The 92nd Street Y is a legendary Jewish community and cultural center that serves all communities from Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
It’s the home of Tisch Center for the Arts, the Harkness Dance Center and a Guitar Institute. The 92nd Street Y is one of the stages where Modern Dance was born. Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham started here. The Giving Tuesday tradition started here. Celebrities and politicians do book launches here. It’s one of NYC’s sacred spaces just because of the never-ending stream of world-class talent that passes through.
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The 92nd Street Y houses several cultural spaces.
- Kaufmann Concert Hall is a traditional theater that seats up to 917 people.
- Buttenwieser Hall is 1,260 square foot dance studio that seats up to 280 people.
- Weill Art Gallery is a 1,419 square foot gallery space that seats up to 150 people.
- Warburg Lounge is a 1,580 square foot room that seats up to 100 people.
The 92nd Street Y is a unique institution. It is a community center serving the Upper East Side. From core Jewish values, the 92nd Street Y welcomes and serves people of all races and faiths. Don’t worry if you are not Jewish. You are welcome.
Kaufmann Concert Hall
Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of New York City’s sacred spaces. The hall regularly hosts performances and talks with the world’s cultural and thought leaders. That’s what makes it sacred space, the repeated presence of genius over the years.
There is an intellectual character within Jewish culture that is very influential in American life. The 92nd Street Y is one of the places in New York City where world-class artists announce and promote their latest works, or give retrospective looks back at history.
You find events like the Spaniard Ferran Adrià, one of the world’s most influential chefs, talking about his new book; or Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week, talking with legendary Italian fashion icon Valentino about his legacy.
When Puerto Rican-American Jennifer Lopez announced her new book True Love, she did it here in a conversation with Hoda Kotb, the Emmy® Award-winning Egyptian-American television personality.
Jazz in July
The 92nd Street Y hosts New York City’s summer jazz festival, Jazz in July. World-renowned jazz pianist Bill Charlap runs it these days. He took over from Dick Hyman. Great artists play the Festival every year.
The roots of jazz are African and Latin from the Caribbean. The ferry from New Orleans to Havana used to run twice a day. Jazz in July presents mostly Jewish artists. Their Jazz has an Eastern European tinge. It’s sort of Bartok meets Marsalis. It’s definitely something to hear.
92nd Street Y Guitar Institute
The 92nd Street Y Guitar Institute trains all levels of guitarists. The world’s best guitarists regularly perform for 92Y’s Art of the Guitar subscription series.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Started Here
The 92nd Street Y is a place where greatness begins. One of the artists who got his start there is Alvin Ailey (1931-1989). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater popularized modern dance around the world. Alvin Ailey became known as America’s “Cultural Ambassador to the World.”
When Ailey and twelve other dancers performed together for the first time at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, they were just a bunch of unknown African American dancers. Something magical happened that night in the first performance of “Blues Suite.” Today it is an American classic. But this was before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In that time, who else would have given them the chance to perform? It happened here at the 92nd Street Y.
Harkness Dance Center
Many other pioneers of Modern Dance developed and taught at the 92nd Street Y, people like Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Today the Harkness Dance Center School of the Arts is an important part of the 92nd Street Y’s programs.
GATEWAYS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The all-female Marian Anderson String Quartet, the first African Diaspora ensemble to win a classical music competition, plays Classical chamber music, in Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side, on Fri, Apr 22 at 7:30pm. From $20. 92y.org 🇺🇸
French bandoneonist Julien Labro joins Takács Quartet for contemporary chamber music and a little Tango, at Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side, on Wed, Apr 20 at 7:30pm. From $20. 92y.org 🇫🇷
The Harkness Future Dance Festival Showcase features Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side on Sat, Jan 15 at 1:30pm. $15. 92y.org 🇧🇷
Harkness Artists in Residence Baye & Asa and Passion Fruit Dance Company dance a showcase at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side on Fri, Jan 14 at 12noon. $10. 92y.org 🇭🇹
Spanish Flamenco guitar legend Paco Peña plays Kaufmann Concert Hall on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8pm. $30 – $75
New York Puerto Rican Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 80th Birthday with a special concert in Kaufmann Concert hall December 15, 2016. It’s actually the day of Eddie’s birthday.
Spanish-French Thibaut Garcia and the European Guitar Quartet play a recital that includes the Argentine Tango of Astor Piazzolla Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:30pm.
Cuban Jazz and Classical music giant Paquito D’Rivera plays Latin Jazz in Kaufmann Concert Hall Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8pm. $15-$41
The Assad Brothers, the legendary Brazilian-born Classical guitar duo, play 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.
Jazz in July, New York City’s Summer Jazz festival is Tuesday – Thursday, July 18 – 27, 2017.
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