By Michele Magazine
A few blocks from Lincoln Center is another one of NYC’s musical treasures, THE KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER, located at 129 West 67th Street. It’s brimming with a variety of exceptional concerts and lectures, voice and dance classes and even rental rehearsal spaces where you can practice that instrument you’ve just decided to pick-up again. Here are a few current recommendations:
Get acquainted with tomorrow’s superstars in the comfort of Merkin Concert Hall. Hear today’s young classical artists already garnering reviews like these: “Heart-stopping, unrivaled beauty” or a “career that will matter”. Tickets are only $19, less if bought in a series. How fantastic is that! There are also two FREE concerts coming up next year: The Henry Schneider Scholarship Concert on March 10, 2015 and Kaufman Music Center International Youth Competition Winners Concert on June 23, 2015.
This is a series about really listening to a great piece of music with a deeper understanding and appreciation. Each concert begins with NPR’s Music Commentator Rob Kapilow unraveling and exploring a great musical masterpiece, followed by the performance of the piece and a Q&A with the audience and musicians. Single tickets $45, 10% discount for a subscription.
This series is for anyone with a passion for all things Broadway. Each concert focuses on a specific theme and reveals insider dish and details from the people who really know Broadway composers, writers and performers. Single tickets $48, discounts for subscribers.
Concertante Is a string sextet committed to collaboration, education, and innovation. The members work with other musicians, performing artists, and non-performing artists to program repertoire beyond string sextets. The members of Concertante also seek to involve audiences, through the interactive concert format developed by the ensemble, entitled “How To Listen.” Single tickets are $20, $17/ticket for the series of three performances.
You may have taken your children years ago to music lessons at the Kaufman Center’s Dalcroze School, but did you know they have classes for music students of any age? Whether you’re a seasoned performer, an educator, or just someone who loves music, Dalcroze can help you feel and understand music in a whole new way. Known as “music training through movement,” Dalcroze uses the body to develop a strong musical foundation and natural feel for music.
The Kaufman Center is wheel-chair accessible.
Pre- or After Concert Dining
Just a couple of blocks away from the Kaufman Center, you’ll find one of my favorites for an after concert bite, ANDANADA141, at 141 West 69th Street. This
contemporary Spanish restaurant, newly crowned with a Michelin star, offers up scrumptious tapas dishes, main courses and fine wine. The menu is overseen by chef Manuel Berganza, who grew up in Spain’s Asturias region and was trained by the Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arda at Madrid’s acclaimed Restaurant La Broche.
Andanada offers a range of delicious tapas, from fried artichokes with grated Manchego cheese($12) and smokey roasted eggplant with toasted hazelnuts($12) to creamy Iberia ham croquettes($13). Among main courses, the pan-seared Iberian pork shoulder, pastrami style, is a knock-out…full of flavor and fork tender ($28). And don’t miss a divine dessert, Cheese Mousse with Figs Confit and Croutons ($9) that alone is worth the journey.
What I love about this restaurant is that it is an easy place to have a light yet substantial meal, perfect for pre-theater or pre-concert. The exquisite Rioja comes from the the vineyard owned by proprietor Alvaro Reinoso’s father in Haro, La Rioja, Spain. I also love their Happy Hour with $5 sangria (every day 5-7pm) and the Flamenco shows on Tuesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 12:00pm .
The restaurant is not wheel-chair accessible.
Michele Magazine (whose name is really “Magazine”) is a former newspaper and magazine executive, now running her own Executive Search Practice in the field of Media. As a lifelong New Yorker and lover of the city’s many cultural offerings and restaurants, she will review some of the wonderful venues that offer terrific entertainment and great food in the shadow of the greater, legacy institutions of the city. In her posts, she plans to pair some of these off-the-beaten path cultural institutions with a nearby favorite restaurant, for an evening out worth the journey.