Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and Music
Concert and Lecture, Monday, November 18, 8 p.m.

"One of the five greatest composers for the piano since Beethoven"
- Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)



A concert of the work of Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888), a remarkable and enigmatic French composer and virtuoso pianist (and a friend and rival of Chopin and Liszt). In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alkan this year, concerts are being held around the world. Many of the works played at this event will be New York premieres. Donald Wagner, a leading authority on Alkan, will offer comments and context on Alkan's life and music.

A wide range of Charles Valentin Alkan’s music, including solo piano, chamber, concerted, and vocal works will be performed by students from Mannes College The New School for Music. This is the only New York City presentation of Alkan’s music on the occasion of this anniversary. Fifty years ago, New York was the site of an event that galvanized the modern revival of interest in Alkan.

Presented by Center for Jewish History, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Mannes College The New School for Music


Donald Wagner, Alkan scholar and expert

Musicians from Mannes College The New School for Music

WHEN Monday, November 18, 8 p.m.
WHERE Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
TICKETS Admission is $15 general; $10 CJH and YIVO members, Mannes College affiliates, senior citizens and students at SmartTix or 212-868-4444

Mannes College The New School for Music develops the next generation of classical musician/citizens by combining the music conservatory traditions with the cutting-edge advantage of being part of The New School, the nation's foremost progressive university. Founded in 1916, the Mannes formula for quality education has capitalized on its world-class faculty, location in the heart of the global arts capital, small class size, and a living tradition of rigor and depth that develops strong technique and great artistry. The Mannes ethos forms the basis of a vibrant community, whether you are a degree or diploma student in the College or Extension divisions, or a young person studying in Mannes Prep. In this second decade of the 21st century, when demands on artists are greater and more complex than ever, Mannes is committed to providing a wide range of exciting learning and knowledge building in partnership with its sister divisions of The New School, including one of the world's great design schools, Parsons The New School for Design; the liberal arts at Eugene Lang College; public policy, business, and civic engagement in The New School for Public Engagement; and cross disciplinary arts learning at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and The New School for Drama. For more information on Mannes and The New School visit


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Sam Biederman, The New School

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