The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra emerged in the aftermath of 9/11, bringing inspiration through music to the wounded, but resilient, population of Lower Manhattan. As the community rebuilt, the KCO’s approachable, unique performances of the classical canon reached tens of thousands of people and touched countless individual lives. We of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra are proud of our contribution to this most historic and important part of New York City.
10th Anniversary Season Concerts Upcoming
Learn About Our Past, Join Us For Our Future
Founded by Downtown resident Gary S. Fagin -- an accomplished conductor, composer and educator -- the KCO is the only professional chamber orchestra based in Lower Manhattan. The KCO is a meshing of the old and the new—classical music played by top contemporary musicians, performed in the fast-growing neighborhoods of old New York, in venues steps away from cobblestone streets and wireless skyscrapers. Until the KCO was founded, there were few programs in Lower Manhattan devoted to the great classical music repertoire. Throughout the 10th Anniversary Season, KCO will be sharing memories and insights through Social Media.
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Highlights from Our Past Seasons
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Highlights From Past 10th Anniversary Season Events
The Struggle to Forgive
May 4th, 2018
Photo credit: Kevin Yatarola
In this world premiere of Gary S. Fagin's new cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, the KCO gives voice, hauntingly, to those most affected by the gun epidemic: victims of gun violence and their families. This timely piece has been called “beautiful;” “stunning;” “an important work."
Kurt Weill's Zaubernacht (Magic Night)
March 14, 15 and 18, 2018
In collaboration with Jody Oberfelder Projects, the KCO presented three performances of Zaubernacht, Kurt Weill's earliest work for the stage, and the first in New York City using Weill's long-lost, original orchestrations since Zaubernacht's American premiere in 1925. See The New Yorker write-up and a feature story in The New York Times. Photo credit: Christopher Duggan.
Renaissance & Renewal Concert
February 10, 2018
Presented by Arts Brookfield, the "Renaissance & Renewal" concert celebrated the rebirth of Lower Manhattan since the KCO’s first concert in the Winter Garden. Photo credit: Ryan Muir, courtesy of Arts Brookfield. orchestration
"The program selections were all knockouts! You can’t go wrong with Copland, especially when you add Preet Bharara narrating the Lincoln Portrait. A real WOW! We also flipped over Elizabeth, noteworthy in her dazzling red dress, and delighting us with her violin and splendid interpretation of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending! A triumph! The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra musicians gave exceptional performances and are now a force to be reckoned with! And, last but not least, the Winter Garden Waltzes, a world premiere, were beautiful and a perfect finale to a memorable evening and one we shall never forget. BRAVO!"
--A glowing review from one admiring couple