Virtuoso Society Events

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The Virtuoso Society 2018-2019 Calendar of Special Events at Manhattan School of Music

Become a member of the Virtuoso Society, and play a vital part in our dynamic and beloved institution this Centennial year, and help a young artist reach the stars.

Virtuoso Society members have many opportunities to meet our immensely talented students and enjoy receptions before and after these special events, some of which mark 100 years of excellence at MSM.


Friday, September 28th at 7:30 PM:
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony & Post-Concert Reception 

Celebrate the opening of MSM’s Centennial Season with two VIP tickets to a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the MSM Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Riverside Church led by conductor Roderick Cox, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Conductor, and featuring MSM faculty member and Metropolitan Opera star James Morris. Join us for a post-concert reception with the conductor and soloists hosted by President James Gandre, in the Peter Jay Sharp President’s Residence.

Roderick Cox conducts the MSM Symphony Orchestra on September 28 at Riverside Church


Monday, October 29th at 7:30 PM
Piano Concert & Reception Celebrating the Reopening of Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall

Enjoy performances by Kirill Gerstein, Simone Dinnerstein, Yuan Sheng, and other acclaimed pianists who studied with faculty member Solomon Mikowsky in the newly expanded Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall. A festive reception with the artists follows in the Peter Jay Sharp President’s Residence.

Solomon Mikowsky


Saturday, November 17th at 6 PM
Concert & VIP Reception Celebrating the Grand Reopening of Neidorff-Karpati Hall 

Join us for a champagne toast and special concert to celebrate the grand reopening of Neidorff-Karpati Hall, an art deco gem, which has been beautifully renovated. The concert features performances by Tony Award winning alumnus Shuler Hensley and Van Cliburn Competition winner and faculty member Olga Kern, among other luminaries.

Van Cliburn Competition winner Olga Kern will perform at the grand reopening of MSM's Neidorff-Karpati Hall, on November 17th.


Thursday, December 6th at 6 PM
Holiday Toast & MSM Opera Theater Performance of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Nino Rota’s I due timidi

Enjoy a glass of holiday cheer in President James Gandre’s Residence preceding the MSM Opera Theater’s opening night performance of Suor Angelica and I due timidi with reserved, VIP seating in Neidorff-Karpati Hall.

MSM's Opera Theater will perform in the newly renovated Neidorff-Karpati Hall in December

January 2019

Friday, January 18th at 7:30 PM
American String Quartet Performance & Post-Concert Reception

Enjoy two reserved, VIP seats in Greenfield Hall at a concert of MSM’s acclaimed Artists in Residence, the American String Quartet, followed by an intimate reception with the musicians.

The American String Quartet in Greenfield Hall


Monday, February 4th at 7:30 PM
MSM Musical Theatre Production of Cabaret & Post-Performance Reception

Enjoy two reserved, VIP seats at the opening night performance of Cabaret by MSM’s Musical Theatre students followed by a reception with the performers.

MSM's Musical Theatre students will perform on February 4th


Wednesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM
Pinchas Zukerman’s 70th Birthday Concert & Reception

Receive two VIP tickets to a special concert in Neidorff-Karpati Hall to celebrate Pinchas Zukerman’s 70th birthday followed by birthday cake and a toast to the legendary violinist, conductor, and MSM faculty member hosted by President Gandre.

Renowned violinist Pinchas Zucherman

Thursday, March 28th at 4 PM
Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition

Enjoy two VIP tickets to this celebrated annual vocal competition followed by a reception.

Joan Ades poses with winners of the 2018 Ades Singing Competition in March 2018


Wednesday, April 17th at 6 PM
Carnegie Hall Centennial Gala Concert 

Enjoy two VIP tickets to this gala concert at Carnegie Hall conducted by Leonard Slatkin to celebrate Manhattan School of Music’s 100th Anniversary. Featured performers include Metropolitan Opera star and MSM alumna Susan Graham, violinists Glenn Dicterow and Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard, as well as distinguished MSM alumni and student performers.

Leonard Slatkin will conduct the Manhattan School of Music's 100th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall


Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM
President’s Annual Virtuoso Society Reception 

Join President James Gandre for the first annual reception to acknowledge members of the Virtuoso Society on the terrace of the Peter Jay Sharp President’s Residence featuring spectacular views of the cityscape. An architectural historian will give insight into the landmarks of upper Manhattan.

Questions about the Virtuoso Society?

Please contact:

Susan Madden
Vice President for Advancement

Reservations for some events are limited.