mannes school of music announces schneider concerts 2019-2020 season

Old Favorites, New Friends: Debuts, Premieres, and Beloved Works from the Chamber Music Repertoire

The Argus String Quartet, Photo by Evan Champman

NEW YORK (May 29, 2019) – The New School’s Mannes College of Music announces the Schneider Concerts 2019-20 Season - six Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts featuring well-loved favorites of the chamber music literature and works not yet completed as of today. The opening concert featuring return of the award-winning Argus Quartet and a program that runs from Bach through Smetana to Christopher Theofandis’ 2018 work Conference of the Birds exemplifies the season – exciting young artist with not only exceptional technical ability, but something unique to say, and works that span the centuries. The season continues with the New York debuts of the AYA Piano Trio and Viano String Quartet, the return of the Verona and Callisto string quartets, which both received their New York debuts on this series, and the Rosemunde Quartet, featuring players from some of the world’s leading orchestras. The repertoire will include traditional chamber music favorites and contemporary works by Grammy-nominee Christopher Theofanidis and Pulitzer prize-winner Kevin Puts, an Annika Socolofsky New York premiere and a Jordan Nelson world premiere.

The Schneider Concerts’ mission to offer first-rate music at accessible admission fees means that these exceptional programs are available for less than the cost of a movie. Subscriptions are $80/6-concerts and $56/4-concerts for these Sunday at 2PM concerts presented in The New School’s intimate and accessible Tishman Auditorium, located at 66 W. 12th Street in Greenwich Village. Single tickets are available $18 general admission and $16 for seniors. Call (212) 229-5873 or visit newschool.edu/mannes/schneider-concerts for more information.

In 1957, when the series was founded, excellent and mixed programs offering the wealth of great chamber music were a rarity, let alone financially and physically accessible concerts. Lincoln Center had just been built, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was still more than a decade away. Founding artistic director Alexander Schneider saw this need and brought outstanding, affordable concerts to The New School. After his death in 1993 the series was renamed The Schneider Concerts in his honor. Artistic leadership is now under the auspices of a committee of noted musicians: John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara Helen O’Connor and Arnold Steinhardt.

Hailed in the New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for more than six decades, The New School’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history that includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Guarneri, Cleveland, Vermeer, and Johannes String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. More recently, the series has presented the New York debuts of the Dover, Calidore, Calder and Verona string quartets.  Today, New York audiences still need outstanding, accessible, affordable, and adventurous concerts as much as they did in 1957 when this series was founded, and the Schneider Concerts continues its tradition of excellence.

DETAILS OF THE SCHNEIDER CONCERTS’ 2019–2020 SEASON

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
ARGUS STRING QUARTET
Clara Kim and Jason Issokson, violins
Dana Kelley, viola and Joann Whang, cello
2017 First Prize Winner Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

J. S. Bachselections from Art of the Fugue (1751)
Bedrich Smetana – String Quartet No. 1in E Minor “From My Life” (1876)
Christopher Theofanidis – Conference of the Birds (2018)
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – String Quartet in E-flat Major (1834)

Program approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, including intermission

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
CALLISTO STRING QUARTET - Link to Callisto Quartet's Fischoff Performance
Paul Aguilar and Rachel Stenzel, violin 
Eva Kennedy, viola; Hannah Moses, cello

2018 Grand Prize Winner Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76/4, "Sunrise" (1799)
Gyrogi Ligeti – String Quartet No. 2 (1953-1954)
Annika Socolofsky – String Quartet (2019) - NY premiere
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso" (1810)

Program approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
AYA PIANO TRIO – NY DEBUT
Angela Sin Yin Chang, violin
Andres Sanchez, cello
Ying Li, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Trio in C major, K. 548 (1788)
Anton Arensky – Trio No. 1in D minor, Op.32 (1894)
Maurice Ravel – Trio in A minor (1914)

Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
ROSAMUNDE STRING QUARTET - Link to Rosamunde Quartet playing Barber
Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao, violin
Teng Li, viola; Nathan Vickery, cello

Outstanding players from internationally renowned orchestras join forces in a chamber ensemble

Felix Mendelssohn – Quartet in f minor, Op. 80 (1847)
Kevin Puts – String Quartet Credo (2007)
Franz Schubert – Quartet in a minor D804 'Rosamunde' (1824)

Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission

Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:00 p.m.
VIANO STRING QUARTET – NY DEBUT
Lucy Wang and Hao Zhou, violin
Aiden Kane, viola; Tate Zawadiuk, cello

Award-winning, California-based quartet makes New York debut

Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1 (1793)
Jordan Nelson – String Quartet (2019) – World Premiere
Anton Dvorak – String Quartet in A-Flat Major, Op. 105 (1895)

Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
VERONA STRING QUARTET
Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola; Jonathan Dormand, cello

International prize-winning ensemble returns to the Schneider Concerts

Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, No. 1 “Harp” (1809)
Donnacha Dennehy – The Weather of It (2016)
Anton Dvorak – String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106  (1895)

Program approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission

The 2019-20 Schneider Concerts Season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Subscriptions and single tickets on sale now
$80 for a six-concert subscription
$56 for a four-concert subscription
$18 single ticket general admission
$16 single ticket seniors 65+ and people with disabilities
$ 5.00 standby, students 30 and younger with school ID
For programming details and to purchase tickets, visit www.newschool.edu/concerts

Hailed in The New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for nearly six decades, The New School’s Mannes School for Music’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series stays young by keeping in touch with the next generation of classical music leaders, while remaining connected to a remarkable history that includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Guarneri, Cleveland, and Vermeer String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. The series was founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts by violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, who led the series until his death in 1993, at which time the series was renamed The Schneider Concerts in his honor. Artistic leadership is now under the auspices of a committee of ten noted musicians: John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor and Arnold Steinhardt.

Now in its second century as a dynamic musical center, Mannes School of Music is a standard bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music. Through its undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, and preparatory programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by a world-class faculty and visiting artists. As part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, together with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama, Mannes makes its home on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus in a state-of-the-art facility at the newly renovated Arnhold Hall.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.

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