Since the launch of the Concert Series in 1936, 92Y has welcomed the world’s most illustrious artists to its stage. In its first decades, guests included Jascha Heifetz, Andrés Segovia, Rudolf Serkin and Isaac Stern; the famed Budapest String Quartet made annual appearances from 1938-65.
Jazz first arrived at 92Y in 1955 with a concert by Thelonious Monk and Art Farmer, followed by Sarah Vaughan in 1959. In 1971, 92Y commemorated another American musical legacy with Lyrics & Lyricists, a series of conversations with major figures from the American Songbook, including E. Y. (Yip) Harburg, Johnny Mercer, Comden & Green, Alan Jay Lerner and Stephen Sondheim.
92Y Concerts is now recognized as one of the world’s foremost presenters of innovative musical programming. Among recent highlights are a three-week multi-disciplinary exploration of the music from Terezín/Theresienstadt; a 103rd birthday tribute to Elliott Carter; composer surveys ranging from J. S. Bach to Jörg Widmann; and commissions and premieres of works by the leading composers of our time.
92Y Concerts programming now focuses on several key areas:
- Chamber music and solo recitals: the heart of 92Y’s musical offerings. Among the highlights are series curated by an artist or artists pursuing a particular interest, showcases of artists who may be unfamiliar to New York audiences and individual concerts by artists who are encouraged to explore their passions. Among those artists who often appear at 92Y are Christian Tetzlaff, Jennifer Koh, Steven Isserlis, András Schiff, Peter Serkin and the Tokyo String Quartet.
- Music of the Guitar: 92Y is New York’s home for classical guitar through its Guitar Institute, the four-concert Art of the Guitar series and the biennial Guitar Marathon, under the leadership of artistic director Benjamin Verdery. Returning guests include Pepe Romero, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barrueco, Paul O’Dette, Sérgio and Odair Assad, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
- Jazz: 92Y presents a three-concert series 92Y Jazz and a two-week Jazz in July summer festival, led by artistic director Bill Charlap. The festival features dozens of jazz artists, from newcomers to NEA Jazz Masters, such as Barbara Carroll, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, Randy Napoleon, Frank Wess and Phil Woods.
- Lyrics & Lyricists: What began as one-on-one interviews has now become a critically-acclaimed series of musical revues that explore various figures and themes from the American Songbook. The series is curated by Deborah Grace Winer; each program is created by a leader in musical theatre, such as Ted Chapin, Rob Fisher, David Loud and Ted Sperling; and casts are drawn from the stars of Broadway and cabaret, like Christine Andreas, Debra Monk, James Naughton and Billy Stritch.
- Family Concerts: With a deep commitment to education, 92Y has created family programming tailored to specific age groups to ensure that the appreciation of music reaches its young audience. For pre-schoolers, Orli Shaham curates a series entitled “Baby Got Bach.” For ages 6 & up, 92Y’s three-concert Family Music series explores different musical cultures.
For more information about 92Y Concerts call 212.415.5740 or email