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“[My daughter] would have liked the performance to go on and on. Now that's what we call a great success.”—

Share your love of music with your family in these hour-long concerts held in 92Y’s Buttenweiser Hall. Pianist Orli Shaham, artistic director of 92Y’s pre-school program Baby Got Bach, brings her charm and passion to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, whose works are the focus of 92Y’s November concerts.

Orli will be joined by friends and Naomi Lewin, on-air host for WQXR and writer/producer/host for the nationally broadcast “Classics for Kids.”

Orli Shaham, piano
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Caroline Stinson, cello

Naomi Lewin, actor & narrator


The Family Music Series is underwritten by Eva Colin Usdan and John Usdan. Generous support is also provided by The Brodsky Family Foundation.


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Orli Shaham is one of five 92Y artists to answer the question “Why Beethoven?”

Orli Shaham performs Brahms’s Klavierstucke, IV. Intermezzo in F minor, & V. Romanza in F major.

On the Blog

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A Q&A with Orli Shaham about her 92Y all-Beethoven Family Concert on Oct 27.

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A profile on Orli Shaham by Marcia Ellet from St. Louis Woman magazine.

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Artist Bios

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Orli Shaham

Photo: Christian Steiner

With this afternoon’s concert, Orli Shaham makes her debut on 92nd Street Y’s series of Family Concerts for ages 6 and over. She is currently artistic director of Baby Got Bach, the innovative and highly acclaimed series of classical concerts for preschoolers. Baby Got Bach provides hands-on activities with musical instruments, and concepts and concert performances that promote good listening skills. It is entering its second season at 92Y and has been presented in St. Louis and Aspen.

Recognized for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli has been hailed by critics on four continents. She has performed with most of the major orchestras in the US, as well as the BBC and Sydney symphonies, Israel and Stockholm philharmonics and Filarmonica della Scala, among others. She is a frequent guest at numerous summer festivals, including Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Verbier, and she has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and many other famous halls around the world.

Among the highlights of her 2013/14 season, Orli joins the Cincinnati Symphony to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety and Steven Mackay’s Stumble to Grace, a piano concerto written specifically for her. She also appears with the Florida and Winston-Salem orchestras, the Portland Symphony (Maine) and others. In addition, Orli celebrates her sixth season as curator and performer of the Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California.

Also this season, Orli releases two new recordings: the world premiere recording of Steve Mackey’s Stumble to Grace with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by David Robertson; and the first in a series of solo discs focusing on Brahms’s late piano music. This past June, she joined her brother, violinist Gil Shaham, to release a CD of Hebrew melodies titled Nigunim for Canary Classics. The CD’s title piece is a new work by Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman and was commissioned by the Shahams and 92Y.

Beyond her performance career, Orli has taught music literature at Columbia University and contributed articles to Piano Today, Symphony and Playbill magazines and NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog. She has hosted the nationally-broadcast “Dial-a-Musician” and “America’s Music Festivals” series, and she served as artist in residence on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” She studied at The Juilliard School and at Columbia University, where she earned a degree in history. Her website is

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Adam Barnett-Hart

Photo: J. Henry Fair

Violinist Adam Barnett-Hart made his debut with the Juilliard Symphony at age 19, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto in Alice Tully Hall. He has since performed with such orchestras as the Colorado, Jefferson, Riverside and Wichita Falls symphonies; the Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Adam is a member of the Escher String Quartet and a touring member of the International Sejong Soloists. He was a top prize winner in the 2001 and 2002 Irving M. Klein competitions in San Francisco. He began studying with Pinchas Zukerman after graduating from The Juilliard School, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

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Caroline Stinson

Photo: Alicia Hansen

Cellist Caroline Stinson has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series, Le Poisson Rouge and Bargemusic in New York; the Winspear Centre in Edmonton; Cité de la Musique Strasbourg and the Lucerne Festival. As a soloist, she has performed with the Banff Festival Orchestra, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Syracuse Symphony, and she has commissioned several new works. Caroline's debut CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records, and she can be heard on more than a dozen chamber music CDs. Caroline is co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music in NY State and teaches at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.

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Naomi Lewin


Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR and the host of WQXR’s bi-weekly podcast "Conducting Business." She was previously the midday host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. In Cincinnati, Naomi began writing and hosting the award-winning weekly program "Classics for Kids," which now airs on radio stations across the country. She has also produced feature stories and music programs for national broadcast, and intermission features for the Metropolitan Opera, and she has been an essayist for NPR’s "Weekend Edition Sunday." A former singer and actress, Naomi appears onstage as narrator for concert programs, and she has given talks on opera.

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