Press Release: Music in Midtown: Winter/Spring Schedule of Free Lunchtime Concerts

This winter and spring, from February through May, New York music lovers can escape the din of midtown Manhattan with this series of free lunchtime concerts presented by the CUNY Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue/34th Street. The concerts feature classical and contemporary works presented in the Elebash Recital Hall, a warm, intimate space with state-of-the-art acoustics. Performances feature the doctoral program in music's renowned faculty, outstanding professional musicians selected from among the program's doctoral students, and special guest artists. Some concerts are followed by master classes.

 Upcoming concerts will be offered on February 22, March 8, March 22, April 19, May 3, and May 17, all Thursdays, at 1:00 pm.  Following is the complete schedule.  For more information, please contact the Concert Office at 212-817-8607.

Thursday, February 22

Chamber Music Concert
1:00 PM

The program will include Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano by Aram Khachaturian; performed by Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Eva Léon, violin, and Vahagn Avetisyan, piano; and Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messaien; performed by Caroline Chin, violin; Eduardo Lopez-Dabdoub, clarinet; Miho Zaitsu, cello; pianist TBA.
Thursday, March 8

Concert by New York Philharmonic Oboist Sherry Sylar; with Harriet Wingreen, Piano; and Lisa Kozenko, Oboe
1:00 PM

This program by New York Philharmonic oboist Sherry Sylar and Harriet Wingreen, pianist, with Lisa Kozenko, oboe, will feature works by Handel, Dring, Poulenc, and Piazzolla. A frequent featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Sylar joined the orchestra in 1984 as associate principal oboe and currently serves as acting principal oboe.  In 1989, she was one of eight Philharmonic musicians chosen to represent the U.S. in the Berlin Celebration Concerts, performing with an international orchestra led by Leonard Bernstein.  She has also served as guest principal oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.  Sylar is currently on the faculties of the Graduate Center and Mannes Colleges of Music.

Thursday, March 22

Chamber Music Concert
1:00 PM

The program will include Caprice on Danish & Russian Airs for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano (Op. 79) by Camille Saint-Saens and Quintet for Piano and Winds by Albéric Magnard; performed by Roberta Michel, flute; Lisa Kozenko, oboe; Chiu-Yuan Chen, clarinet; Douglas Quint, bassoon; and Emiko Sato, piano. Elizabeth Bell, soprano, and Fernando Hashimoto, marimba, will also perform Love After Love by composer and Graduate Center faculty member Tania León.

Thursday, April 19

ital and Master Class by Clarinetist Charles Neidich
1:00 PM

Following a recital of works by Tower, Neidich, and Brahms, renowned clarinetist and Graduate Center faculty member Charles Neidich will hold a master class for select doctoral students. Norman Carey, professor of music and director of the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) Performance Program, will accompany Neidich on piano.  Hailed by the New Yorker as “a master of his instrument and beyond,” Neidich regularly appears throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as soloist and with leading chamber ensembles.  A leading exponent of period instrument performance practice, Neidich was one of the first soloists to improvise cadenzas and ornament classical concertos.  His recordings are available on the Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmaters, Chandos Hyperion, Bridge, and Cobra labels.  Norman Carey is the pianist of the Prometheus Piano Quartet. Active as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Carey’s debut recital was lauded by John Rockwell in The New York Times as “really delightful and very satisfying.”

Thursday, May 3

Recital and Master Class with the Corigliano String Quartet
With Composer John Corigliano
1:00 PM

This recital and master class with the celebrated and Corigliano String Quartet will be introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Graduate Center professor John Corigliano.  Melia Watras, viola; Amy Sue Barston, cello; Lina Bahn, violin; and Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin, will perform Snapshot by Corigliano; Amazing Grace (String Quartet No. 4) by Ben Johnston; Black Bend by Dan Visconti; and Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels (String Quartet No. 3) by Adam B. Silverman.  (“Excellent, smooth sense of ensemble, but with each part vigorously alive.”—New York Times)

Thursday, May 17

Argentinian Piano Music with Hugo Goldenzweig
1:00 PM

A program of Argentinean piano music, performed by Graduate Center faculty member Hugo Goldenzweig, will include:  Tangos (1942) by Juan José Castro, Adiós Nonino (Tango Rhapsody-1962) by Astor Piazzolla; Sonatina (1950)  by Carlos Guastavino, and Sonata No. 1, op. 22 (1952) by Alberto Ginastera.  “Hugo Goldenzweig is a pianist possessing a great temperament, balanced with an impeccable technique." —La Prensa (Buenos Aires).

Music in Midtown is directed by Norman Carey, professor of music and director of the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) Performance Program. The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.  Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, the Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events.  Further information on the Graduate Center and its programs can be found at

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2007

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