Five Top Conservatories Offer Year End Performances

Monday, April 12, 2010

As the academic year comes to an end, conservatory students are unveiling the fruits of their studies in concerts, recitals and operas around New York. Admission to performances by these polished musicians is usually inexpensive, if there is even a charge.

Check out these calendars of events at the top 5 conservatories to find an affordable and enjoyable student performance:

1. Each year The Juilliard School holds about 700 events--mostly free--in and around New York. Each spring, the school floods the Lincoln Center campus with young musicians. Some highlights include Poulenc's opera, Les Dialogues des Carmelites, and a master class with viol impresario Jordi Savall.

2. The New School's music division, Mannes, has several gems embedded in its calendar. Among them is a Yefim Bronfam master class, the annual Contemporary Music Festival, which features three of the conservatory's student ensembles and a fully staged production of Cosi Fan Tutti.

3. Farther up on Broadway, the Manhattan School of Music has planned a number of master classes with artists such as David Krakauer, Glenn Dicterow and Gilbert Kalish. This year's opera is Le Nozze di Figaro. The school's resident ensemble, the American String Quartet makes its way to 65th Street for a concert at Merkin Hall.

4. Students and faculty from Yale's School of Music regularly visit Manhattan for performances at Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge. But it's worth driving to New Haven for events like Krzysztof Penderecki conducting the Yale Philharmonia through a survey of his most important works.

5. For a variety of vocal music, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ has few equals. The College contains seven formal choral ensembles (not counting smaller student groups) that explore secular and sacred music from the Renaissance forward. In addition, the school is staging Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande.

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

As a graduate of both Juilliard ('51) and Manhattan School of Music ('54) I can highly endorse those seeking free or, in the case of operas, inexpensive tickets for the revents at music conservatories. Programs, be they concerts or master classes, are generally far above the quality of many musical programs on much of radio and TV. Dance and drama presentations also have highly motivated, eager to communicate, performers trained by the best choreographers and stage directors.
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor and opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" and director, Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner opera roles.

Apr. 19 2010 02:41 PM
Michael L. Bower from Nassau County, New York

Westminster Choir College is a marvelous place, located in one of the loveliest towns in the United States.

The Classical Choral Groups are the best in the United States-don't miss one of their performances with New York Phil. at Lincoln Centre or Philadelphia or right there at the School.

The School has a marvelous organ performance program with graduates holding some of the most prestigious posts in the Country.


Apr. 18 2010 11:15 PM

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