Kaufman Music Center pop-up music showcase returns, February 3
Last winter, the Kaufman Music Center brought live music back to New York City with a series of free, pop-up concerts that delighted 31,000 spectators and provided work for more than 200 artists when theaters were dark and institutions cultural centers were still closed.
Starting Thursday, February 3, the popular showcase series returns with an all-new season of surprise performances ranging from classical, jazz, and The Great American Songbook to R&B, gospel, and groundbreaking new music from artists who dynamically connect the genres and cultures. 2022 performers include soloists, duos, string quartets, chamber ensembles, Broadway stars, vocal ensembles and more, including many artists who have performed at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall.
This year, Kaufman Music Center is working with even more community partners as the Musical Storefronts series continues to share the joy and sense of connection that live music inspires in New Yorkers of all ages and walks of life. The concerts take place in a storefront-turned-performance venue located at 30 Lincoln Plaza at the northeast corner of Broadway and W. 62nd Street, and are amplified by a public address system for passers-by on the street. Performances will take place several days a week at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. + 1 p.m., and at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. + 6 p.m. Artists and programs will be announced as they become available on the Kaufman Music Center website (https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/musicalstorefronts/) and on social media. Series direction support is provided by Con Edison as part of the company’s Arts Al Fresco Series, the Howard Gilman Foundation and Ether Advisory Partners, with space generously provided by Milstein Properties.
“The Kaufman Music Center has enabled everyone in our community to play music,” said board member Gale A. Brewer. “The return of Musical Storefronts this winter will bring unexpected moments of joy and connection to Upper West Side residents. And we’ve never needed them more.”
Nikki Renée Daniels, a Kaufman Music Center administrator who currently stars in Company on Broadway, says, “Musical Storefronts is a wonderful outlet for artists who want to take advantage of the opportunities to perform live, while also giving passers-by the unexpected gift of the music. Kaufman Music Center’s devotion to providing work for these artists, while building the community around them are just a few of the reasons I am so proud to be part of the organization. »
“Con Edison is thrilled to kick off the second year of the Arts Al Fresco series with the Kaufman Music Center’s Musical Storefronts Pop-Up Series,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison’s senior vice president, Corporate Affairs. “Con Edison remains committed to making the arts accessible to all New Yorkers.”