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 "Welcome! The 2019-20 season illuminates all that happens at Kaufman Music Center every day, from the concert hall to the classroom. In addition to the fantastic programming at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center is a unique musical ecosystem where audiences and learners of all ages and backgrounds can connect with music. I’m excited to invite you to join us this fall and see how music can open doors and transform lives.” 
Kate Sheeran, Executive Director, Kaufman Music Center 
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2019-20 Artists-in-Residence

Kaufman Music Center’s new Artist-in-Residence program embeds acclaimed, multi-faceted artists who are transforming the music world within a broad range of KMC programs spanning the concert stage and the classroom: JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim and Rob Kapilow. Read more.

Face the Music 

Kaufman's celebrated teen new music program teams up with groundbreaking artists like JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Tri-Centric Foundation, Luna Composition Lab and more for a new season of cutting-edge, post-genre performances! Get details.

Tickets are on sale now for 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center presentations in Merkin Hall!

Broadway Close Up

This fall, hear Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert sing about women and friendship, survey the history of gay and lesbian musical theater writers, explore the depiction of children on Broadway, and find out how books and movies get transformed into musicals – and be the first to see some of the best new musicals at Bound for Broadway with Liz Callaway! Details & Tickets

Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight

Intimate evenings of conversation and performance hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight feature three legends: jazz bassist Ron Carter, pianist Leon Fleisher and "Queen of the Flute" Carol Wincenc. Details & Tickets

What Makes It Great?

Explore great musical masterpieces with NPR & PBS music commentator, conductor, composer, author and pianist Rob Kapilow! This season, he takes on Beethoven’s “Archduke Trio,” Richard Rodgers, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 (including the "Funeral March") and a celebration of popular Christmas songs by Jewish composers. Details & Tickets

Ecstatic Music - 10th Season

Get Ecstatic all season long at audacious musical collaborations by artists who are transforming the way we hear music, including Alarm Will Sound, JACK QuartetMissy Mazzoli & Kelly Moran, Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet, Amir ElSaffar, the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert and more. Details & Tickets

Tuesday Matinees

Experience the new stars of classical music at seven afternoon concerts! The new season features the Omer Quartet, pianists Lucas Krupinski and Ziang Xu, violinist Chloe Kiffer, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, clarinetist Yoonah Kim and Musicians from Ravinia. Details & Tickets


Oct 13, 2 pm: On his 70th birthday, composer Robert Sirota is celebrated by an all-star lineup performing a selection of his works spanning 20 years, including the New York premiere of Luminous Bodies. Details & Tickets

Music & the Brain

Co-Presented with One Day University
Mar 22, 10:30 am: Professor Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University will discuss the evolution and biological power of music, followed by a performance by an ensemble from Special Music School High School. Details & Tickets

Broadway Playhouse

Introduce kids to the great writers of musical theater! The new season features musicals by Charles Strouse (Annie), Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). And also check out our Hanukkah musical, Judy & the MaccabeesDetails & Tickets

Orli Shaham's Bach Yard

NEW SERIES! This interactive concert series for children hosted by acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham combines live ensemble performances with storytelling, costumed musicians and hands-on activities. Details & Tickets