October 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Performance Season Highlights

Fall 2019 Performance Season Highlights
at Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music (MSM), one of the world’s premier music conservatories presents an exciting fall season of high-level performances, including:

  • MSM Distinguished Visiting Artist and trustee Leonard Slatkin is the featured “icon” in MSM’s newly launched concert series, MSM Icons. Maestro Slatkin conducts the MSM Symphony Orchestra; Alec Baldwin (HonDMA ’12) narrates.
  • MSM Jazz Arts presents a tribute to jazz legends Art Blakey and Louis Armstrong.
  • MSM Opera Theatre presents mainstage production of Mercadante’s I due Figaro.
  • Large-scale works from the MSM Symphony Orchestra (Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Debussy’s La Mer) and the Symphony with Symphonic Chorus (including StraussDon Juan, Op. 20 and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms).
  • MSM Musical Theatre mainstage production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

“With the magic dust still settling on last season’s MSM Centennial celebrations, we are thrilled to present this calendar of remarkable performances, and to once again open the doors of our grand new Claremont Avenue entrance and magnificently renovated Neidorff-Karpati Hall,” said James Gandre, President of Manhattan School of Music. “Our 2019–20 season showcases MSM’s exceptional student musicians – along with distinguished faculty, acclaimed guest and master class artists, and Artists in Residence – in a thrilling variety of programming across hundreds of performances.”

Thursday, October 17 | 7:30 PM
Louis Armstrong and Art Blakey: Jazz Messengers Both, Forever

Two profoundly respected figures in jazz, Art Blakey and Louis Armstrong, are celebrated in a performance featuring artists who carry on the legacies of these musical geniuses.

The MSM Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Art Blakey
Conducted by Jon Faddis


The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong™ All Stars
Herlin Riley, drums and bandleader
Roderick Paul, saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
Roland Guerin, bass
Sean Mason, piano
With special guest Davell Crawford, piano and vocals

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong™ All Stars is presented as part of the Louis Armstrong Continuum, in collaboration with the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

Friday, October 18 | 7:30 PM
MSM Icons: MSM Symphony Orchestra

MSM Distinguished Visiting Artist and trustee Leonard Slatkin (HonDMA ’13) and award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (HonDMA ’12) usher in Manhattan School of Music’s newest concert series, MSM Icons, celebrating acclaimed MSM alumni and trustees with exceptional international musical careers. The program will include works by Glinka, Fauré, Altschuler, and members of the Slatkin family.

Conducted by Leonard Slatkin (HonDMA ’13)
Narrated by Alec Baldwin (HonDMA ’12)

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

Friday, October 25 | 7:30 PM
MSM Chamber Sinfonia

Orchestra of St. Luke’s Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie (HonDMA ’18) has established himself worldwide as a leading conductor of Baroque and Classical repertoire, regularly performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and on the podiums of leading North American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. Included on the program will be Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major.

Conducted by Bernard Labadie (HonDMA ’18) of Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

November 8 – 10 | Various times
MSM Musical Theatre presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

MSM Musical Theatre undertakes composer Stephen Sondheim’s and librettist Hugh Wheeler’s darkly comic, Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder, and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th-century London.

Friday, November 8 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 9 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 10 | 2:30 PM

Directed and choreographed by Ted Pappas
Music direction by David Loud

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

Wednesday, November 20 | 7:30 PM
MSM Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus

Under the esteemed baton of MSM Director of Orchestral Activities George Manahan (BM ’73, MM ’76) and the leadership of Chorus Master and MSM Director of Choral Activities Kent Tritle, the MSM Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus come together in a concert of grand works by Strauss, Rodrigo, and Stravinsky.

Conducted by George Manahan (BM ’73, MM ’76)
Chorus led by Kent Tritle

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

November 22 & December 2 | Various times
MSM Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Hugh Masekela

A celebration of the life and music of groundbreaking South African trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela (1939-2018) who studied at MSM in the early 1960s. Featuring special guest artist Sean Jones on trumpet.

Friday, November 22 | 7:30 PM
Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

Monday, December 2 | 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 10 Columbus Circle

December 12 – 15 | Various times
MSM Opera Theatre presents Mercadante’s I due Figaro

Long-forgotten until rediscovered by Maestro Ricardo Muti in 2013, Saverio Mercadante’s I due Figaro is a sequel to the plots of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. The opera buffa is a story of the love between Cherubino (now a celebrated colonel) and Inez, the daughter of the Count and Countessa d’Almaviva. All the usual suspects appear onstage, however the arrival of a dual Figaro and the constant presence of a wannabe writer add to the mixed-up shenanigans in this delightful work. Stefano Sarzani conducts; MSM Opera Theatre Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn directs.

Thursday, December 12 | 7:30 PM
Friday, December 13 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 14 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 15 | 2:30 PM

Conducted by Stefano Sarzani
Directed by Dona D. Vaughn (Artistic Director of MSM Opera Theatre)

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM, 130 Claremont Avenue

For further information, as well as a full list of Fall 2019 events, please visit our Performance calendar!

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