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Tuesday, November 12, 2002
New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony Season Opening Concert — 8 PM

At Merkin Concert Hall of the Abraham Goodman House, 129 W. 67th St., New York NY 10023

Orchestra: $25
Balcony: $20
Students: $15

Discounts available for EKCC Community Members. TDF vouchers also accepted.

For concert information or to order tickets by phone, call Merkin Hall Box Office at (212) 501-3330 and charge to Master Card, American Express or Visa. $2 per ticket up to $8 maximum on all phone orders.

Concert Box Office:
Sunday - Thursday, 12 noon - 7 PM; Friday 12 noon - 4 PM
Phone: 212-501-3330, Fax: 212-501-3378

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New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony
Two Concerts at the New York Historical Society

Sunday, February 2, 2003 - New York Historical Society - 3 PM
2 West 77th St. - just off of Central Park West and opposite the Museum of Natural History

Black History Month Concert To Accompany the Society's Exhibition: Reading Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Legacy Of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Novel Reconsidered

Kenneth Klein, Conductor
Kermit Moore, Moderator

Scott Joplin — The Entertainer
Howard Swanson — Night Music
Duke Ellington — Come Sunday from his Sacred Concert
Excerpt from Gordon Parks — Star for Noon
Dorothy Rudd Moore — Transcension
Ron Carter — Opus for Trumpet & Strings
Kermit Moore — Music for Horn, Percussion & Strings

Soloists for this concert will be violinist Ilmar Gavilan ( in the Ellington, trumpeter Aaron Flagg in the Carter, French hornist L. William Kuyper ( in the Moore and a soprano to be announced.

Tickets - $20 general admission, $15 for students and $12 for New York Historical Society Members - available through the New York Historical Society box office at (212) 873-3400 (press 0). All major credit cards accepted.

April 27, 2003 - New York Historical Society - 3 PM
2 West 77th St. - just off of Central Park West and opposite the Museum of Natural History

Concert To Accompany the Society's Exhibition: Enterprising Women: 250 Years Of American Business

Kenneth Klein, Conductor
Caroline Stoessinger, Moderator
Rita Putnam, Guest Speaker

Amy Beach (Mrs. H.H.A.Beach) — Quintet For Piano & Strings in F Sharp minor
Ruth Crawford Seeger — Suite for Woodwinds
Julia Perry — Excerpts from "Stabat Mater"
Joan Tower — Island Prelude for Strings & Oboe
Ellen Taffee Zwilich — Concerto for Trumpet & Strings
Maria Newman — Concerto Grosso (New York Premiere)

Tickets - $20 general admission, $15 for students and $12 for New York Historical Society Members - available through the New York Historical Society box office at (212) 873-3400 (press 0). All major credit cards accepted.

Subway: B or C to 81st Street
Bus: M10 to 77th Street; M79 to 81st and CPW
Public Parking Garages are located at 203 West 77th Street, 207 76th Street or 201 West 75th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.

For more information, please contact New York Historical Society at (212) 873-3400 or visit them online at

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Other season concerts to be announced.

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New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony concerts are assisted, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and private contributions.

The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony

The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony presents world-class performances of the chamber orchestra repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Virtuosi was founded in 1982 by its Music Director Kenneth Klein. This 35-piece ensemble, composed of New York's finest players, has performed at all the major halls in New York City, throughout the U.S. and Germany and been praised by both critics and audiences for its innovative programming. The group's current activities include an annual series of concerts throughout the New York area and the presentation of a Student Mentorship/In-school Performance and Instruction Program in 6 Long Island School Districts.

Kenneth Klein, Conductor and Music Director

Kenneth Klein was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He completed undergraduate studies at Stanford and at the University of Southern California School of Music where he graduated in violin. His quartet was coached by Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose and other prominent musicians. He attended private conducting classes from 1959 to 1979 given by Fritz Zweig, a former conductor of the Berlin Opera and former Furtwangler assistant and with Dr. Richard Lert, a past Director in Mannheim and conductor of the Berlin Opera. This period was characterized by his keen involvement in programming the German repertoire and new American works.

Following USC, Kenneth Klein left for Europe to study Wagner opera in Bayreuth with Friedelind Wagner and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. At this time, he was invited by the composer Carlos Chavez to become a guest conductor of the Guadalajara Symphony in Mexico. This lead to his becoming the orchestra's Music Director in 1968, a post which he held for over a decade, championing South American, but notably Mexican composers such as Chavez, Silvestre Revueltas, Blas Galindo, Manuel Enriquez and Pablo Moncayo. In 1977, as a result of an invitation by Pablo Casals, Klein opened the Festival Casals.

Kenneth Klein moved back to the US and to New York in 1980, where he was involved in a series of major orchestra re-building projects in New York, California and the Mid-west as well as directing a summer festival in New Hampshire.

Following the successful conclusion of these projects, Kenneth Klein, with the assistance of violinist Henryk Szerying, formed the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony in 1982, made up, at that time, principally of New York Philharmonic musicians. Since its formation, the orchestra has gained a considerable reputation for performing a number of American premieres in addition to fulfilling an important educational role in the New York area. He has taken the orchestra on an acclaimed German tour. Kenneth Klein has been the recipient of two ASCAP awards for his work to promote American music.

Kenneth Klein made his European debut in 1970, conducting the Nuremburg Symphony and Philharmonic Chorus. He toured the former Soviet Union, Romania and Sweden in 1971 and 1972, and made his Paris debut in 1974. His Vienna debut was in 1975 and in 1977, there followed appearances with the Orchestre National de France and Concerts Lamoreux in Paris, the Suissse Romande as well as at the Montreux Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra before returning for further appearances in Vienna. The same year saw Kenneth Klein's debut at New York's Carnegie Hall and in Canada. In 1978, he returned to Europe to conduct the Bruckner Orchestra of Austria and also in Czechoslovakia and Romania. In 1979, he made his debut at the Rome Festival, and the following year, his London debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, with Henryk Szerying as soloist.

Kenneth Klein has regularly guest conducted as number of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and, in 1991, the Royal Philharmonic at London's Royal Festival Hall. In 1993, he toured with Moscow's celebrated Bolshoi Ballet, and in 1994 with the New York City Ballet. In 1995, Klein made his debut in Vienna's Musikverein conducting the Vienna Tonkunstler-Orchester and in 1997 with the Moscow Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky Hall.

Kenneth Klein has also made a series of critically acclaimed recordings, for Angel/EMI Classics, which have been reissued on Albany Music, of John Alden Carpenter's Skyscrapers and the East Coast School of American Romantics, as well as a disc of Morton Gould Orchestral Music with the London Philharmonic. Read about the American Romantics disc here. Read about the Morton Gould Orchestral Music disc here. With the same orchestra, he also recorded the Glazunov Violin Concerto for Carlton Classics. Other recordings in his discography include an album of Mexican music with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico for Unicorn-Kanchana and, with his own New York Virtuosi, an Aaron Copland anthology for Collins Classics and an English music collection featuring Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams for Vox and ASV Records. He has recorded Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 and Schumann's Piano Concerto with pianist Gerald Robbins and the Moscow Philharmonic for the 4Tay label (, a review of which can be read at

Kenneth Klein has also recorded an album of concertos by Ravel, Saint Saëns and Sierra with the Royal Philharmonic, featuring pianist José Ramos Santana; as well as American composer Robert Beaser's "Songs from The Occasions" with tenor Paul Sperry; and music of American composer Louis Gruenberg.

New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony/
Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
Arts in Education Programs

The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, in partnership with Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and five Nassau County, New York schools districts, is presenting a Student Mentorship/In School Performance and Instruction Program.

The program consists of musicians instructing, coaching and mentoring students, culminating in public side-by-side concerts, conducted by Virtuosi Music Director Kenneth Klein and Education Music Director George Mariner Maull. These programs will be in five Nassau County high schools, which include North Shore, Jericho, Westbury, East Williston and East Meadow. The programs will include 10 hours of classroom instruction, master classes and individual student/professional musician mentoring and two rehearsals, culminating in a final public side-by side performance. The New York Virtuosi administers this program in partnership with Nassau County (BOCES). This unique mentoring experience is a total commitment for everyone involed, students, teachers and the Virtuosi professionals.

North Shore High School (Glen Head) will collaborate with the New York Virtuosi, North Shore Middle School and Elementary School Choruses along with the North Shore Community Chorus will present a concert as part of this program on February 11,2003 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, which is hosted by the Tilles Center Outreach Program. George Mariner, Education Music Director will be conducting.

On February 27, 2003, the Wheatley (East Williston) High School will present their program as part of this ongoing program at Wheatley High School. Education Music Director, George Mariner Maull conducting.

April 10, 2003, East Meadow High School will perform in collaboration with the New York Virtuosi at the Clarke High School. Kenneth Klein, Music Director of the New York Virtuosi will conduct.

April 15, 2003 a performance by Jericho High School with members of the New York Virtuosi with Education Director, George Mariner Maull conducting. This concert will be at the Jericho High School.

The final performance of the yearŐs collaborative program will be on May 1, 2003 at Westbury High School with the New York Virtuosi and Music Director Kenneth Klein conducting. The performance will be held at the Westbury High School auditorium.

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