and several          Workshops, Dalcroze photos, Christina Morrisey,
                  Academy in Italy.
                                                                                       master classes and teacher workshops. She also released a          Irina Morozova), Joshua David McKenny (Queen
                  Lucy Moses School pianist Luke Murray (student of Golda              CD featuring virtuoso transcriptions of George Gershwin’s          Ester Illustration), Joerg Grosse Geldermann-ACT
                                                                                                                                                          (Joel Harrison), Jeroen Sheehan (Amstel Quartet)
                  Tatz) and Special Music School pianist Gabriel Murray (grade         works, which is available through
                  7, student of Golda Tatz) were enrolled at International Music                                                                          Kaufman Center Institutional Funders: Altman
                                                                                       Victor Kioulaphides (Lucy Moses School Theory faculty) had
                  Academy in Italy, performing solo and chamber concerts                                                                                  Foundation, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP
                                                                                       his Concerto per orchestra a pizzico featured on the summer        Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Bay &
                  during the festival events.
                                                                                       release of the latest CD by Het Consort, Holland’s premier         Paul Foundations, Helen Blue Musique Ltd., BMI
                  On Saturday, September 13th, at Steinway Hall, two SMS               orchestra of plucked instruments. This fall, his work Antwerp      Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York,
                                                                                                                                                          Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Con Edison,
                  piano students (Yali Levi-Schwartz, student of Golda Tatz;           Harbor was recorded on Point of Departure featuring                Edward T. Cone Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund
                  and Annaliese Wee, student of Irina Morozova) played a               mandolinist Joseph Brent and harpist Bridget Kibbey.               for Music, Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation,
                  short recital to accompany a book reading from “Henry and                                                                               The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Deutsche
                                                                                       This fall, Isabelle O’Connell (Lucy Moses School Theory            Bank, Roy and Shirley Durst Performance
                  the Steinway.”
                                                                                       faculty) performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of         Endowment, The Ferriday Fund, Ann and Gordon
                                                                                       Ireland in a concert that was broadcast live on Lyric FM           Getty Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation,

                  FACULTY NOTES                                                        Radio. She also performed with the Contempo String Quartet
                                                                                       at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and gave a solo recital of
                                                                                                                                                          Goldman Sachs, The Horace W. Goldsmith
                                                                                                                                                          Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, The
                                                                                                                                                          Harkness Foundation for Dance, Libby Holman
                                                                                       contemporary music at the Belfast International Festival.          Foundation, Joint Industry Board of the Electrical
                  Harpist Emily John (Special Music School Music History and                                                                              Industry, Liman Foundation, MetLife Foundation
                  Chorus faculty) performed two concerts in September with             Dan Acquisto (Lucy Moses School Theater faculty) had two           Partners in Arts Education, The Henry and Lucy
                  her harp/flute/viola trio––one at Queens College and the other        shows produced this fall for which he wrote the original scores.   Moses Fund, Music for Youth Foundation, Music
                  at our own Ann Goodman Recital Hall. The performances                Wild About Harry was commissioned by the 2008 New York             Project for Television, Inc.; National Endowment
                                                                                                                                                          for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural
                  featured works by George Rochberg, Claude Debussy,                   Musical Theatre Festival and is the story of “The Queen of         Affairs, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the
                  Michael Mauldin and the premiere of Dave Volpe’s Gwinna.             Mean,” Leona Helmsley, told through dance. Like You Like It,       New York Community Trust, New York State Council
                                                                                       co-written with wordsmith Sammy Buck, is an adaptation of          on the Arts, a State agency; New York State Office
                  Guitarist Roni Ben Hur (Lucy Moses School Jazz faculty)                                                                                 of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,
                                                                                       Shakespeare’s As You Like It set at the Arden Mall in 1985.
                  performed in November at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Jazz                                                                                 The New York Times Company Foundation, Stavros
                                                                                       It won the New Voices Prize in 2004.
                  at Lincoln Center to celebrate the release of Jazz Therapy,                                                                             S. Niarchos Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R.
                  Volume 1: Smile. The first in a series of charitable CDs called       Steve Brennan (Lucy Moses School Theater faculty) recently         Samuels Foundation, The Morris and Alma
                                                                                                                                                          Schapiro Fund, Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher
                  Jazz Therapy (released by Harlem-based MotéÈma Music),               directed the world premiere of Attorney for the Damned: A          Foundation, Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s
                  the recording was made in association with the Jazz                  New Rock Musical, a dark, biting look at the criminal justice      Foundation, The Skirball Foundation, The Starr
                  Foundation of America. The album also features guitarist             system. The musical was written by Denis Woychuck (father of       Foundation, Steffens 21st Century Foundation II,
                  Gene Bertoncini and will benefit the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial         Lucy Moses School students Ava and Lucy Woychuk-Mlinac)            Michael Tuch Foundation.
                  Fund at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.                       and was presented for a three-month run at the Kraine
                  Pianist Golda Tatz (Lucy Moses School and Special Music              Theater.
                  School piano faculty) spent last summer teaching at the
                  International Music Academy in Italy. She will perform in a          Last summer, Benjamin Gruder (Lucy Moses School choral
                  series of concerts in the U.S. this winter with the Vilnius String   faculty) presented a workshop at the 2008 North American
                  Quartet from Lithuania.                                              Jewish Choral Festival entitled “Reaching Your Audience.”
                                                                                       Starting from the idea that music performance is essentially
                  Mara Milkis (Lucy Moses School violin faculty) performed with        acting, participants experienced ways to engage their own
                  cellist Adrian Daurov and pianist Olga Vinokur in a chamber          personalities to enable them to sing with depth and conviction
                  music concert at Bargemusic this fall that included works by         even within the confines of a choral setting.
                  Rachmaninov, Ravel and Schubert.

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                  WINTER 2008/09                                                                               Plan Your Performance
                                                                                                               The award-winning Merkin Concert Hall is available to soloists and ensembles as a
                  DATES TO REMEMBER                                                                            fully-equipped performance space. Our professional staff, world-renowned acoustics
                                                                                                               and state-of-the-art technology—including a recording studio—make the newly-
                  Visit the new for concert details, artist information                     renovated hall a perfect place for your event. Rehearsal studios and reception
                  and more. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 212 501 3330.                               spaces are also available. For more information please visit,
                  (All events take place in Merkin Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.)                       email or call 212 501 3345.

                  DECEMBER                                                                                    FEBRUARY
                  Mon December 1                                 Tue December 16                              Sun February 01                                   Thu March 12
                  Winter’s Eve, 5:30 pm                          Tuesday Matinees: Alturas Duo, 2 pm          Broadway Playhouse: Jerry Herman,                 Notes on the War: The Piano Protests, 8 pm
                  The Lincoln Square Business Improvement        Featuring Scott Hill, guitar, and Carlos     11 am                                             WNYC’s John Schaefer hosts pianist Sarah
                  District will again sponsor this grand         Boltes, viola and charango                                                                     Cahill, who has commissioned a group
                  neighborhood holiday festival featuring live                                                Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert,            of today’s leading composers to write a
                  performances, tastings at local restaurants    Thu December 18                              4 pm                                              collection of pieces reacting to the war in
                  and family activities. Kaufman Center will     LMS Adult Division Piano Performance         LMS and SMS student winners of                    Iraq, in this edition of New Sounds® Live.
                  showcase student chamber ensembles,            Recital, Ann Goodman Recital Hall, 8 pm      Kaufman Center’s annual Concerto
                  which will perform at Commerce Bank on                                                      Competition perform with a professional           Tue March 17
                  Broadway at 68th Street. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.       Sun December 21                              orchestra.                                        The New York Festival of Song
                                                                 LMS Adult Division Student Recital,                                                            Songs of the Irish Poets, 8 pm
                  Sun December 7                                 Ann Goodman Recital Hall, 5:30 pm            Tue February 10                                   Featuring Paul Appleby, Steven Blier,
                  Cello master class with Dmitry Yablonsky.                                                   Tuesday Matinees: iO Quartet, 2 pm                Michael Barrett, Paul Woodiel
                  Featuring students from LMS and SMS
                  (Ann Goodman Recital Hall), 10 am              JANUARY                                      Tue February 10 & Thu February 12                 Sat March 21
                                                                                                              The New York Festival of Song                     Duo-logues: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo,
                  Mon December 8                                 Thu January 8                                Voices of the Jewish Diaspora, 8 pm               8 pm
                  Broadway Close Up: Bound For Broadway,         Face the Music performs works by Gordon,     Featuring Dina Kuznestova, Rinat Shaham,          The scintillating duo of Helena Bugallo
                  8 pm                                           Kline and Lang (Merkin Balcony Gallery),     Steven Goldstein, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett   and Amy Williams will offer two seminal
                  Join host Liz Callaway for the ninth           7 pm                                                                                           works: Igor Stravinsky’s own four-hand
                  annual look at the best new shows headed                                                    Wed February 11                                   arrangement of his orchestral masterpiece
                  for Broadway. Five new musicals will be        Sat January 10                               LMS Faculty in Concert, 7 pm                      The Rite of Spring and Olivier Messiaen’s
                  featured, including candid interviews          Midwest Meets Mideast, 8 pm                  LMS faculty members perform their annual          Visions de l’Amen.
                  with the writers and songs from their          See article on page 2                        concert in Merkin Concert Hall.
                  upcoming shows.                                                                                                                               Sun March 22
                                                                 Sun January 11                                                                                 Poppy Seed Players: Yo, Jonah!, 11 am
                  Mon December 8                                 Broadway Playhouse: Frank Loesser, 11 am     MARCH
                  LMS Adult Division Aria da Capo Class          The kid-friendly Broadway Playhouse                                                            Tue March 24
                  Recital, Ann Goodman Recital Hall, 8 pm        concerts are adult-friendly too, with        Sun March 01                                      Tuesday Matinees: Amstel Quartet,
                                                                 sing-alongs, fun facts, games, medleys       Poppy Seed Players: Queen Esther, 11 am           saxophones, 2 pm
                  SMS Mid-Year Concerts, Fri, December 5:        and mini-musicals.
                  Grades K, 4 and 7                                                                           Contemporary Music Festival, 3:30 pm              Sat March 28
                  Fri, December 12: Grades 2, 3 and 5            Adult Jazz Program Celebration, 3 pm         Students from LMS and SMS perform solo            Cecil Taylor Speaks Volumes, 8 pm
                  Fri, December 19: Grades 1, 6 and 8            Performances by adult students and faculty   and ensemble music written since 1950.
                                                                 from Lucy Moses School’s renowned Jazz
                  LMS Suzuki Solo Recitals,                      program.                                     Tue March 10                                      APRIL
                  Ann Goodman Recital Hall                                                                    Annual Scholarship Luncheon, 11:45 am
                  Sun, December 7, 3 and 4 pm                    Thu January 15                               This annual event benefits the Lucy Moses          Sat April 04
                  Thu, December 11, 6 pm                         100 Years: Olivier Messiaen and              School scholarship program. The luncheon          Juxtapositions in Jazz, 8 pm
                  Sun, December 14, 10, 11, 3, 4 pm              Elliott Carter, 8 pm                         precedes the Henry Schneider Scholarship          Featuring flutist Jamie Baum and Polish
                  Thu, December 18, 6:30 pm                      Featuring Da Capo Chamber Players            Concert (at 2:15 pm in Merkin Concert             trumpeter Tomasz Stanko
                                                                                                              Hall), which features performances by young
                  Sun December 7, 14 and 21                      Thu January 29                               artists-in-the-making from Kaufman Center.
                  LMS Musicians in Concert,                      Vox Americana, 8 pm                          For more information, call 212 501 3350.          Sun April 05
                  Ann Goodman Recital Hall, 1:15 pm              Composer/guitarist Joel Harrison,                                                              Broadway Playhouse: Lynn Ahrens &
                                                                 Bang On a Can cellist Wendy Sutter                                                             Stephen Flaherty, 11 am
                  Sun 14 and 21 December                         and alto saxophonist Oliver Lake explore                                                       Featuring an interview with the writers!
                  Poppy Seed Players: Latkes and                 the common ground between classical,
                  Applesauce, 11 am                              jazz and roots music.                                                                          Composer Festival, 3 pm
                  This joyous celebration of Hanukkah is                                                                                                        Students from LMS and SMS perform works
                  a revue of songs and scenes by some of                                                                                                        by Spanish and Latin American composers
                  New York’s funniest writers.

                  Sarah Cahill, 3/12                             Liz Callaway, 12/8                           Poppy Seed Players, Queen Esther, 3/1             Joel Harrison, 1/29

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                                                                                  Winter 2008/09
                                                                                  IN HARMONY
                                                                                  Kaufman Center Newsletter

                                                                                  Tomorrow’s Stars Today:
                                                                                  What Does It Mean To Be an “Emerging Artist”?
                                                                                  Omer Avital’s Middle Eastern Afro-Jewish Blend of Chamber Jazz
                                                                                  A Dalcroze Education: Holistic Training for Complete Musicians
                                                                                  Celebrating Musical Theater

      Cecil Taylor, a reigning master of jazz improvisation, combines brilliant
      piano invention with provocative verbal discussion on 3/28/09 at 8 pm.

                                                                                                                        Winter 2008/09 IN HARMONY

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