mannes school of music announces schneider concerts 2022-2023 season

Emerging and celebrated artists perform beloved, familiar chamber pieces and more than a dozen contemporary works

The Calidore String Quartet and Abeo Quartet

July 26, 2022, New York - The Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School’s Mannes School of Music, announces their 2022-2023 season.

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2pm
Calidore String Quartet and Abeo Quartet 
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
Hannah Lash: Quartet “How to Remember Seeds”

The Calidore String Quartet made its 2013 New York Debut on this series, and within a short span of years won top prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions, and was recipient of the 2016 M-Prize, a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The Calidore returns to play alongside the Abeo Quartet, which they coach as the University of Delaware’s inaugural graduate-quartet-in-residence. The Abeo Quartet took First Prize and the Audience Favorite Prize in the 2022 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, Silver Medals in the 2022 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition and the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Abeo will perform Lash’s “How to Remember Seeds” commissioned for the Calidore Quartet in 2017 by the Schneider Concerts in celebration of the series’ 50th Season. A video of the Abeo Quartet’s appearance on the 2021-2022 Schneider Concerts series is available HERE.

November 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Ivalas Quartet - New York Debut
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op 130
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet No. 1

The Ivalas Quartet has been changing the face of classical music since its 2017 inception at the University of Michigan. Dedicated to the celebration of BIPOC voices, Ivalas seeks to disrupt the classical music world by spotlighting BIPOC composers such as Jessie Montgomery, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Eleanor Alberga. The Ivalas Quartet spent 2019-2022 in residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder under the mentorship of the Takács Quartet and has been coached by the Emerson, St. Lawrence, Ying, and Calidore string quartets. The appearance marks the quartet’s New York Debut.

January 15, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Viano String Quartet with Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
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” - NY Premiere

Co-first prize winner of the 2019 Banff International Quartet Competition, and scheduled to make its NY Debut on this series in 2021, Covid forced a redirect to an online presentation. The Viano  Quartet debuted on the series in 2022, and now returns for a full program including the New York Premiere of the Quintet version of Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s “Primal Message,” along with guest Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, violist of the Dover Quartet (which made its own New York Debut on this series in 2010).

March 19, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Isidore String Quartet - New York Debut
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

Comprised of recent Juilliard School graduates, New York-based, emerging ensemble, the Isidore Quartet is currently participating in the 2022 Ravinia Steans Institute and the  2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and is already being invited to perform at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center in D.C. This performance marks the Isidore Quartet’s professional New York Debut, and includes a U.S. premiere of Sri Lankan-born Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne, and the New York premiere of Iranian Composer Aida Sharazi’s “Umbra” played alongside familiar & beloved works of Bach and Britten; demonstrating the the Juilliard String Quartet’s influence on the group and the Isidore’s embrace of its idea of ‘treating the old as if it were new, and the new as if it were old.

April 2, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Umama Womama - New York Debut
Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie in A Major for violin and harp
Trio and solo works by the members - New York Premieres

In 2019, Flutist Valerie Coleman, Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and harpist Hannah Lash joined forces to create a composer’s collective performance ensemble. This presentation marks Umama Womama’s New York Debut, including premieres by all three members, and works by these composers are featured throughout the season. Each woman is an outstanding musician and composer in her own right. Coleman is the founder of Imani Winds, was named Performance Today's 2020 Classical Woman of the year, and was listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” in the Washington Post. As a harpist, Lash enjoys a varied and active career. She has been presented and featured by such venues and organizations as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, NY Philharmonic Biennial, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Morton Arboretum in Chicago. As a composer she has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship (2011) and Fellowship (2016) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. As a performer, Ngwenyama gained international prominence winning the Primrose International Viola Competition at age 16, she has performed with orchestras and as a recitalist the world over. As a composer, she has been commissioned and presented by venues including the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Detroit Symphony and Canada’s National Orchestra.

MAY 7, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
WINDSYNC wind quintet
Samuel Barber: Summer Music
Mark Mellits: Wind Quintet “Apollo”- New York Premiere
Jean-Philippe Rameau/arr. Kara LaMoure: Pastoral Suite
Valerie Coleman: Wind Quintet “Umoja”
Nathalie Joachim: New Work (2023) - New York Premiere
Co-commission with lead commissioner Emerald City Music (Seattle)

WindSync launched an international touring career after winning the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2018, they were medalists at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. WindSync has appeared in recitals at the Met Museum, Ravinia, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The Schneider Concerts is a chamber music series dedicated to access. Founded in 1957 by Alexander “Sasha” Schneider, second violinist of the famed Budapest Quartet and refugee from the Nazis. Initially founded with a very simple idea of access to all for an exceptionally high level of chamber music performance; charge $1/ticket.  That idea has expanded greatly in the past 60+ years, and now includes:

  • Affordable ticket prices

  • Serving elderly New Yorkers

  • Going beyond ADA compliance

  • Supporting emerging professional ensembles

  • Bringing attention to contemporary composers

  • Opening our vision to include multidisciplinary approaches to chamber music

  • Continually reviewing our work through a lens of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice to ensure that we move beyond classical music's historical white focus, to be welcoming to, and supportive of, audiences and artists from all backgrounds

Hailed in the New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for more than six decades, The New School’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history includes dozens of celebrated New York debuts, including those of pianist Peter Serkin and the Guarneri, Cleveland, Vermeer, Dover, Calidore, Calder and Johannes String Quartets. Artists and ensembles such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Pamelia Frank, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers.

Today, New York audiences still need outstanding, accessible, affordable, and adventurous concerts as much as they did in 1957 when this series was founded, and the Schneider Concerts continues its tradition of excellence.

The Schneider Concerts 2022-2023 season is supported 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.  

Subscriptions and single tickets on sale now
The Schneider Concerts is committed to financial and physical access as reflected in our traditionally low ticket prices and the accommodations provided in our hall on 12th Street, including early seating for those with disabilities, large print programs, and assistive listening devices.

$90: Six-concert subscription
$20: General admission
$17: Seniors and people with disabilities
$5: Student standby ticket (full-time students with school ID). Standby tickets cannot be purchased in advance

For programming details and to purchase tickets, visit, email [email protected] or call 212.229.5873

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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