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At Home with Kaufman Music Center

May 1, 2020
young boy playing piano

While Kaufman Music Center’s doors may be closed physically, they are still bringing music to the Lincoln Square and New York City community – virtually!

Kaufman is working with composer, vocalist and producer Lisa Bielawa on their new Broadcast from Home project, a new large-scale musical work that creates community during the isolation of the coronavirus crisis. Lisa has invited the public to submit testimonies about their experience of the crisis, and each week she composes a new musical work in response to the texts that is posted on all of Kaufman’s channels at 3:00pm each Thursday. The public will also be invited to perform Bielawa’s music, and the project will eventually culminate in a series of 20- to 30-minute participatory musical performances for an unlimited number of singers and instruments, either online or in person depending on the circumstances. Students from Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses SchoolSpecial Music School and Face the Music programs are participating as instrumentalists and vocalists in the project.

Are you looking for online classical musical content for your kids? Check out Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard Playdates. The internationally acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham brings her interactive classical concert series for children to your home with Season One of a new, 10-episode online series presented by Kaufman Music Center. Posted every Sunday at 11:00am on Kaufman Music Center’s website and social channels, Orli’s Bach Yard Playdates introduces musical concepts, instruments and the experience of concert-going to children. Each 5-10 minute episode features story times, interactive works in which your children can join in from home, and selections designed to develop listening skills. This series is especially for children up to early elementary, but feel free to include all members of your household – human or animal, stuffed, or not! Click here to watch the first episode.

Why not revisit some of Kaufman’s best performances by checking out their Online Encores, updated daily. These posts revisit concert highlights from their video archive, including Ecstatic Music, Broadway Close Up, Face the Music, the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition and International Youth Piano Competition, and much more.

Kaufman Music Center is continuing to plan more virtual activities to bring music to you and your families, and we will keep you updated as more projects are announced.