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2016-17 Season<br>
New Works. Intimate Spaces.



October 6

This NYC-based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world's hottest international touring acts. The push and pull between the Latin syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South: it's Bluegrass meets Brazil.

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yotam silberstein quartet


This versatile guitarist's wheelhouse runs the spectrum. Yotam has earned his place among the jazz elite, collaborating with James Moody, The Heath Brothers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and others

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jane ira bloom

April 13

Soaring, poetic, spontaneous and instantly identifiable describe soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. She's steadfastly developed her voice for 35 years, creating a body of music marking her an American original.

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Chamber Music

Sonnambula Ensemble

September 14

The great Baroque female composer Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre is featured in Sonnambula season opener, along with works of Henri Dumont, Lully, and Charpentier. .

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Sara Davis Buechner

October 24

Mozart, Chopin, Arensky, and Ms. Buechner's own arrangement of George Gershwin's Second Rhapsody.

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Alexander String Quartet and special guests

November 17

A celebration of the Venezuelan composer's music as featured in the latest album of pianist Selene Quiroga. With the Alexander String Quartet, and friends, conducted by Dean of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Aldemaro Romero, Jr.

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William Hobbs

March 4

The Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian tongues share common roots despite the countries being separated by 1,200 miles. Explore their affinities and their dissimilarities through their singular musical languages.

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The Canadian Guitar Quartet


Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Ravel, Schumann, and the world premiere of Gilad Cohen's Firefly Elegy.

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cantata profana

March 23

Winners of the 2016 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the vocal/instrumental ensemble returns with another program of diverse and eclectic masterpieces featuring their trademark sense of theatricality.

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A performance by the Cantat Profana

March 27

Johannes Brahms, Erich Korngold, and the solo Bass Sonata by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

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Celebration of Leonard Bernstein Piano works

April 18

A centenary celebration of the great composer/conductor/pianist Leonard Bernstein with solo piano works by Bernstein, Foss, Copland, Perle, and Michael Brown.

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Alexander String Quartet - Our quartet-in-residence

APRIL 25, 27, 29

Theirs was a great love, memorialized in music, novels, and film. Three programs including string quartets, piano trios and quintets, songs, and more celebrate these quintessential romantics through their chamber music.

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The echo drift

JANUARY 10, 12, 13, 18-20

Convicted murderer Walker Loats must choose between serving her time in solitary and taking a shortcut to rig the game in her favor. The Echo Drift explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli.

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heart beat opera

MAY 2-13

The critically acclaimed ensemble returns with Beethoven's Fidelio and Mozart's Don Giovanni enlivened by its signature mix of revelatory adaptations, radical arrangements and vivid design.

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Heidi Latsky Dance

March 8 – 10

Heidi Latsky transforms her installation On Display, seen in 40 cities across the globe, to create a new experience – part dance/part exhibit. D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. explores society's obsession with body image, challenges the boundaries defining beauty, and embodies inclusion through dance.

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A performance by the Urban Bush Women

May 18

The winner of Dance Magazine's "Best Emerging Choreographer," Caleb Teicher and composer/pianist Conrad Tao, winner of 8 consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, collaborate on a new work.

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idaco nyc

MAY 24-27

As new barriers emerge around the world, IDACO nyc – an international collaborative dance festival – focuses on intersection, joining and overcoming distances by creating a shared space for dialogue between artists from diverse European nations. Co-presented with the Italian Cultural Institute.

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arden everywhere

OCTOBER 8 - 28

Unlocks the beloved comedy's essence in a contemporary story of dislocation and reconciliation. Performed by professional actors alongside members of refugee/immigrant communities, Arden/Everywhere incorporates music and mother-tongues of its multi-national cast to create a vibrant retelling of a classic.

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honour: confessions of a mumbai courtesan


Memoirs of Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire in this vibrant award-winning stage show with original music, colors of India and a riveting mother-daughter tale told in the shadow of a Mumbai brothel. Referencing both the Mahabharata and contemporary Bollywood, experience this bold acted and danced protest to the contemporary sex trade and abuse of young women in India.

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garden of the finzi-continis


Academy Award-Winning film tells the story of a wealthy Jewish family in 1930s Italy who ignore the political turmoil taking its toll on lives outside the walls of their estate.

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Filmed secretly in Brooklyn's private Hasidic community, Menashe depicts the life of a widowed store clerk who seeks to regain custody of his young son while battling Hasidic traditions.

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Ben-Gurion: Epilogue


In a documentary based on lost interview footage, Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reflects on Israel's past in a deeply personal manner.

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doing jewish a story from ghana


The centuries-old traditions of a small community in remote Ghana raise questions about Jewish identity around the globe, when they discover their customs turn out to be Jewish.

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10th annual reel abilities film festival

MARCH 8 & 12

Join us for two screenings in this annual festival, sponsored by the JCC Manhattan, promoting awareness and appreciation of the stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

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Daniel Mendelsohn

March 1

The award-winning essayist, classicist, translator, and cultural critic speaks about his latest book about his travels around the Mediterranean with his father, a scientist, while reading Homer's Odyssey

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Neuroculture: Dual Affinities


A writer studying the science of dog-human relationships, a musician studying bird-song, a director studying visual processing, and a choreographer studying Parkinson's Disease – are neuroscience and the arts natural bed-fellows?

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Elise Rasmussen


Few philosophers have elicited as much controversy as Baruch Spinoza banished from the Sephardic community for heretical views. Experts explore his philosophy in the context of 17th Century Holland and today's world.

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