Since 1999, Mannes College has presented a yearlong music festival every year. Each festival has a program of more than 20 concerts performed by Mannes' gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests and held at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. At most events, the festival's artistic director, Pavlina Dokovska, presents pre-concert remarks, deepening audience understanding and appreciation of the theme and the works performed. The festivals are an outstanding component of the total Mannes program.
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2013-Present: Mannes Sounds FestivalA showcase of the talented musicians at Mannes, the Mannes Sounds Festival features more than 20 concerts per year, each with a unique topic and exploring all periods of music, from the Baroque to the present.
2012: The Rise of Modernism: Innovation and Tradition 1890-1939 The Rise of Modernism: Innovation and Tradition will focus on music and art from the period 1890-1939, a period rich in collaboration between poets, musicians, actors, and visual artists, through concerts and master classes by students, faculty, and guests.
2011: Liszt, A Life in MusicA celebration of the 200th anniversary of a towering figure in music history, Franz Liszt. From his youth as the first modern superstar to his senior years as the sage of European music, his career spanned the Romantic era. The breadth and depth of his influence is incalculable.
2010: Schumann and Chopin
In celebration of the 200th anniversaries of Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin, Mannes explores the musical world they shared through concerts and master classes by students, faculty, and guests.
2009: The Mendelssohn SalonFelix Mendelssohn and his musically talented sister Fanny were hosts and guests at gatherings of the great composers of their time. In celebration of his 200th anniversary, Mannes explores this special musical world through concerts and master classes by students, faculty and guests.
2008: The Pianist as ComposerMusic of the great pianist-composers from the classical period to the
present in concerts and master classes by Mannes' young artists,
faculty, and guests.
2007: Beethoven’s Influence and ImmortalityThe music of Beethoven and of his heirs is celebrated in concerts and master classes by Mannes' young artists, faculty, and guests.
2006: Bach and the Baroque Legacy
Bach and his Baroque-era contemporaries and their influence on future generations are explored through concerts and master classes with Mannes' students, faculty, and guests.
2005: The Late Romantics
The culmination of musical romanticism, from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, comes to life through concerts and master classes featuring Mannes' student artists, distinguished faculty, and guests.
2004: The Flowering of Romanticism: from Schumann to Brahms
The early maturity of musical romanticism, represented in the works of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Bellini, Berlioz, Liszt, and the young Brahms.
2003: The Birth of Romanticism: From Haydn to Schubert
An exploration of the genesis of musical romanticism from its roots in the Sturm und Drang of Haydn and Mozart to its early development in Beethoven, Rossini, and Schubert.
2002: La Belle Epoque: Music Around the Turn of the 20th Century
The fourth Mannes Festival explores one of the most dynamic and explosive eras in music history and the genesis of the music of our time. Students, faculty, and guests present the works of a broad spectrum of composers active between the 1880s and the end of World War I and representing many nations, including Brahms, Strauss, Dvorák, Fauré, Debussy, Franck, Mahler, Schoenberg, Wolf, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Albéniz, Granados, Griffes, and Joplin.
2001: The Schumanns and Their Circle
The third Mannes Festival features works by Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara, and by composers who were personally close to them or were admired by them, such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Chopin.
2000: Mannes Bach 2000
The second Mannes Festival marked the 350th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach. An extraordinary number and range of works covering every area of Bach's vast oeuvre were performed: major keyboard compositions on piano, harpsichord, and organ, plus chamber compositions, solo and orchestral concertos, and cantatas with instrumental ensembles.
1999: Chopin at Mannes
The inaugural Mannes Festival commemorated the sesquicentennial of the death of Frederic Chopin. The festival was especially notable in that all extant piano, chamber, and vocal work by Chopin were presented in chronological order, the first time this was ever done in the United States.
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Church of St. Thomas More
Consulate General of France
Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
Consulate of the Republic of Poland
Goethe-Institute New York
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
National Arts Club
The New School Tishman Auditorium
New-York Historical Society
St. Vincent Ferrer Church
The Church of the Holy Trinity
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Leopold Godowsky III
Therese Casadesus Rawson
Mannes Festival Committee
David Ames, Communications Consultant
Audrey Axinn, Assistant Dean
Erik Bestmann, Director of Concert Operations and Festival Manager
Stephanie Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Joseph Colaneri, Director of the Mannes Opera
Pavlina Dokovska, Festival Artistic Director and Piano Department Coordinator
William Gustafson, Associate Dean
Christopher Gulhaugen, Director of Instrumental Studies
Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music
Martin Mueller, Executive Director, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Frank Nemhauser, Director of Vocal Studies
George Nichols, Director of Development
Pippin Parker, Director, The New School for Drama
Ivan Raykoff, Eugene Lang College faculty
Lane Richards Peace, Director of Institutional Advancement
Beth Roberts, Voice Department Coordinator
Carl Schachter, Techniques of Music faculty
Cristina Stanescu, Collaborative Piano faculty
Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Hiroko Yajima, String Department Coordinator
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