Musical Introduction Series

"The arts humanize us and give us a glimpse as to why we exist, why we are alive. The arts give us all that and more. Without the arts, we really die as a society." – Arturo O’Farrill, Grammy Award Winner


92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction Series empowers children in grades K-3 to explore the world’s musical genres and engage in music-making. Through exploration of rich musical traditions in class and at live performances, students cultivate a global perspective that nurtures for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

2016/2017 Season:
Music We Live In
Breath and Hammer
Nov 29, 30 & Dec 1, 2016

David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg's latest project, Breath and Hammer, is an innovative reimagining of the traditional clarinet and piano recital that integrates folk and improvisation-based music with classical masterworks.

“Adventurous ... soul-stirring ... brilliant” — Down Beat Magazine

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Jecorey “1200” Arthur
Jan 30, 31 & Feb 1, 2017

Jecorey “1200” Arthur is a music educator, composer, performer and curator from Louisville, KY. Although 1200's compositions can be considered hip hop, he is heavily influenced by classical music and fusion. He is a co-founder of United Legion of DOOM, a creative collective featuring musicians, artists, designers, producers and creative intellectuals from around the globe.

“A universal collaborator ... dedicated to making a difference on and off stage.” — Awards in the Arts

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Nathaniel Stampley and Bryonha Marie Parham
Apr 4, 5 & 6, 2017

“Nathaniel Stampley performs with force and verve, his magnificent voice booms through the theater, filled with determination and dignity.” — Planet North Shore

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Christian McBride and Tip City
May 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Five-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride has been one of the most important figures in the jazz world for 20 years.

“The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures.” — The New York Times

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