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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 24, 2023?

35 free events take place on Monday, April 24 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 24 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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35 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, April 24, 2023

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free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Charlie Parker Ensemble
free events nyc Songs of Yiddish New York (online)
free events nyc Gilberto Gil's Expresso 2222 Turns 50: A Conversation and Concert
free events nyc Grammy Winning Quartet Performs Alongside Acclaimed Soprano
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Birdwatching | NYS Birding Trail


Naturalists tell you more about The New York State Birding Trail which highlights world-class birding opportunities across the state. Together, you will explore the parks of BPC, and see what makes this spot a hang-out for urban birds and marvelous migrators! Binoculars and field guides provided, or bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Discussion | Libraries as Correctives (online)


How do libraries act as correctives? How do they become sites of interventions, gatherings, and radical storytelling? This event brings together Mearg Negusse of C& Center of Unfinished Business in Berlin, Malose Malahlela of Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg, and Aqui Thami of Sister Library in Mumbai to explore the transformative potential of libraries in the cultural field. The conversation is moderated by Özge Ersoy, Senior Curator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and hosted by VLC Curator and Director of Public Programs Eriola Pira. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Master Class | Strings Master Class


A strings master class with Amaury Coeytaux.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:25 am
Free

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Conference | Collective Memory, National Identity, and European Cultural Integration: Central and Eastern European Perspective (online)


This conference will focus on the challenges that Central and Eastern European countries are facing in terms of memory and identity politics under two divergent processes: the divisive rise of nationalism and the unifying process of European cultural integration. Moderated by Aleksandar Boskovic and Carna Pistan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | The Future of Faith: A Dialogue of Hope (online)


Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Rabbi Benjamin Spratt, Simran Singh, The Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Lewis and Rabbi Joui Hessel in a panel discussion about religion in America to explore what has changed, what has remained the same and what might become possible in the future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talk | The Necessities of Truth, Flexibility and Resiliency in Creative Writing (online)


Writer Haley Hach who will discuss flexibility and resiliency in creative writing. Haley Hach’s stories have been published in Raritan, The Saint Ann’s Review, CutBank, Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, Able Muse, and many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | An Eclectic Afternoon of Jazz (In Person and Online)


Jazz concert at an intimate venue featuring Jerome Jennings and Naomi Extra "Get Free Collective."
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Portrait Photo Walk


Tony Gale will be teaching the art of on-location portraiture live from the streets of New York City. They will have two models available to photograph, so bring your favorite camera and enjoy a couple hours of learning and fun. Gear will not be provided and bringing a camera is optional.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | Refractions: Conversations on Photography (online)


Refractions are live videocasts hosted by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Stephen Mallon. Conversations will be with a select group of guests discussing creativity, imagery, business, fine art, and light! Curators discuss working with new and established artists. Photographers talking about their careers. Festival directors sharing what challenges face them. Directors will talk about all aspects of filmmaking. Photo editors will discuss the changing world of editorial and what they need from today’s assignment shooters. The mostly one-on-one conversations will have a diverse group of image makers and the people that work with them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Robert Schumann and More for Double Bass (In Person AND Online)


Bowen Ha, double bass. Program Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 César Franck (1822-1890), Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussion | ScreenAge: How TV Shaped Our Reality, from Tammy Faye to RuPaul's Drag Race


Fenton Bailey, the co-founder of the Reality TV production company World of Wonder, executive producer of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and director of the documentaries Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Party Monster, has helped guide the transformation of American culture for decades, bringing LBGTQIA priorities and passions into the mainstream.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Jazz | Charlie Parker Ensemble


An hour of Jazz directed by Dave Glasser. This ensemble focuses on the compositions and language of Charlie Parker and his contemporaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Jazz | The Music of Charlie Parker


An hour of music directed by Dave Glasser. This ensemble focuses on the compositions and language of Charlie Parker and his contemporaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Master Class | Woodwind Master Class


Master Class featuring Ben Fingland, Amy Griffiths, and Jeff Nichols. About the Artists Ben Fingland, clarinet, has been described as conveying “spiritedness and humor,” “unflagging precision and energy,” "eloquence and passion," and "dazzling technique" (The New York Times). His playing has been described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times), and “thoroughly lyrical” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). In addition to being a founding member of the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, he plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast: NOVUS NY, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Network for New Music, the Argento Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and Sequitur. He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists - ranging in scope from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John. Amy Griffiths is a woodwind specialist who plays flutes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoon, Irish flute/whistles, and uilleann pipes (Irish concert bagpipes). She ihas performed in Broadway orchestras, klezmer bands, Irish traditional settings, jazz ensembles, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification


Mike Amezcua's exploration of how the Windy City became a postwar Latinx metropolis in the face of white resistance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Maus Now: Spiegelman’s Graphic Novel and the Present Tense (online)


Art Spiegelman’s Maus remains as poignantly relevant today as it was when it was first published serially beginning in 1980, and then in two book volumes in 1986 and 1991. Among many other reasons for Maus’ present cultural impact, Hillary Chute argues that Spiegelman’s comics narrative reveals the capacity of the medium as a form to register the persistence of history and to function as a mode of resistance to today’s rising fascism. Hillary Chute’s talk is in part drawn from her 2022 edited collection from Pantheon, Maus Now: Selected Writing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talk | Buddhism and Activism- A Practitioner’s Perilous Spiritual Journey


Tenzin Tsundue has been jailed 16 times for nonviolent protest in the Tibetan freedom movement. In his 25 years of political activism for Tibet, he has remained deeply attached to the cause and focused in socio-political activism, while Buddhism pits him against higher values of ‘dettached engagement’. As a fighter for freedom he have often been arrested, interrogated, beaten, tortured, stripped naked and jailed, both inside Tibet and in India.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Author Reading | New Poetry Releases from MadHat Press


British poets Helen Ivory and Martin Figura will be joined by New York poets Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and Martine Bellen to celebrate the launch of Helen Ivory’s new release, Wunderkammer: New and Selected Poems and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright's new release, Doppelgangster, both from MadHat Press. Helen Ivory is a poet and assemblage artist from Norwich, England. Her fifth collection is called The Anatomical Venus. Martin Figura’s collection and show titled Whistle were shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) were published in 2016. The Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine Show was shortlisted in the 2018 Saboteur Awards. Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a poet and received an MFA after studying with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College. He is also a publisher, critic, eco-activist, impresario, filmmaker, puppeteer, and artist. He is author of 19 books of verse, including Blue Lyre and Party Everywhere. His latest book of sonnets and artwork is Doppelgängster: Self Portraits in a FunHouse Mirror, from MadHat Press. Martine Bellen’s just-published poetry collection is An Anatomy of Curiosity (MadHat Press, 2023). She is the author of nine other books, including This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected Poems (Spuyten Duyvil), The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press), and Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon), which won the National Poetry Series. A poem from An Anatomy of Curiosity is forthcoming the Best American Poetry Anthology, 2023.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Club | As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker


The story of Native peoples' resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community's rich history of activism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | Lemon Island: Life in a Hungarian Slum


Lemon Island is a slum in the town of Nagykanizsa. It is a place with a unique atmosphere, which absorbs the viewer or visitor, and where the outsider suddenly begins to bond with the homeless, whom he would not have noticed or would have avoided on the street. The film is about a day in this place, it can be any weekday, from dawn to dusk, but it is more than just a day: it condenses the past and present of the residents of Lemon Island. As the hours pass and the daily routine of the residents goes on, the viewer get a glimpse into the pulsating life of a closed micro-society, into the relationship of those forced to live together out of necessity, and it reveals fragments of individual stories with old sins and broken dreams -- occasionally reimagined. The factual and the beautified reality are blurred, the threads of the past twist in the way that they serve survival the most. The film accompanies the Red Cross employees on their daily helping tour to the world of the homeless living on the street. On those days, they get food, good advice, and consolation. Followed by a Q&A with director Gabriella Bacskai.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Concert | Innovators in Exile: 100 Years of the International Society for New Music


A concert evening that features songs by composers that had to flee after the Nazis seized power: Rudolf Reti, Paul Pisk, Karl Weigl, Hugo Kauder, Wilhelm Grosz, Egon Lustgarten, Paul Hindemith, and Egon Wellesz. These composers were all forced to flee after the Nazis seized power. After decades of neglect they are given a voice again. Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium, will open the evening with some remarks. And then you have the pleasure to listen to the following musicians: Jeannie Im and Alexis Rodda (soprano), Michael Protacio (tenor), Bruce Rameker (baritone) and Dan Franklin Smith (piano)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Dance Performance | New Dimensions in Indian Dance with Mesma Belsare


Dancer Mesma Belsare presents Shilpa Natana (The Dancing Sculptures), inspired by the classical texts, sculptures, and paintings of India. Noted choreographer Maya Kulkarni has developed this novel style of dance. The program includes Q&A with the artist and is for anyone interested in sculpture, architecture, painting, dance, and music. Mesma Belsare is a multidisciplinary dance artist who has been described by The New York Times as a "tour de force...a true act of transcendence and religious immersion." The Dance Current magazine deems her art "as mesmerizing as staring into the heart of a fire." Performance venues include The Lincoln Center (NYC), Asia Society (NYC), Alvin Ailey(NYC), and more. Besides the classical dance repertory, her solo productions include Medea (2022), Plato's Allegory of the Cave (2020), In Each is Both (2019), Mohini (2019), Sayankale (2019), The Vermin's Will (2017), Unquiet Epics (2012), Zan: Women in the Shahnameh (2010), and Carmine Bees (2008). Belsare is currently working with her mentor Maya Kulkarni to develop a new dance style, Shilpa Natana (Dancing Sculptures), that reframes classical narratives and explores new techniques in dance expression. Her commissioned dance films Chinnamasta (2022) and In the Creator's Gaze (2020), made in collaboration with Kulkarni, received wide acclaim.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Concert | Songs of Yiddish New York (online)


A night exploring Jewish immigrant New York City of yesteryear through musical performances from inside the recreated 1890s parlor of the Levine family, immigrants from Eastern Europe. At once a "golden land" of opportunity and joy and a place full of the challenges of immigrant life, New York held a myriad of experiences for new Americans. From songs about leaving one's homeland and arriving in Ellis Island, to anthems of the everyday difficulties of sweatshop labor, to hit songs of the Yiddish theater that exemplify leisure time activities, this concert uses music to bring the bustling world of the Jewish lower East side to life. A performance of Pulitzer Prize finalist Alex Weiser's song cycle, "Coney Island Days," will round out the program. Based on an oral history interview with the composer's late grandmother, these songs explore childhood activities in Coney Island, working in the family's knish store, visiting the Russian bath, and more. The concert will feature introduction and historical commentary by Alex Weiser in conversation with Tenement Museum President Annie Polland, and musical performances by singer Eliza Bagg and pianist Paul Kerekes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Video | (Mis)Reading the Image: Selections by Darrin Martin (online thru Apr 28)


A screening and discussion lead by artist and educator Darrin Martin, whose video, performance, and print-based installations have considered the synesthetic qualities of perception, and notions of accessibility through the use of tactility, sonic analogies, and audio descriptions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Rebecca Patek, Company [REDACTED], Nicole Mannarino
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Video | Full Disclosure: Selected Video-Performances 1972-75 (online thru Apr 30)


An online streaming program of a selection of Anthony Ramos’s video-performances circa 1972-1975, a fertile period for the artist then based in Los Angeles. Ramos’s interest in time and duration stems in part from his long friendship with Allan Kaprow, with whom he studied and worked under as a teaching assistant, and who housed him following his imprisonment for conscientious objection. Ramos met Kaprow while a student at the Southern Illinois University and participated in a handful of the artist’s iconic “happenings,” including the ambitious 1967 event Fluids,, which involved the construction of several intricate igloos across Pasadena. He was later part of a coterie of West coast figures inspired by Kaprow to mount their own interventions—Ramos often staged prankish, ephemeral art events with fellow artists Joe Ray and Lowell Darling, who appear in the two plastic bag videos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Gilberto Gil's Expresso 2222 Turns 50: A Conversation and Concert


Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil, known for his musical innovations and political activism, has moved audiences and influenced artists and thinkers around the world. His seminal 1972 album Expresso 2222, his first release after returning to Brazil from exile, turns 50 this year. In celebration, writers and musicians will discuss this groundbreaking work and publication of a new book paying tribute to Expresso 2222, followed by the Joao Luiz Guitar Quartet performing their own arrangements of songs from the album.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Grammy Winning Quartet Performs Alongside Acclaimed Soprano


The "invariably energetic and finely burnished" (NY Times) Catalyst Quartet (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; Karlos Rodriguez, cello) is this season's Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining them in a new collaboration is "feisty, rich-voiced" (NY Times) soprano Karen Slack, featured at the Metropolitan Opera in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Their program includes African American spirituals and a powerful new setting of Langston Hughes's poem, Kids Who Die, for soprano, piano, and string quartet. Program: Stephen Taylor (1965 - ) Four African American Spirituals. Scott Gendel (1977 - ) Kids Who Die. Additional works TBA. The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010. The Quartet has toured widely throughout the United States and abroad, and have been guest soloists with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Haven Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, among others. The group performed six concerts with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, for which the subsequent recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. American soprano Karen Slack has garnered international renown for her artistic versatility, charisma and entrepreneurial endeavors. A recipient of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Slack is an Artistic Advisor for Portland Opera, Co-Chair of the Women's Opera Network with Opera America, and serves on the board of the American Composer's Orchestra. In January 2022, Slack was appointed Creative Partner with Brooklyn's National Sawdust. Attendees MUST arrive 10 minutes before event begins AT THE LATEST.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Baroque Works for Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Suren Patrick Barry, harpsichord. Program Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629-1691), Suite de pièces de clavecin en ré mineur Louis Couperin (1626-1661), Passacaille François Couperin (1668-1733), Huitième Ordre (second livre de pièces de clavecin)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Liederabend (In-Person and Online)


Artists from the Collaborative Piano department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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