Kaufman Music Center Announces Programming for the 2023-24 Season

By Afton Wooten

The Kaufman Music Center announced its programming for the 2023-24 season. Slated are concerts, educational programs, and events as part of their signature series presented at Kaufman’s Merkin Hall.

This season’s theme is “Listen Different,” which “spotlights the unique and transformative performance experiences offered by Kaufman Music Center: Audiences experience a direct connection with artists in a welcoming space and come away with a deeper understanding of the music and the creative process.”

Included in this article are vocal performances only.

Starting off is VOCES8 with “The Art of Expression: Music of the Renaissance,” including works by Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotn, Josquin des Prez, and more.

Performance Date: October 10, 2023

VOCES8 returns to the stage with “20 Songs from 20 Years.” The audience will hear a concert of the ensemble’s favorite and most popular pieces in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Performance Date: October 11, 2023

For the “Artist As Curator” series, the “Quince Ensemble with Paul Pinto and Annika K. Socolofsky” will take the stage. The contemporary treble voice quartet will present modern takes on traditional works, art song cycles, and beyond.

Performance Date: October 26, 2023

“Two World Premieres: Courtney Bryan and Adegoke Steve Colson” is led by conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni. They present interpretations of contemporary classical music with a focus on the “new Afromodernism as an intercultural, and multigenerational space of innovation.”

Performance Date: November 1, 2023

New York Festival of Song will present “Gracias a la Vida.” The program explores South American songs with Ecuadorian tenor César Andrés Parreño and Bolivian soprano Shelén Hughes, with Steven Blier as pianist and host.

Performance Date: December 5, 2023

“Nadia and Lili Boulanger & the Boulangerie” is presented by host Rob Kapilow with tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Maxim Lando.

Performance Date: December 11, 2023

The first installment of Tuesday Matinees featuring vocalists is a concert by soprano Magdalena Kuźma.

Performance Date: February 6, 2024

The New York Festival of Song with Young Concert Artist concert “All Together Now” stars Tenor Daniel McGrew, mezzo-sopranos Megan Moore and Erin Wagner, bass-baritone Joseph Parrish, and soprano/pianist Chelsea Guo.

Performance Date: February 21, 2024

Artist-in-residence tenor Nicholas Phan will give a masterclass for the Kaufman Music Center students from our Lucy Moses School.

Performance Date: March 11, 2024

New York Festival of Song will present “Eros and Co.” The cast features Caramoor’s 2024 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars with Steven Blier and Bénédicte Jourdois at the piano.

Performance Date: March 19, 2024

Chanticleer, the Grammy-winning male chorus performs a wide range of repertoire including Renaissance, classical, gospel, jazz, and popular music.

Performance Date: April 14, 2024

“The Other Mozart Effect” includes Reynaldo Hahn’s Mozart Overture and Alfred Schnittke’s witty tribute to the 18th century, “Moz-Art à la Haydn,” before concluding with Rimsky Korsakov’s one-act opera “Mozart and Salieri” starring bass-baritone Joseph Parrish as Salieri and tenor Daniel McGrew as Mozart.

Performance Date: May 1, 2024