mannes school of music's schneider concerts announces free on-demand streaming of 2021-2022 season concerts

Featuring the Abeo, Balourdet, and PUBLIQuartet string quartets performing music of Haydn, Debussy, Brahms, and Shostakovich, contemporary works by Childs, Young, Giddins, and Iyer, and improvisational works inspired by Tina Turner, Ornette Coleman, Dvorak, and more

July 6, 2022, New York - The Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School’s Mannes School of Music, is now offering free on-demand streaming of live performances to increase access to high quality chamber music performance. [Links below].

New School Concerts was founded in 1957 by violinist Alexander Schneider, a celebrated musician and refugee from the Nazis, with the mission to offer training to outstanding music students, provide performance opportunities for emerging classical professionals, and present high quality concerts accessible to all. At the time, Schneider had a very simple vision of access; charge just $1 per ticket. In the past 60+ years, we have remained committed to excellent music, and our idea of access has evolved to include:

  • Affordable ticket prices

  • Serving elderly New Yorkers

  • Going beyond ADA compliance

  • 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

We are pleased to announce that we continued to expand our definition of access even further. We are now able to offer high quality audio/video recordings for free, on-demand so that those who are unable to leave their homes to attend public events, or those who are in high risk categories for COVID and thus must avoid large public gatherings, can now also access and enjoy these concerts.

Closed captions are available for spoken portions of the concerts, and voiceover is included for all text only portions of the videos to provide the best experience we can for those with auditory or visual impairments.

Abeo String Quartet - https://youtu.be/1Ncp5QPO9x8
Performed Live – Sunday, April 10, 2022

Franz Josef Haydn String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2 (1797-1798)
Billy Childs 
"Awakening" (2012)
Dmitri Shostakovich 
String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 (1946)

Balourdet String Quartet – New York Debut - https://youtu.be/29rKJyO9-Ec
Performed Live - Sunday, March 20, 2022

Franz Josef Haydn String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise" (1797-1798)
Claude Debussy 
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893)
Nina C. Young 
String Quartet "Memento Mori" (2013) 
Johannes Brahms 
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1873)

PUBLIQuartet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCDUE-9v5hw
Performed Live – Sunday, May 15, 2022

Vijay Iyer 
String Quartet "Dig the Say" (2012)
"Pavement Pounding Rose": Improvisations on Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929)
"Free Radicals": Improvisations inspired by Ornette Coleman's "Law Years" (1972) and "Street Woman" (1972)
"Wild Women Don't Get the Blues": Improvisations inspired by the music of Ida Cox, Tina Turner, Betty Davis, and Alice Coltrane
Rhiannon Giddens 
"At The Purchaser's Option" (2016), arr. PUBLIQuartet (2021)
“What Is American?” (2016): Improvisation/re-composition of Antonín Dvořák "American" String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 (1893)

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. All concerts are physically accessible. Seating accommodations, large print programs, and assistive listening devices are available upon request. Call (212) 229-5873 or visit www.newschool.edu/mannes/schneider-concerts for more information.

Abeo Quartet
The Abeo Quartet, 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition silver medal winner, has performed at The Kennedy Center and in Oslo and has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. Formed at Juilliard in 2018, the quartet also won the Judges Special Recognition Award at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The Abeo is the inaugural graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Delaware as students of the Calidore Quartet. The quartet chose the name Abeo / ah - bey - oh /  — which is an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect — to reflect their love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.

Balourdet String Quartet
The Balourdet Quartet, is in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition as well as the top prize awarded in the 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The group is 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Gedal winner, the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition Gold Medal and Audience Award winner, and the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition second prize winner. The Quartet takes its name from Antoine Balourdet, chef extraordinaire at the Hotel St. Bernard and beloved member of the Taos School of Music community. 

PUBLIQuartet is a GRAMMY®-nominated, improvising string quartet with contemporary repertoire that 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. 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.

Schneider Concerts
Hailed in the New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for over six decades, The New School’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. In 1957, when the series was founded, excellent and mixed programs offering the wealth of great instrumental and vocal chamber music were 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. The series’ remarkable history includes New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin, and Guarneri, Cleveland, Vermeer, and Johannes String Quartets. 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. More recently, the series has presented New York debuts of the Dover, Calidore, Calder, Viano, Verona and Balourdet string quartets.

Support for the Schneider Concerts’ 2021-2022 Season 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.  

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For high resolution images of the artists and ensembles, please contact Rohana Elias-Reyes at (646) 221-5608 or [email protected]


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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