Press Release: Music in Midtown

New York music lovers can escape the din of midtown Manhattan with a new series of free lunchtime concerts presented by the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in music.  The concerts feature classical and contemporary works performed by accomplished professional musicians in the Elebash Recital Hall, a warm, intimate space with state-of-the-art acoustics.  This fall’s upcoming concerts are offered on November 2, November 30, and December 14, all Thursdays. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue/34th Street.

Following is the November-December schedule, which features two Schumann programs, and one of contemporary chamber music.  For more information, please contact the Concert Office at 212-817-8607, or, or visit

Thursday, November 2

Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Robert White
(concert) 1:00 PM
Renowned tenor Robert White, who has dazzled audiences around the world for decades, sings the Schumann song cycle Dichterliebe.  White is accompanied by Professor Norman Carey on piano. At 2:15 PM, the public is invited to observe a master class by Robert White with select CUNY DMA voice students.

Thursday, November 30

Prometheus Piano Quartet
(concert) 1:00 PM
Members of the Prometheus Piano Quartet perform Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Opus 44. The Prometheus Quartet has been hailed by the German magazine Fono Form as “thrilling and deeply engaging.”

Thursday, December 14

Cygnus Ensemble
(concert) 1:00 PM
Cygnus, The Graduate Center’s resident contemporary chamber music ensemble, brings contemporary scores to life.

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 assistant director of the series is D.M.A. student Lisa Kozenko.

The Graduate Center’s music program offers both a D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) and Ph.D, and it is filled with some of the city’s most talented musicians and composers.  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: NOV 1, 2006

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