Inspiring and transporting as the KCO performed selections from modern classical masters Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ives under the Wavertree’s spectacular masts and spars, as well as some soaring surprises, reflecting Wavertree’s maritime majesty!
Since 2009, the KCO has worked to reintroduce people to their musical heritage by performing great music in distinctive downtown venues and by offering innovative educational outreach.
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Gary Fagin and the KCO give you an insider's look into the whys and hows of classical masterpieces!
Bach's Brandenburg No. 3; Mozart's Eine kleine nachtmusik; Beethoven's 5th Symphony; Bartok's groundbreaking string quartets; Copland's American soundscapes... just what is it that makes this music extraordinary? Join Gary Fagin and the exceptional musicians of the KCO at the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic Melville Gallery, on Thursday evening,March 16, 6pm to 8pm, for this special, behind-the-scenes soirée.
Join the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra and co-sponsors Laura Starr of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Madelyn Wils of the Hudson River Park Trust and the Old Seaport Alliance as we celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service; honor Seaport founder and visionary, Peter Stanford; and toast Lower Manhattan's unique waterfront parks--The Battery and Hudson River Park!
On Saturday, April 23, at the Tribeca Film Festival's huge Family Festival street fair, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra musicians join with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble to present a quick history of the art of tap!
Canterbury’s music students perform with select members of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. Members of the Knickerbocker Orchestra include Nancy Hume, granddaughter of Canterbury founding Headmaster Nelson Hume and daughter of Michael Hume ‘41, as well as Canterbury faculty member, Belinda Whitney.
On February 29 (Leap Day!), legendary soprano Lucy Shelton channeled Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a selection from Supreme Justice: The Battle for Gay Rights and meet Michael Bacon of The Bacon Brothers Band and cellist Christine Kim offered a selection from Mr. Bacon's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra. This was the KCO's first Soirée-Fundraiser of the season.
The KCO returned to the South Street Seaport Museum on the evening of Friday, June 5, for a FREE concert of classical favorites -- Bach, Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, and more -- in the Melville Gallery (213 Water Street), a historic building of exposed brick and wood-beam ceilings.
The mood was festive at historic Pier on April 20, when the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra presented its spring soiree, Music of the Gilded Age. Guests enjoyed stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor from Pier A’s beautiful polished-mahogany, light-filled top floor, while the melodies of the Gilded Age transported them back to when sailing packets and steam boats plied the Hudson River, Mrs. Astor entertained her 400 guests, and Jacob Riis chronicled How The Other Half Lived.
Shir Victoria Levy, violin
Chopin: Polonaise, Op. 40, No. 1; Nocturne in C sharp minor (Lento con gran espressione), Op. Posth.
Szpilman: Waltz in the Olden Style
Dvořák: Allegretto grazioso from Suite for Orchestra, Op. 39
Kilar: Orawa for Chamber String Orchestra
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 3
Soirée fundraiser featuring new work with music and libretto by Gary S. Fagin entitled Jane Jacobs Saves New YorkSoiree-Fundraiser: Home of Audrey Manley and Thomas Fritton
Chamber ensemble from the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra
Music and libretto by Gary S. Fagin
Marin Mazzie, mezzo-sopran
Soiree-fundraiser; home of Madelyn and Steven Wils
String quartet from Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra
Elizabeth DeRosa, soprano
June 11, 2012 Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concluded its fourth performance season with the extraordinary Music for the Tempest-Tost: A Tribute to Emma Lazarus at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
On May 21, 2012, KCO supporters gathered at the South Street Seaport Museum for a soiree-fundraiser to hear Gary S. Fagin and KCO musicians perform Exquisite Music from the White Star Line Songbook, a tribute to the great, tragic ship Titanic.
The Soldier's Tale
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Text by C. F. Ramuz, adapted by Jody Oberfelder
Directed & choreographed by Jody Oberfelder
With creative input from the performers of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects
Performed by the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin
The power and the spirit of New York City were celebrated when the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra was joined by visionary performer Rinde Eckert portraying master builder Robert Moses in excerpts from KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's new composition, "Robert Moses Astride New York."
Schumann (arr. Fagin): Five Movements from Kinderscenen, Op. 15
Telemann: Concerto for Four Violins in C major
Fagin: Suite for Strings (world premiere)
Chopin (arr. Fagin): Grande Valse Brilliante, Op. 18
Mozart: Ein Musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522