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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 23, 2019?

35 free events take place on Wednesday, January 23 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 January 23 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 January . 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 events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Wednesdays at One: Juilliard Wind Orchestra
free events nyc Suffragette (2015): British historical drama on the struggle to get the right to vote
free events nyc The Job: the evolving world of work, challenges and possibilities
free events nyc Works by Mozart, Puccini and more
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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
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Tours, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Film | Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Six time Oscar nominated courtroom drama


A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. 116 min. Director: Billy Wilder. Starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton. Set in the Old Bailey in London, the picture is based on the play of the same name by Agatha Christie. The American Film Institute included the film in AFI's 10 Top 10 as #6 in the Courtroom Drama category. At the 30th Academy Awards Witness for the Prosecution received six nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Six time Oscar nominated courtroom drama

Film | A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling


After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Director: Ava DuVernay. Actress Reese Witherspoon has an Oscar for her performance in the movie Walk the Line. 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Bach at Noon

Lecture | Infiltration of Religious Organizations as a Strategy of Authoritarian Durability: Causes and Consequences


Covert forms of authoritarian repression, such as infiltration of religious organizations with secret collaborators of the authoritarian regime, remain an understudied strategy of authoritarian survival, in contrast to overt forms of repression. This talk uses the historic case of Poland to study the drivers and consequences of such infiltration. To do so, it analyzes seven surveys from late communist Poland, which highlight the uneven effects of Catholic Church attendance on anti-communist attitudes. Speaker: Monika Nalepa (University of Chicago).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Infiltration of Religious Organizations as a Strategy of Authoritarian Durability: Causes and Consequences

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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Tours, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Concert | Wednesdays at One: Juilliard Wind Orchestra


Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts throughout the season. Led by Alan Kay. Program Raff (1822-1882) Sinfonietta, Op. 188 Schoenberg (1874-1951) Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Wednesdays at One: Juilliard Wind Orchestra

Screening | In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (2008): Documentary on following the route of Marco Polo


Two adventurers retrace Marco Polo's entire 25,000 mile land-and-sea route from Venice to China and back - and spent two incredible years of their lives trying to turn it into reality. 90 min. Director: Denis Belliveau. Starring Denis Belliveau, Kathryn Klvana, Francis O'Donnell. The movie documents the first quest "to visit and document every region Marco Polo claimed to have traveled" using only land and sea methods of transportation. In the Footsteps of Marco Polo has an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (2008): Documentary on following the route of Marco Polo

Film | Suffragette (2015): British historical drama on the struggle to get the right to vote


In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end. Director: Sarah Gavron. Starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter. 106 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Suffragette (2015): British historical drama on the struggle to get the right to vote

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Stressed? The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults, and the adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. This program allows adults to create wonderful pictures and offers a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. Plus, it can actually lower stress. All materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour


A tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, and sculptor Daniel Chester French; viewing the Collectors Office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140-ton Rotunda dome by Rafael Gustavino.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Talk | Travel Talk: Asia


A gathering to talk about travel. Learn how travel broadens our mind by experiencing new culture, trying new foods, meeting new people, seeing a different way of life. This month' talk will be on Earth's largest and most populous continent, Asia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Travel Talk: Asia

Workshop | Lessons on budgeting


Learn how to budget and create spending plans for your money. Get a hold on your finances going into this New Year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Lessons on budgeting

Poetry Reading | Poetry Workshop


No experience necessary. Just bring your love of poetry and your favorite writing implement. Bill Zavatsky is an American poet, journalist, jazz pianist, and translator. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Where X Marks the Spot (2006), For Steve Royal and Other Poems (1985), and Theories of Rain and Other Poems (1975). Zavatsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He was named MacDowell Poet for 2007–2008. Zavatsky translated poems by André Breton with Zack Rogow; that volume, Earthlight (1993), won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Poetry Workshop

Classical Music | Works by Vivaldi and more


Mitchell Kuhn, oboe. Program Robert Schumann Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet in one movement for oboe, violin, viola, and violoncello, Op. 2 Anne Wang To Takamatsu and Back Antonio Vivaldi Oboe concerto in C major, RV 447 Oboist Mitchell Kuhn has twice been a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra during its annual Major/Minor concert. He earned those opportunities by being one of the winners of the annual Young Artists Concerto Competition for members of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | John Huston's The Misfits (1961): Marilyn Monroe’s and Clark Gable's final film


A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle. Director: John Huston. 124 min. John Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway"—a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." The film marked the last completed film of both Gable and Monroe. For Gable, the film was posthumously released, while Monroe died the following year. Despite on-set difficulties, Gable, Monroe, Clift and Wallach delivered performances that modern critics consider superb. Many critics regard Gable's performance as his finest, and Gable, after seeing the rough cuts, agreed. Monroe received the 1961 Golden Globe Award as "World Film Favorite" in March 1962, five months before her death. Directors Guild of America nominated Huston as best director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Films, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, John Huston's The Misfits (1961): Marilyn Monroe’s and Clark Gable's final film

Workshop | Writer's Circle


This workshop will begin by creating a caring community where participants can talk about who they are as writers. Then, they’ll answer that all important question: how can we develop a daily writing practice that allows us to live our lives while writing, all at the same time? No experience with writing is necessary, just a desire and commitment to make a writing practice part of your life.
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Workshops, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Writer's Circle

Author Reading | A conversation with local authors: the craft of writing mysteries


L.A. Chandler author of the best- selling Art Deco Mystery Series, R.J. Koreto, author of the Alice Roosevelt and Lady Frances Historical Mystery Series and D.A. Bartley author of the Abish Taylor Mystery Series come to discuss their books and the craft of writing mysteries. Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. Often with a closed circle of suspects, each suspect is usually provided with a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. One of the most popular mystery authors of all time is Agatha Christie, whose works include Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Death on the Nile (1937), and the world's best-selling mystery And Then There Were None (1939).
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Author Readings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, A conversation with local authors: the craft of writing mysteries

Opening Reception | Through the Brooklyn Bridge. Here Stood Mayakovsky


The exhibit is organized around the poet's journey to America in 1925, drawing on poems and photographs, including portraits of friends, colleagues, and people of art and culture Vladimir Mayakovsky met during his trip. In addition, it will include rare landscape sketches and drawings from the collection of the State Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky. This project is focused on the “American” period of the poet's life, the result of which was more than two dozen poems and his book of essays My Discovery of America. In the United States, the Mayakovsky lectured about Soviet Russia, the new revolutionary art, and gave poetry readings in New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Mayakovsky's long-awaited meeting with his friend David Burliuk took place in New York, where Burliuk, the father of Russian Futurism, lived with his family in the Bronx after leaving the Soviet Union. Upon his return to the USSR, he shared his impressions of America.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Through the Brooklyn Bridge. Here Stood Mayakovsky

Workshop | Resume Renovation


John Crant shows how making the cuts necessary to be seen as a stand-out during your job search actually increases the value of the items on your resume. The discussion includes: Resume: ‘New’ Definition Resume Goals Understanding ‘Stacks of Incoming Resumes’ One Page Resume, Unless It’s Two :-( John Crant has been speaking and educating through his seminar series at Corporate Events, with the YMCA in NYC, at The New York Public Library’s Job Search Central, his specially designed series is now coming to colleges and universities to teach the Secrets to Launching Your Career in a Changed Job Market and his Corporate Programs help teams excel.
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Workshops, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Resume Renovation

Classical Music | Sonatenabend performs


Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Sonatenabend performs

Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and more


K.J. McDonald, violin. Program Johann Sebastian Bach Partita No. 2 for solo violin in d minor Edward Elgar Violin Concerto in b minor Violinist K.J. McDonald has worked with composers Steve Reich, John Adams, and Kaija Saariaho, et al. His coaches include many renowned artists such as Merry Peckham, Donald Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick, Laurie Smukler, Samuel Rhodes, Matti Raekallio, Ida Levin and Richard Naill.
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Works by J.S. Bach and more

Book Discussion | The Idea of Communism: Ideological Insights


A lecture and discussion of The Idea of Communism, edited by Slavoj Žižekm et al. with: -- Aristides Baltas, philosopher and former Minister of Culture of Greece -- Eduardo Cadava, Department of English, Princeton University -- Rosalind Morris, anthropologist -- Bernard E. Harcourt, CCCCT
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Book Discussions, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, The Idea of Communism: Ideological Insights

Author Reading | The Job: the evolving world of work, challenges and possibilities


Over the past 50 years, productivity has grown almost six times faster than wages. The top earners are in the stratosphere compared to their average employee. At the same time, our identities and sense of purpose often revolve around the work we do. Boston University journalism professor and longtime correspondent for The Atlantic Ellen Ruppel Shell traveled across the U.S. and spoke with workers of all stripes to learn about the challenges modern employees face. In The Job: Work and Its Future she offers a compelling narrative, revealing startling truths and upending pervasive myths about how best to make work work in a globalized, digital world. Shell will be joined in conversation by retired New York Times labor journalist Steven Greenhouse, author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker (2008) and the forthcoming Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor (August 2019).
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Author Readings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, The Job: the evolving world of work, challenges and possibilities

Discussion | Land Value Capture: Theory and Practice


Public infrastructure has long played an instrumental role in the growth of our cities and largely accounts for the observed increase in land values. And yet, our funding mechanisms have failed to tap into this vast source of publicly created wealth, allowing it to be pocketed by private landlords. In this 5-session course, Dr. Marty Rowland traces the theory of Land Value Capture back to the work of Henry George and discusses its potential for driving the rebirth of our cities. Henry George (1839 -1897) was an American political economist and journalist. His writing was immensely popular in the 19th century, and sparked several reform movements of the Progressive Era. His writings also inspired the economic philosophy known as Georgism, based on the belief that people should own the value they produce themselves, but that the economic value derived from land (including natural resources) should belong equally to all members of society. Instructor: Dr. Marty Rowland. Thursdays: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6.
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Discussions, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Land Value Capture: Theory and Practice

Discussion | Representation: Critical Strategies in Art


This series will revolve around "representation," particularly as the term at once conjures critical strategies in art from previous decades; the necessity of diverse publics; and, against the backdrop of precarious governing institutions, recent impulses toward non-representative social structures on both ends of the political spectrum. The inaugural L.A.B. conversation of the winter season will feature presentations by visual artist and musician Lex Brown, songwriter and vocalist L'Rain, and teaching poet and artist Benjamin Krusling.
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Discussions, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Representation: Critical Strategies in Art

Author Reading | All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf


Author Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf’s modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death—a calamity that claimed her favorite person—she returned to that beloved novel as a way of wrestling with his memory and understanding her own grief. Smyth’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming. Through her inventive, highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse, and her artful adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Smyth guides us toward a new vision of Woolf’s most demanding and rewarding novel—and crafts an elegant reminder of literature’s ability to clarify and console. Katharine Smyth is a graduate of Brown University. She has worked for The Paris Review and taught at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Author Readings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

Opening Reception | Musical Pioneers: Paintings by Thomas Cale


The collection features Cale’s use of broad brush strokes and bold colors. The artist is known for a signature style that captures the essence of his subjects. Cale is also actively involved in the Hudson Valley arts community, where he’s served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Gallery@Rhinebeck. He has been a frequent part of the annual Art Studio Views Tour, serves on the Board of Rhinebeck Porchfest, and works as the art and music writer for Living Rhinebeck magazine, which he co-publishes.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Musical Pioneers: Paintings by Thomas Cale

Author Reading | Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LBGTQ Parents


This book celebrates "queerspawn" and the families/communities that raised them. Moving beyond The Kids Are Alright, the contributors in this volume break away from the pressures to be perfect and the demand to be well-adjusted. Spanning six decades, three continents and five countries, these are queerspawn stories told on their own terms.
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Author Readings, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LBGTQ Parents

Classical Music | Works by Mozart, Puccini and more


A concert of arias and songs from beloved composers such as Mozart (1756-1791), Puccini (1858-1924), Kern (1885-1945), Sondheim (b.1930) and more. Performers: Kristen Henry, soprano; Cody Wymore, piano; William Reid, singer.
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Concerts, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, Works by Mozart, Puccini and more

Comedy Club | The Blue Blazer Comedy Show


Local favorites Nick Birgis, Jeff Cerulli and Matt Azark invite some of their favorites comedians to perform on this weekly showcase. Lineups include comedians from Comedy Central, Late Night, and MTV. The audience is not required to wear a blue blazer.
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Comedy Clubs, January 23, 2019, 01/23/2019, The Blue Blazer Comedy Show

Classical Music | Works by Prokofiev and more


Chungho Lee, piano. Program Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:23 Robert Schumann Carnaval, Op. 9 Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
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