Classical Music in NYC is played by the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St Lukes, New York City Opera, Distinguished Concerts International, and other organizations.
NYC’s legendary Classical Music venues include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Americas Society. Contemporary Classical Music venues include Le Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust and Roulette Intermedium.
The Metropolitan Opera is America’s biggest Classical Music company. The 92nd Street Y has a world-class Classical Guitar program. NYC presents a lot of choral music during the holidays.
Classical Music in NYC
April 1, 2022
Classical + Garifuna
New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts: “Tutti! / Uwaragua Wama!” brings Classical and Garifuna Folk music together at Merkin Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center in Lincoln Square on Sat Apr 2 at 12:30 & 3pm $25. kaufmannmusiccenter.org 🇭🇳
Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas, the successor to Segovia, plays Albeniz at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side, on Sat, Apr 2 at 8pm. From $20. 🇪🇸
The Metropolitan Opera is in season at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center to June 11, 2022. 🇦🇷🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇹🇲🇽🇪🇸🇵🇷🇺🇸
While David Geffen Hall is renovated, the New York Philharmonic is touring NYC to June 10, 2022. 🇫🇷🇻🇪🇺🇸
The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is America’s largest…
The New York Philharmonic or NY Phil is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras. New…
Orchestra of St Lukes (OSL) is a chamber orchestra based in New York City. It…
New York City Opera (NYCO), “the people’s opera,” presents several shows a year at venues…
Classical Music NYC Venues
- 92nd Street Y *
- Americas Society *
- Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
- Carnegie Hall *
- Cathedral Church of St John the Divine *
- David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
- DiMenna Center for Classical Music
- Jazz at Lincoln Center *
- Kaufmann Music Center (Merkin Hall)
- Le Poisson Rouge *
- Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
- National Sawdust
- Roulette Intermedium
- St Thomas Church
- Trinity Church
- WQXR Classical Music radio wqxr.org
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The 92nd Street Y is a legendary Jewish community and cultural center that serves all…
Americas Society / Council of the Americas (ASCOA) is a business organization focused on the…
Carnegie Hall is one of the the world’s legendary concert halls. It presents Classical, Jazz…
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Episcopal Diocese of New York, famously serves…
David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, one of NYC’s leading classical music halls, is the…
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, in Hudson Yards, is the home of the Orchestra…
Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world’s leading Jazz institution. Its theaters include the Rose…
Le Poisson Rouge (LPR) is an eclectic Greenwich Village nightclub that presents everything from Classical…
The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center is the home of the Metropolitan Opera and…
National Sawdust is an eclectic contemporary music showcase in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It curates everything from…
Roulette Intermedium is a non-profit that presents experimental music, dance and art in a renovated…
Classical Music NYC Artists
These featured artists are based in NYC or have performed here.
Thursday, May 12, 2022
BRYANT PARK DANCE PARTY
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Wednesday-Thursday, December 15-16, 2021
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Saturday, November 20, 2021
92ND STREET Y
Upper East Side, Manhattan
YouTube 🇦🇷🎼🎵 Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Free
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1pm
CARNEGIE HALL, ZANKEL HALL, Thu, February 21, 2019, French classical live music ~ The Catalan Spanish early music master plays a concert of French baroque music
Saturday, June 30, 2018
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Saturday, April 7, 2018
CARNEGIE HALL WEILL RECITAL HALL
The Argentine conductor talks about conducting, Tango, the immigrant experience, and the ends of the world before conducting the world premiere of Martín Palmieri’s Tango Credo at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
Saturday, April 29, 2017
92ND STREET Y
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Zaira Meneses, Mexico’s “First Lady of the classical guitar” is guest soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Thu, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:30pm
Mejia, the President of Sony/ATV Music for Latin America and the U.S., is also a classical pianist and composer. His first album is “Preludes.”
December 4, 2012
Washington Heights, NYC
The opera singer sang Spanish boleros for the Duchess of Alba (Goya) a lady of Spain, who watched coyly without saying a word
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Latin Origins of Classical Music
Opera is one of Classical Music’s vocal forms. Ballet is its traditional dance.
Classical Music has Latin origins. In the same way that Latin Music began as religious music in Mother Africa, Classical Music as we know it today began as religious music in Italy.
In the USA, we are taught that everything is European, but digging deeper exposes Classical Music’s Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Arab roots. So Classical Music is really Asian, African and European. Venice, Italy was the traditional gateway to Asia, so it played an important role in Classical Music’s development.
In Europe, Classical Music began as church music. It then evolved into Chamber music played in salons for a privileged elite. Basically it was rich people’s party music. Even today, people like to pretend to be rich (think social media) so as a merchant class emerged, Classical Music’s popularity spread.
In colonial times, the European Diaspora brought Classical Music to the Americas. The Creole (mixed race) children of European immigrants were taught Classical Music traditions. Many were even educated in Europe. Jazz was created by classically-trained Creole musicians.
In the United States, Classical Music is influenced by Jazz, Hollywood and Broadway. In South America, it mixed with folk traditions in the same way that European composers looked to their folk traditions for inspiration.
Classical Music from Sacred to Profane
Like most music around the world, classical music was developed for sacred ceremony.
What we now consider classical music arose from chant forms in the medieval Catholic Church.
String instruments played with a bow descend from the Arabic rebab. It looks a lot like the Chinese violins that people play in NYC subway stations. Islamic traders controlled the first trade routes between Europe and Asia. The bowed instruments come from somewhere in Asia.
Music for social dancing and modern music notation developed during the Italian Renaissance (roughly 1400-1600). The invention of the printing press in Germany around 1440 increased the music’s spread.
The Baroque Era (roughly 1600 to 1750) is the beginning of what’s called the “common practice period” which includes the Classical and Romantic eras. In this period, tonal systems were standard.
Johan Sebastian Bach is the Baroque archetype. There is also Vivaldi in Italy and many Italian composers. The music was chamber music played for an elite. The harpsichord was popular. Opera begins to appear.
In the Classical Era (roughly the 1750s to the 1820s), the piano replaced the harpsichord, musical forms standardized, and instruments developed into what we know today.
It was a time of German and Austrian dominance with Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven leading the way. Opera begins to develop.
The Romantic Era (roughly the 1800s to the early 1900s) was characterized by much more dramatic compositions.
Composers begin to break out of the structures of the Classical Era. Large symphony orchestras appear with a lead violinist. A rising middle class begins to enjoy classical music.
Wagner composes grand operas. Tchaikovsky writes grand ballets. Chopin stretches the form and starts to express himself before and after the beat. You have to feel the music to play it.
The Modern Era (roughly 1890 to the 1930s) leaves the standards of the common practice period behind. Life is changing rapidly, so tonal systems change and instrumentation changes. It’s still classical music, but instead of looking to a glorified past or an inward vision, the music spins out into the universe.
As life gets more urban, composers look to folk traditions for inspiration. Bartók starts making weirdly beautiful compositions.
The Jazz Age rises and American influences begin to enter the music. Classical, popular, Hollywood and Broadway traditions begin to blend together.
If classical music begins in African Egypt, now Africa is back in the game.
Composers like Stravinsky, Debussy and Gershwin stand out. Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the early Latin Americans to enter the canon.
Post Modern Era
The world goes to war for a second time and the nuclear bomb blows apart all preconceptions. Europe is destroyed. It’s New York now.
Straight ahead jazz starts to swing and then jumps into bebop. Anything and everything can be music, including silence.
John Cage goes completely abstract. Philip Glass both stretches and compresses time frames. Laurie Anderson starts using trash technology to make music. Classical and pop music have completely blended together.
So here we are. We have all this great music to enjoy.
Previous Classical Music in NYC
Sarah Tuan plays Bach, Grieg and Schumann at Pregones/PRTT in Concourse, The Bronx, Sun, Mar 13 at 4pm. FREE 🇺🇸
Orchestra of St Luke’s presents “Earth Works: Music for our Planet” at the Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Park on Sun, Mar 13 at 4pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇪
Angélica Negrón & Bronx Arts Ensemble play works for string quartet, accordion, toys, electronics and piano at Pregones/PRTT in Concourse, The Bronx, Sat, Mar 12 at 8pm. $15. 🇵🇷
Orchestra of St Luke’s presents “Earth Works: Music for our Planet” at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island on Sat, Mar 12 at 2pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇪
Orchestra of St Luke’s presents “Earth Works: Music for our Planet” at Americas Society in the Upper East Side on Fri, Mar 11 at 7pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇪
Orchestra of St Luke’s presents “Earth Works: Music for our Planet” at Hostos Center in Mott Haven, The Bronx on Thu, Mar 10 at 7pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇪
Orchestra of St Luke’s presents “Earth Works: Music for our Planet” at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sun, Mar 6 at 2pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇪
Nelson Ojeda plays Classical piano at Pregones PRTT in Concourse, The Bronx on Sun, Mar 6 at 4pm. $15.
Andrea Bocelli brings his Believe World Tour to Madison Square Garden, Wed-Thu, Dec 15-16 at 7:30pm. From $86 🇮🇹
Cuban Chinese cellist Sophia Bacelar plays a Ruiz Memorial Recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Wed, Dec 8 at 7:30pm. 🇨🇺
The Assad Brothers, the legendary Brazilian-born Classical guitar duo, play the 92nd Street Y on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8pm. There is a pre-concert talk with Benjamin Verdery, Art of the Guitar artistic director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music at 7pm.