Mannes School Of Music Announces Spring Concert Schedule

Mannes School Of Music Announces Spring Concert Schedule

The New School's Mannes School of Music announces their Spring 2019 concert season. The season continues to set Mannes apart as a music school with a distinct appetite and commitment to new and experimental work.

Highlights include the U.S. premiere of Carl Davis' Last Train to Tomorrow: a semi-staged production that marks the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport movement, a string orchestra concert conducted by Philip Glass Institute Chief Curator, Lisa Bielawa, and two performances of Kurt Weil's Street Scene, which will be led by Leslie Stifelman (music director) and Chloe Treat (stage director).

Mannes American Composers Ensemble: Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 5th Avenue

Founded in 2012 by composer Lowell liebermann and directed in the 2018-2019 season by Alan Pierson and David Fulmer, MACE presents works by iconic American masters such as John Adams, Mason Bates and Steve Reich, as well as works by young and up-and-coming composers such as David Hertzberg and Nina C. Young. The ensemble aims to embrace a broad view of the vital landscape of contemporary American Music, and to bolster that landscape through premieres and, soon, commissions. This concert will be conducted by David Fulmer.

Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire
Vasiliki Krimitza's Gra-V
Edgard Varese's Octandre
Pierre Boulez's Derive 1

Mannes Orchestra: Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway

Music director David Hayes leads the Mannes Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral", and guest conductor Carl Davis conducts the U.S. premiere performance of his musical and dramatic work, Last Train to Tomorrow. This semi-staged presentation marks the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport movement, a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of unaccompanied Jewish children from Germany and Nazi-occupied countries to safety, mostly in Great Britain, in the months just before the outbreak of World War II.

The Mannes Orchestra is joined in performing Last Train to Tomorrow by the Mannes Prep Senior Chorus and students of the School of Drama at The New School. Stage direction by Jennifer Holmes.

The Mannes String Orchestra: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 5th Avenue

Lisa Bielawa leads the Mannes String Orchestra in this special presentation of the Philip Glass Institute.

Philip Glass, Symphony No. 3
David T. Little, 1986
Jon Gibson, Chorales from Relative Calm
Lisa Bielawa, The Trojan Women
Lisa Bielawa, Two arias from Vireo

Chamber Bash: Sunday, April 28 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street

The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation presents the Mannes School of Music Chamber Music Program in an all-day concert marathon. With concerts happening in many of The New School's concert venues - Arnhold Hall's Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450 and Glass Box Theater - these student performances will include chamber repertoire spanning a variety of periods and styles.

Mannes Opera: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 - 10:30 pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th Street

The College of Performing Arts at The New School presents a Mannes Opera production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene.

Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Book by Elmer Rice, based on his Pulitzer-prize winning play
Music director: Leslie Stifelman
Stage director: Chloe Treat

Considered by Weill himself to be an "American opera" - a synthesis of European opera and American musical theater - Street Scene combines a rigorous operatic style with a distinctively American story. As a meditation on how communities shift and tear as they accommodate new worldviews, it's a remarkably modern and prescient piece - sometimes painfully so. Set against our home, New York City, and with a cast that embraces diversity, difference, immigration, and identity, it is impossible to experience Street Scene without seeing ourselves in the characters, with all of their glorious triumphs, hidden desires, and learned prejudices.

Under the leadership of new Managing Artistic Director Emma Griffin, the Mannes Opera is deeply invested in exposing students to work that will challenge them musically, intellectually and artistically. Furthering a broad vision of what opera can be, the program challenges its young artists to sing extraordinary music and build richly detailed performances, preparing them to thrive within a 21st-century operatic landscape that is exploding with new forms and content.

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 established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in art and design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the performing arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education and executive courses and public programs. The New School maintains a global presence through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships. Learn more at

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