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 advisors: John Dalley, Pamela Frank,* Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin,* Anthony McGill,* Kurt Muroki,* Tara O'Connor, Arnold Steinhardt
Advisory committee members: Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen,* Jani Tree
*Alumnus or alumna of the New York String Orchestra Seminar
Schneider Concerts 2022–2023 Season
Emerging and Celebrated Artists Perform Beloved, Familiar Chamber Pieces and More than a Dozen Contemporary Works
This season offers well-known, beloved chamber pieces and introduces audiences to beautiful new works that weave musical traditions from Africa, Southeast Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East into an art form often viewed as only European.
All concerts will be held in The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street.
Throughout the 2022–2023 season, we remain committed to you, our audience members, with your safety and confidence our priority.
For the time being, those attending concerts must:
- Wear masks
- Show a vaccine card or NYS Excelsior pass and ID verifying full vaccination status (including booster)
Those who refuse to do so will not be allowed into the hall.
If, due to COVID-19, you are unable to attend a concert or we need to reschedule, change venues, or cancel, we will honor requests for refunds or exchanges
Calidore String Quartet and Abeo Quartet
Sunday, November 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m.—Watch excerpts of the performance on our YouTube Channel
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Samuel Barber: String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 11
Han Lash: Quartet “How to Remember Seeds”
Han Lash's String Quartet No. 1 "How to Remember Seeds" was commissioned in 2016 by the Schneider Concerts chamber music series, a program of The New School's Mannes School of Music, in celebration of the series' 60th anniversary, and funded by the Alexander Schneider Foundation, with additional support from the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund.
Ivalas String Quartet—New York Debut
Sunday, November 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m.—Watch the performance on our YouTube Channel
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet No. 1
Viano String Quartet with Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Viola
Sunday, January 15, 2023, 2:00 p.m.—Watch the performance on our YouTube Channel
Franz Schubert: “Death and the Maiden”
Astor Piazzolla: Introduccion al Angel
Krzysztof Penderecki: Quartet No. 3 “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary”
Nokuthula Ngwenyama: Viola Quintet “Primal Message”—New York Premiere
Isidore String Quartet—New York Debut
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 2:00 p.m.—Purchase single tickets and find more details of this concert here
J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue (selections)
Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36
Aida Shirazi: Quartet “Umbra”—New York Premiere
Dinuk Wijeratne: Quartet “The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini"—U.S. Premiere
Umama Womama—New York Debut
Sunday, April 2, 2023, 2:00 p.m.—Purchase single tickets and find more details of this concert here
Valerie Coleman, flute
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Han Lash, harp
Han Lash: Imaginary Prelude
Nokuthula Ngwenyama: Arthur's Dance for solo viola—East Coast Premiere
Valerie Coleman: Danza de la Mariposa for solo flute
Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie in A Major for violin and harp
Umama Womama: Three Pieces for Flute, Viola, and Harp—New York Premiere
WINDSYNC wind quintet
Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2:00 p.m.—Purchase single tickets and find more details of this concert here
Jean-Philippe Rameau/arr. Kara LaMoure: Pastoral Suite
Akshaya Avril Tucker: "Hold Sacred"—New York Premiere
Mark Mellits: Wind Quintet “Apollo”—New York Premiere
Miguel de Aguila: Quinteto Sinfónico—New York Premiere
Miguel de Aguila: Sambeada—New York Premiere
Valerie Coleman: Wind Quintet “Umoja”
Nathalie Joachim: "Stumble, Fall, Fly"—New York Premiere
Co-commission with lead commissioner Emerald City Music (Seattle)
Watch Past Performances on Our YouTube Channel
March 20, 2022—Balourdet Quartet NY Debut | Haydn, Brahms, Debussy, and Nina C. Young
April 10, 2022—Abeo Quartet | Haydn, Shostakovich, and Billy Childs
May 15, 2022—PUBLIQuartet | Vijay Ayer, Rhiannon Giddens, and improvisations inspired by Dvorak, Coleman, Waller, and many more
November 6, 2022—Calidore and Abeo String Quartets | excerpted performance of Mendelssohn and Han Lash
January 15, 2023—Viano String Quartet with guest violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt | Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Krzysztof Penderecki, Astor Piazzolla, and Franz Schubert
The Schneider Concerts Is Committed to Accessibility
- Accessible seating, large-print programs, and assistive listening devices are available at all live events.
- Streamed events include captions and voiceover of any information provided only by text on video.
- Tickets purchased for streamed events include the premiere and the ability to replay the event as many times as desired over the next 30 days.
- When purchasing your ticket, please make note of any additional accommodations you may require, or contact us at [email protected]
Information for Ensembles Interested in Appearing in the Series
The Schneider Concerts focuses on presenting outstanding emerging chamber ensembles. If you would like us to consider your ensemble for an upcoming series, please note that our season of Sunday afternoon concerts runs from October to April. Please
submit the following materials by email to [email protected] or by mail to New School Concerts, 55 West 13th Street, room 929, New York, NY 10011:
- Downloadable recordings (or a CD if you choose to mail your materials) of three to four complete works; please include Classical or Romantic repertoire for at least two of the works. We request submissions of contemporary and modern works for the
- Repertoire proposals for the upcoming season. Please give us at least a few options and include timings.
- Ensemble biography and website URL.
Please make sure that all components of your submission are clearly labeled with your ensemble's name and that you have included contact information with your submission.
NOTE: We cannot engage you if are not an American citizen or do not have the appropriate work visa.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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 “Sasha” Schneider, conductor, violinist, and member of the famed Budapest String Quartet. Established with the aim of offering access to chamber music performance at an exceptionally high level to all (tickets at that time cost only $1), the series has expanded its goals in the past 60-plus years to include:
- Offering affordable tickets
- Supporting emerging chamber artists
- Focusing on serving older New Yorkers
- Going beyond ADA compliance
- Opening our vision to include multidisciplinary approaches to chamber music
- Continually reviewing our work through the lens of equity, inclusion, and social justice to ensure that are welcoming to, and supportive of, audiences and artists from all backgrounds
The series has been guided by Frank Salomon since 1959 and administered by Rohana Elias-Reyes since 2001. Guided by music advisors John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor, and Arnold Steinhardt, the series carries forward Mr. Schneider’s commitment to providing early career exposure to exceptional young artists and ensembles and offering outstanding concerts at modest ticket prices to ensure access for all. Pianist Peter Serkin and cellist Yo-Yo Ma received early career exposure on the series, and the Guarneri, Dover, and Calidore string quartets are among the many ensembles to receive their New York Debuts on the series.
The 2022-2023 Schneider Concerts Season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Support for contemporary works by American composers is provided by the Copland Fund.