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Tisch Center for the Arts

Jazz in July 2009 in the Kaufmann Concert Hall (Photo Credit: Cory Weaver)

About the Center

For more than 70 years, 92nd Street Y has been a source of performing arts and a voice for literature. With an international reputation for excellence and innovation, 92Y Concerts welcomes artists of the highest caliber for brilliant performances of programs that are both entertaining and intriguing.

The Unterberg Poetry Center has hosted the nation’s leading authors through its reading series and has furthered the literary arts through its diverse programming. In 1990, 92Y’s musical and literary programs united under the auspices of the Tisch Center for the Arts, endowed through a generous gift from the Joan H. and Preston Robert Tisch Foundation.

92y concerts

Since the launch of its Concert Series in 1936, 92Y has enjoyed international renown for its music presentations. In its early years, guests included Jascha Heifetz, Andrés Segovia, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Alan Jay Lerner and Sarah Vaughan.

92Y Concerts offers a vibrant and richly diverse program of chamber music, solo recitals, jazz, the American Songbook and family concerts tailored to specific ages. It promotes new music through commissions and has presented the New York recital debut of young artists. Among musical stars who have recently appeared here are Garrick Ohlsson, Joshua Bell, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, the Tokyo String Quartet, Raul Esperaza and Tony Bennett.

For more information about 92Y Concerts call 212.415.5740 / email

Unterberg Poetry Center

The Unterberg Poetry Center is one of the nation’s foremost centers for the literary arts. Its illustrious reading series has hosted writers in every genre as well as dramatic productions and celebrations of classic literature.

Among past literary lions who read in the series are W. H. Auden, Saul Bellow, Elizabeth Bishop, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore and Vladimir Nabokov while recent guests have included Joyce Carol Oates, Seamus Heaney, Orhan Pamuk, Adrienne Rich and Marilynne Robinson.

The Unterberg Poetry Center also has extensive educational programs for writers of all levels. These include writing workshops, children’s programming and critical lectures, as well as outreach initiatives that encourage adult literacy and provide high-school students the opportunity to interact with renowned writers.

For more information about the Poetry Center, call 212.415.5760 / email


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