Schneider Concerts

  • Celebrate Six Decades of Discovering Great New Chamber Ensembles, Artists, and Works

    In 1957, when the series was founded, excellent, financially and physically accessible chamber music was a rarity. Lincoln Center had just been built, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was still more than a decade away. Founding artistic director Alexander Schneider saw a need and brought outstanding, affordable concerts to The New School. He led brilliant chamber orchestra performances, introduced exceptional young artists and ensembles, and brought new music to the series — all at ticket prices anyone could afford. Today audiences still need outstanding, accessible, affordable, and adventurous concerts. The 2016-2017 season honors Alexander Schneider and the tradition he established.

    Outstanding young artists from the United States and abroad join the ranks of the illustrious musicians who performed in the series early in their careers, artists including Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Guarneri String Quartet.

    Alexander Schneider, founder and music director (1957–1993)
    Music advisers: John Dalley, Pamela Frank,* Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin,* Anthony McGill,* Kurt Muroki,* Tara O'Connor, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree
    Advisory committee members: Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, Theodore Harris, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen,* Jani Tree, Helen Wright
    *Alumna or alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar

    All concerts take place at The New School's Auditorium, located at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).

    Subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the hall one hour before each concert. Cash or check only for same-day in-person ticket purchase.

    Schneider Concerts' Sixtieth Anniversary Season


    CHO-LIANG LIN, violin

    Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission

    Jaime Laredo, who first appeared in the Schneider Concerts in 1961, conducts an orchestra of alumni from the Schneider Concerts' sister program, the internationally acclaimed New York String Orchestra Seminar.
    George Frideric Handel Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6 (1739)
    Antonio Vivaldi Sinfonia in B Minor, Al Santo Sepolcro (c. 1730)    
    Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F Minor, La Passione (1768)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364 (1779) 
    Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola

    SARAH SHAFER soprano; ITAMAR ZORMAN violin; AMY YANG piano

    Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission

    Franz Schubert Songs tba (c. 1814-28)                    
    Franz Schubert Rondo in B Minor for Violin and Piano (1826)
    Charles Ives Songs tba (c. 1922-1935)
    Johann Sebastian Bach Erbarme Dich arr. for Voice, Violin and Piano from the Saint Matthew Passion (1727)  
    George Frideric Handel German Arias tba (c. 1720-49) 
    Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin No. 2 (1923-1927)


    Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    Founded in 2015; Gold Medal and Grand Prize winners, 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. This concert marks the quartet's Schneider Concerts debut.
    Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt, violin
    Colin Brookes, viola; Grace Ho, cello
    Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914; 1918)
    Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat Major, Op. 118 (1964)  
    Christopher Stark Winter Music (2016) - New York Premiere
    Claude Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893)


    Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.  
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    First Prize, 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. This concert marks the quartet's Schneider Concerts debut.
    Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violin
    Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola; Zizai Ning, cello
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (1783)
    Atar Arad Whims for String Quartet (2015) - New York Premiere
    Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117 (1964) 


    Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour with no intermission

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the internationally acclaimed Orion Quartet, Mannes' quartet-in-residence, first appeared in the Schneider Concerts in 1990.
    Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violin
    Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello
    Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet, Op. 51, The Seven Last Words of Christ (1787)  


    Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including intermission

    The Dover Quartet, which made its Schneider Concerts debut in 2010, joins forces with the Orion Quartet (members listed above).
    Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin 
    Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello 
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 (1787) - Dover Quartet and Steven Tenenbom, viola  
    Felix Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1832) - Dover and Orion Quartets
    Leon Kirchner String Quartet No. 2 (1958) - Orion Quartet


    A Special Concert Celebrating Six Decades of the Schneider Concerts' Commitment to New Music with three premieres and revisiting a work we premiered 56 years ago.

    Sunday, May 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m. 
    Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission

    Luciano Berio Circles for female voice, harp and percussionists (1960) - New York premiere in Schneider Concerts in 1961
         Tony Arnold, soprano; Bridget Kibbey, harp; James Baker and Daniel Druckman, percussion  
    Matthew Ricketts Song Cycle (2012) - U.S. Premiere
         Tony Arnold, soprano; Héloïse Degrugillier, recorders; Gabriela Diaz, viola

    CALIDORE STRING QUARTET - made its New York debut in the Schneider Concerts in 2013

    Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violin 
    Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello 
    Caroline Shaw String Quartet, First Essay: Nimrod (2016) - New York Premiere
    Hannah Lash String Quartet, How to Remember Seeds (2017) - World Premiere of New Commission*

    *Commissioned by the Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School's Mannes College of Music in celebration of the series' 60th anniversary. Funded by the Alexander Schneider Foundation, with additional support from the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund.

    Contact Us

    New School Concerts
    55 West 13th Street, room 929
    New York, NY 10011
    Fax: 212.229.5306

    Founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts, this series was renamed the Schneider Concerts in 1993 in honor of founding artistic director Alexander Schneider. Its mission is to provide exposure for outstanding emerging professional chamber artists and to present high-quality chamber music performances at modest ticket prices to ensure access for all New Yorkers.

    The Schneider Concerts Series is made possible with support from our subscribers and the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Please call 212.229.5873 or email if you would like to join our supporters and to find out more about planned giving.