Mannes Festival

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    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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  • Past Festivals

    Past Festivals

    2013-Present: Mannes Sounds Festival
    A 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 Music
    A 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 Salon
    Felix 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 Composer
    Music 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 Immortality
    The 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.

    Festival Venues

    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
    Harvard Club
    Jewish Museum
    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    National Arts Club
    The New School Tishman Auditorium
    New-York Historical Society
    Spanish Institute
    St. Vincent Ferrer Church
    Steinway Hall
    The Church of the Holy Trinity
    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Guest Artists Lecturers, and Master Class Presenters

    Edward Aldwell
    Eteri Andjaparidze
    Philippe Bianconi
    Rita Bouboulidi
    Yefim Bronfman
    Vladimir Feltsman
    Janina Fialkowska
    Claude Frank
    Leopold Godowsky III
    Richard Goode
    Phillip Lasser
    Murray Perahia
    Menahem Pressler
    Therese Casadesus Rawson
    Charles Rosen
    Victor Rosenbaum
    Andras Schiff
    Vladimir Shakin
    Robert Taub
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Mannes Festival Committee

    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