10th Anniversary Season Concerts
Join the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for the kick-off of our Tenth Anniversary Season of performances!
Presented by Arts Brookfield, the "Renaissance & Renewal" concert celebrates the rebirth of Lower Manhattan since the KCO’s first concert in the Winter Garden. The program will feature works by Aaron Copland, America’s great classical composer, including his majestic Fanfare for the Common Man, and Lincoln Portrait, with stirring words of Abraham Lincoln delivered by a guest narrator. Elizabeth Pitcairn (above, at the KCO's inaugural concert in 2009) will return with her famous Red Stradivarius Violin to play the beautiful A Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
An enchanting chamber music and dance work about a child whose toys come to life, Zaubernacht is Kurt Weill's earliest work for the stage. This production by the KCO at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan will be the first in New York City using Weill's long-lost, original orchestrations since Zaubernacht's American premiere in 1925! A one-act pantomime for an instrumental ensemble of nine and a troupe of dancers, Zaubernacht will appeal to both young and adult audiences. For these three performances—two on weekday evenings and one on a Sunday afternoon especially for children—the KCO will be collaborating with the innovative choreographer Jody Oberfelder, who will create original characters based on Weill’s dynamic score.
In this world premiere of a new musical dramatic work by Gary S. Fagin, the KCO will give voice, hauntingly, to those most affected by the gun epidemic in America: victims of gun violence and their families. Don't miss The Struggle To Forgive - Confronting Gun Violence in America at the Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University). The evening also includes the world premiere of Guns, a documentary film by Nick Davis that tells the interconnected stories of individuals whose lives have been dramatically affected by guns.
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.
Highlights from Our Past Seasons
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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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