The Bloomingdale School of Music is Just One Go-To Source for Nearby Concerts
Yes, it's a neighborhood institution especially if you are looking for lessons, but did you know that the Bloomingdale School of Music also has a nonstop series of concerts, most of which are free, that are just waiting for you? The concert schedule is here and some of BSM's November offerings are below.
In fact, there are lots of musical options nearby. Columbia's Miller Theatre has free pop-up concerts such as one on November 21st by Regional de NY, a Brazilian choro band.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 225 W. 99th Street offers choral, organ and piano concerts as well as the occasional opera (not to mention an interesting film series). There's a concert on November 26th, but it isn't free!
And don't forget Vita and Ishmael Wallace's Orfeo Duo! Their local concerts are here.
And finally, keep an eye out for Julia Spring's "Meet Your Talented Neighbors" column in the Block Association newsletter. Often, it features other musicians and their upcoming gigs, though not necessarily right nearby.
Obviously, there's much more if you dig. I've written about Bloomingdale's musical roots before...they run deep.
Selections from the Bloomingdale School of Music
Friday, November 3rd
7pm - 8pm Virtuosic Voice of the Violin: As part of Bloomingdale School of Music's FREE concert series, faculty artist Claudia Schaer presents a concert of virtuosic violin music spanning the years from 1893-2017. Two of the works were commission specifically for Claudia and will have their debut in violin/piano arrangement on this day. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street).
Saturday, November 11th
7pm - 8pm Bernstein Brass Bash: As part of Bloomingdale School of Music's FREE concert series, BSM celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th anniversary in a concert featuring rarely heard works for brass instruments including a brilliant arrangement of music from West Side Story. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street).
Friday, November 17th
7pm - 8pm Roots and Branches: Jazz Explorations on World Music Traditions: As part of Bloomingdale School of Music's FREE concert series, voice faculty member Jocelyn Medina and a quartet present a diverse program of music from India, Africa, and Brazil incorporated into her original jazz-based compositions. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street).
Saturday, November 18th
3:00pm - 5:00pm Jazz Discovery Day Open Workshop: Learn to play jazz in a free, no-pressure group setting. All instruments, ages and abilities welcome! No prior experience or knowledge required. Performances by BSM faculty members, reception to follow. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street).