DISTINGUISHED BY A ROSTER OF THE REGION'S MOST ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIANS, THE KNICKERBOCKER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IS A SUPERB PROFESSIONAL ENSEMBLE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF GARY S. FAGIN, SERVING THE LOWER MANHATTAN COMMUNITY.

Founded in 2008, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra brings outstanding orchestral and chamber music performances and educational programs to the downtown community, incorporating the area’s rich history into innovative presentations through collaboration with acclaimed soloists, choral, dance and literary organizations.

Highlights of the KCO's presentations include the January 2010 world premiere at the World Financial Center Winter Garden of Mr. Fagin’s composition “And Bold To Fall Withal (Henry Hudson In The New World),” featuring Broadway star Jason Danieley. The January 2011 world premiere of "Robert Moses Astride New York," also at the Winter Garden, featuring Rinde Eckert.

The KCO has performed three extraordinary concerts at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocuast in Lower Manhattan. Notable featured performers include Broadway's Marin Mazzie, singer/actor Henry Stram and violin virtuoso Shir Levy.

Music Director / Conductor

Gary Fagin is Music Director of the Bucks County (PA) Symphony Orchestra and conducts the New Jersey Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker.  Mr. Fagin served as Musical Director and Conductor for seven years at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and for three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.

Mr. Fagin is former Chairperson of Community Board No. 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee and co-founder and co-director of the Seaport Community Coalition. A longtime Lower Manhattan resident, he lives in the South Street Seaport with his wife and daughter.

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Artistic Partnerships

Institutions

American Tap Dance Foundation

Arts Brookfield

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

John Street Methodist Church

The Knickerbocker Club

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Pier A

Poets House

Schimmel Center for the Arts

South Street Seaport Museum

Trinity Church


guest artists

Brooklyn Youth Choir

Elizabeth Pitcairn

Glenn Seven Allen

Henry Stram

Jason Danieley

Jody Oberfelder Dance Project

John Duykers

Jorell Williams

Jose Franch-Ballester

Judy Kuhn

Lucy Shelton

Manhattan Brass

Marin Mazzie 

Mikaela Bennett

Nancy Hume

Neil Gaiman

Peter Kendall Clark

Rinde Eckert

Sarah Heltzell

Shira Levy


Board members

Gary S. Fagin
Founder and Music Director

Alison Simko
Manager

Sharon Fortenbaugh
Board President

Jason Balaban

Clive Burrow

Gerald Carp

Lynda Davey

Audrey Maley

Bruce Pritikin

Carrie Qiu

John Randolph

Alan Schiffres

Laura Starr