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The 92nd Street Y presents Conrad Tao: Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Tao, and more

December 18, 2021

The 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s leading cultural venues, presents Conrad Tao, piano, playing Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Tao, and more on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8pm ET as part of its fall classical music season, its first fully in-person season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert will also be available via livestream and available for 72 hours from time of broadcast. Tickets for both the in-person and livestream options are $20-$45 and are available at 92y.org/event/conrad-tao.

Conrad Tao is reimagining what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. A prodigiously gifted concert pianist and adventurous award-winning composer, Tao’s 2019 performance with violinist Stefan Jackiw in our Soundspace series left the audience enthralled, as did his dazzling Carnegie Hall debut. Tao makes his first appearance on our main stage with a program reflective of the stylistic and aesthetic range of his artistry. Juxtaposing masterworks by Schumann and Beethoven with a selection by John Adams, a Bach chorale, and short works of Tao’s own and of luminary composer Jason Ekhardt and the singular Fred Hersch, it’s an ideal program for exploring the genius of the artist New York magazine wrote is “shaping the future of classical music.”

The program includes:
John Adams, China Gates
Bach, Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
Schumann, Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Conrad Tao, Keyed In (NY Premiere; 92Y co-commission)
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Interspersed with short works of Conrad Tao, Jason Eckardt, and Fred Hersch

Comprising 14 concerts performed in 92Y’s historic Kaufmann Concert Hall, the fall season includes two appearances by world-renowned pianist Richard Goode; an all-Rossini program from tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres; the first performance by The Knights as 92Y’s inaugural Ensemble in Residence; the 92Y debuts of rising star violinist Randall Goosby, intrepid cellist Seth Parker Woods, and the Grammy Award-nominated Aizuri Quartet; guitarist Ana Vidovic; MacArthur “Genius” Award winner and pianist Jeremy Denk, and others, performing a diverse group of repertoire which includes works of Eleanor Alberga, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Boulogne, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jessie Montgomery, César Franck, Florence Price, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and more.

Concerts are for fully vaccinated audiences. For more information, including purchasing tickets and COVID-19 protocols for in-person performances, please visit 92Y.org/Concerts.

About 92nd Street Y: The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92Y offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.


December 18, 2021