NYC’s Kaufman Music Center to host online Day of Musical Action on Monday 1 June

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On Monday 1 June (4 - 8 pm EDT), the Kaufman Music Center community will come together for a Day of Musical Action, an online event featuring performances by students and faculty from all of the Center’s programmes, including Special Music School, Lucy Moses School, Face the Music and Luna Composition Lab. The event will be live streamed free of charge on Kaufman Music Center’s Facebook page,

The 6 - 8 pm hours of the event feature performances by guests including violinist Joshua Bell, Broadway stars Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready, Broadway composer Alan Menken, conductor David Robertson (performing Steve Reich’s Clapping Music with his twin sons), pianist Orli Shaham, composer/violinist/vocalist Caroline Shaw, flutist Carol Wincenc, songwriter Paul Williams, pianist Shai Wosner and others to be announced, along with Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence JACK Quartet, composer/flutist/vocalist Nathalie Joachim, and composer/educator Rob Kapilow. Also appearing will be pianist Emanuel Ax, flautist Sir James Galway, composer Missy Mazzoli, and broadcasters Terrance McKnight and John Schaefer.

The Day of Musical Action will raise critical funds in support of Kaufman Music Center’s ongoing efforts to level the playing field for more than 4,000 music students from diverse backgrounds each year. The Center is facing significant financial challenges as a result of COVID-19: while KMC’s doors are closed, the Center cannot receive critical revenue from ticket sales, tuition and building rentals. Additionally, KMC was forced to postpone its annual Gala, which accounts for nearly one million dollars in support of music education and performance programmes.

The Day of Musical Action follows a model: members of the Kaufman Music Center community who wish to participate (via pre-recorded video) are requested to donate or fundraise at least $100, while online attendance is free. KMC students, faculty, supporters, parents, and staff are all welcome to take part, along with the artists noted above.

Donations to Kaufman’s music education and performance programmes can be made here: