mannes school of music's schneider concerts series presents publiquartet

Repertoire includes Vijay Iyer and Rhiannon Giddens, as well as improvisations around the music of Dvorak, Fats Waller, Omette Coleman, Ida Cox, Alice Coltrane, Betty Davis, and Tina Turner

PUBLIQuartet, photo by Lelanie Foster

April 18, 2022, New York - On May 15th, 2022 at 2p.m. The Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School’s Mannes School of Music, presents the PUBLIQuartet in a program of  Vijay Iyer, Rhiannon Giddens and  Improvisations/recompositions of Dvorak, Fats Waller, Omette Coleman, Ida Cox, Alice Coltrane, Betty Davis, and Tina Turner. The performance will take place in The New School’s Auditorium at 66 W. 12th Street. Visit or call (212) 229-5873 for tickets and information.

All attendees are required to wear masks and present proof of vaccination. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Sunday, May 15, 2022,  2:00 p.m.

Vijay Iyer: Dig the Say (2012)
Rhiannon Giddens: At The Purchaser’s Option (2016)

"Pavement Pounding Rose" - Improvisations on Fats Waller
"Free Radicals": Improvisations on Ornette Coleman
"Wild Women Don't Get the Blues": Improvisations on Ida Cox, Alice Coltrane, Betty Davis and Tina Turner
"What is American": Improvisations on Dvorak's American Quartet

Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes including intermission

The Schneider Concerts’ mission to offer outstanding performance at accessible admission fees means that this exceptional program is available for about the cost of a movie ticket. Single tickets for $20 general admission and $17 for seniors are available, as well as stand-by $5 student tickets. Call (212) 229-5873 or visit for more information.

PUBLIQuartet is a GRAMMY®-nominated improvising string quartet whose contemporary repertoire blurs genres and highlights American multiculturalism. The quartet is recognized as one of the most innovative ensembles in the field, having received the 2019 Visionary Artists Award from Chamber Music America, the 2015 award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP/CMA, and the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. PUBLIQuartet has held artist residencies at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and has performed at Lincoln Center, Detroit Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and The Barns at Wolftrap. Their 2016 appearance on The Colbert Report, “Requiem for a Debate” - in which they improvised a live soundtrack to the third presidential debate - not only received over a million views, but saw the Washington Post declaring them "the winner...indubitably." PUBLIQuartet’s ingenuity extends to their educational initiatives and PUBLIQ Access, an initiative created to support emerging composers. PUBLIQuartet is committed to creating an inclusive performance space, supporting living composers of varying genres, and expanding the classical canon. Founded in 2010, PUBLIQuartet is based in New York City.

Hailed in The New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for six decades, The New School’s Mannes School for Music’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Dover, Calidore, Guarneri, Cleveland, and Vermeer String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. The series was founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts by violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, who led the series until his death in 1993, at which time the series was renamed The Schneider Concerts in his honor. Artistic leadership is now under the auspices of a committee of eight noted musicians: John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Support for the Schneider Concerts’ 66th Season is provided by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with 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.  

The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and draws together the iconic Mannes School of Music, the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the ground-breaking School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances.

The over 1,100 students at CoPA are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at CoPA collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at CoPA is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.


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