In a special kick-off to our 11th season, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce an exclusive performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s “John Adams in Amsterdam: A Song for Abigail,” libretto by Terry Quinn, on the evening of Monday, February 11, 2019, at the famed Knickerbocker Club.
An all-female ensemble from the KCO celebrates Women’s History Month with a performance
showcasing great classical and contemporary female composers. Led by KCO concertmaster Belinda Whitney and second violinist Joyce Hamman, the all-star lineup also will tell stories about how they followed their musical dreams.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Experience the world premiere of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s delightful one-act opera for children. Based on a Native American myth, the allegory follows the courageous journey of Jumping Mouse as she interacts with other animals and perseveres through challenges in pursuit of her dreams.
Join Gary S. Fagin and the KCO at the breezy end of Pier 45 for toe-tappin' favorites such as Scott Joplin’s "Maple Leaf Rag" and “The Entertainer;” Noel Coward’s “Sail Away” and the 1930’s hit “Red Sails In The Sunset;” as well as traditional Scottish reels and Aaron Copland’s rousing "Hoe-Down from Rodeo.” This event is free.
Kick up your heels with Gary S.Fagin and the KCO for “Sweet Sounds of Summer!"—a stylish selection of classical melodies for your dancing pleasure, including foxtrots, tangos and waltzes. Or just sit back and enjoy the timeless tunes of Johann Strauss, Irving Berlin and other great song and dance masters!
This event is free.
Tango-Waltz-Foxtrot! We kicked up our heels with Gary S.Fagin and the KCO for “Sweet Sounds of Summer!"—a stylish selection of classical melodies for our dancing pleasure, including foxtrots, tangos and waltzes. We enjoyed the timeless tunes of Johann Strauss, Irving Berlin and other great song and dance masters!
Location: Hudson River Park's Pier 45 (cross at Christopher Street)
Gary S. Fagin and the KCO played toe-tappin' favorites at the breezy end of Pier 45 such as Scott Joplin’s "Maple Leaf Rag" and “The Entertainer;” Noel Coward’s “Sail Away” and the 1930’s hit “Red Sails In The Sunset;” as well as traditional Scottish reels and Aaron Copland’s rousing "Hoe-Down from Rodeo.”
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage
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. The KCO collaborated with the innovative choreographer Jody Oberfelder, who created original characters based on Weill's dynamic score.
Location: Battery Park City
Elizabeth Pitcairn performed with her legendary 1720 Stradivarius, inspiration for the 1999 Academy Award-winning film “The Red Violin," in this Kid's Classical Concert on February 7th.
Free, ages 8 and up.
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs.
The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra joined friends high in the sky at the Ritz-Carlton overlooking New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty on February 6, 2018, while violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn serenaded all with her legendary Stradivarius Red Violin
The KCO performed at the South Street Seaport Museum’s 50th Anniversary Gala, aboard the tall ship Wavertree.
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!
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.