New York's Symphony Space Appoints New Curator of Music Programming

Classic Arts News   New York's Symphony Space Appoints New Curator of Music Programming
 
Symphony Space, the former roller-skating rink on Manhattan's Upper West Side that has become one of New York City's most varied and vibrant performance venues, has named Laura Kaminsky its next Curator of Music Programming.

Kaminsky is currently dean of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY. She produced the 92nd Street Y's lecture and film series in the mid-1980s and served as artistic director at Town Hall from 1988 through 1992, where her programming won several ASCAP Chamber Music America awards. She has also served as director of the music and theater programs at the New School in New York City and as chair of the music department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle from 1999-2004.

As a composer, Kaminsky has been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the Colorado Quartet, Degas Quartet, Odeon and St. Helen's Quartets, the Quintet of the Americas, Klimt Trio and her own new music collective, Musicians Accord. She recently won ana NEA commission and an ArtsLink Fellowship Grant that will allow her to travel to Armenia this fall.

Symphony Space offers a large and multi-disciplinary performance program, including dance, world music, jazz/gospel/popular music, film and literature in addition to classical music. The venue is best known for Selected Shorts, a series of live readings of short stories by well-regarded actors which is broadcast on NPR, and its yearly Wall-to-Wall programs, day-long marathons devoted to a specific composer such as Bach, Copland, Stravinsky, Ives and Sondheim.


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