Concert Schedule 

These hour-long, family-friendly concerts combine extraordinary music with reflections by Simone Dinnerstein at P.S. 321 and James Matheson at P.S. 142. Musicians donate their performances, and all ticket sales benefit the students of the host schools. Not recommended for children under age six.

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    Numinous performs selections from Joseph C. Phillips Jr.'s The Loves of Pharaoh
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7pm P.S. 321 | 180 7th Avenue | Brooklyn, NY Buy Tickets​

    Brooklyn-based composer (and P.S. 321 faculty member) Joseph C. Phillips Jr.'s genre-bending work combines avant-garde classical, jazz, and big band music. His new score for the 1922 silent film  The Loves of Pharoah  by German director Ernst Lubitsch had its world premiere on the BAM Next Wave Festival in 2012. Set in ancient Egypt, this monumental film spectacle features lavish sets and costumes and a cast of thousands. Phillips' ensemble Numinous will perform the music live at P.S. 321, with scenes from the film. The group will also play chamber music by Phillips with visual elements, including an audience interactive piece inspired by synchronous fireflies and a new composition based on a children's picture book. 

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    Kathleen Supové, piano
    Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7pm P.S. 142 | 100 Attorney Street | New York, NY Buy Tickets

    Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today's world. Supové presents solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO, in which she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. Upcoming projects include new/complete Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz; Digital Debussy , the piano works/ghost pieces of Morton Subotnick; and performances throughout the UK of Urban Birds by Arlene Sierra in connection with the Commonwealth Games. In June 2013, she and Sideband Laptop Orchestra performed and gave a Google Talk at their headquarters in Chelsea, NYC. At P.S. 142, Kathleen Supové will perform music by Claude Debussy, Daniel Felsenfeld, Randall Woolf, Matt Marks, and Mohammed Fairouz. 

  • Simone Dinnerstein, piano
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7pm P.S. 321 | 180 7th Avenue | Brooklyn Buy Tickets
    Neighborhood Classics founder and artistic director Simone Dinnerstein will perform a concert at P.S. 321 that features the music from her January 2014 Sony Classical album -- J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions .  The concert will also include music by Beethoven, Crumb, and Nico Muhly. 
    Bach’s  Inventions and Sinfonias , originally written in 1723 as a musical guide for keyboard players, remain a core part of the piano repertoire for students, amateurs, and professional musicians alike and have been lifelong companions for Simone.  Simone's most recent all-Bach album from 2011,  Bach: A Strange Beauty , was praised by the  San Francisco Chronicle  as embodying “unadorned but profound bliss.” 

  • Face the Music
    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30pm P.S. 142 | 100 Attorney Street | New York, NY Buy Tickets
    Teenage new music sensations Face the Music return to the Neighborhood Classics concert series to perform music by three of the ensemble's own members -- Sam Mellins'  Sax Quartet ; Jonah Murphy's  Allegro for mixed ensemble and Owen Carter's Sequester for chamber orchestra -- plus Vijay Iyer's Three Fragments . Praised for “stunning performances” by  The New York Times , Kaufman Center’s Face the Music is an “alt-classical” ensemble of more than seventy unusually talented teenagers from in and around New York City. Advancing Kaufman Center’s commitment to modern music, Face the Music provides an unparalleled performance and education experience for the next generation of musical leaders. 

    Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. Jenny Undercofler, Face the Music has played across New York City at venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, BAMcafé, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.  

  • Mika and Richard Stoltzman, marimba & clarinet
    Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7pm P.S. 321 | 180 7th Avenue | Brooklyn Buy Tickets
    Mika Stoltzman, called a “high-wire jazz marimbist. . . an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure” ( Los Angeles Times ), was born in Kumamoto, Japan and now resides in New York City and Boston. Since studying at the University of Toronto, Mika has devoted herself to marimba performance. She has performed around the world and in 2012 and 2013 gave sold-out performances featuring world premieres of new works at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall. Mika has released several albums, the latest of which is  MIKARIMBA from 2013. She often plays in a duo with her husband, the celebrated clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. At P.S. 321, Mika and Richard will perform both solos and duos. 

2012-2013 Concert Season

  • Simone Dinnerstein, piano; Pamelia Kurstin, theremin; Alvin Epstein, actor
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | P.S. 321

  • Contemporaneous
    ​​Saturday, December 1, 2012 | P.S. 142

  • Face the Music​​
    Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3pm | P.S. 69Q

  • Contemporaneous
    Monday, February 11, 2013 | P.S. 142

  • Chiara Quartet; Simone Dinnerstein, piano
    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | P.S. 321

  • Lafayette Harris, Jr. and friends​
    ​​Thursday, April 11, 2013 | P.S. 321

  • Face the Music
    Sunday, May 19, 2013 | P.S. 142