August 9: IDRS Double Reed Flash Mob

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, Double Reed Flash Mob.

Saturday, August 9, 7:00 pm

For the first time in history, IDRS will be hosting a flash mob for all double reeds on the closing night of the conference! Dr. Christopher Wickham, professor of bassoon at Rutgers University, will be directing this event of a lifetime geared towards double reeders of all ages and abilities. Come and join over one hundred bassoonists, contra bassoonists, oboists, and english hornists in this special event as we serenade New York City in NYC summertime style with a medley of “Summertime Sadness” and “New York, New York”. Check us out on Facebook.

If you are interested in participating in the IDRS Flashmob please email Christopher Wickham and let him know what you will be playing.

August 9: IDRS Ray Still Tribute Concert

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, Ray Still Tribute Concert.


Saturday, August 9, 5:00 pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
35 West 4th Street


Ray Still, legendary principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra passed away earlier this year at age 94. This tribute to Ray Sill's artistry, influence, and contributions is organized and presented by several former students and colleagues and will feature anecdotes, remembrances, and a
performance of Mozart's C Minor Serenade, K388.



August 8: IDRS The Josef Marx Salon

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, The Josef Marx Salon.

Friday, August 8, 10:30 pm
Pless Hall Lobby
32 Washington Place

The Josef Marx Salon is a reincarnation of the Saturday night chamber music gatherings held in the Manhattan home of Josef Marx, oboist, publisher, scholar, teacher. Josef Marx (1913-78) studied oboe with Marcel Dandois and Leon Goossens, and performed in orchestras in Palestine, Pittsburgh and New York, including the Metropolitan Opera. He was a pioneer in the Hautboy and a revivalist of baroque music, and inspired Stefan Wolpe, George Rochberg, Charles Wuorinen, Harvey Sollberger, Isaac Nemiroff and Gunther Schuller among others to compose for his "fire-oboe." But Josef also thrived an organizer of chamber music concerts, wherein music from the 15th to 20th centuries was played on double reeds. The IDRS reincarnation features students and colleagues of Josef Marx, veterans of orchestras and chamber ensembles, who are coming together to commemorate Josef Marx's centenary, and his spirit. Naturally, salami and beer will be served. For inquiries about the salon, write to josefmarxsalon@gmail.com.

August 7: IDRS William H Scheide Centennial Birthday Serenade

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, William H Scheide Centennial Birthday Serenade.

Thursday, August 7, 5:30 pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
35 West 4th Street

Sara Lambert Bloom and Humbert Lucarelli host a celebration of the 100th birthday of William H. Scheide, who is alive and well. Performers include John Abberger, Daniel Stolper, and Allan Vogel. Mr. Scheide believes that each member of the human family deserves a free and enlightened life. Musician, philanthropist and humanitarian, his life-long support of the arts, education, civil rights, health, and poverty relief programs expresses this belief. Artistic Director of the Bach Aria Group (1946-1980), Mr. Scheide is loved and honored for the groundbreaking work in the study, performance, broadcast, and recording of the sacred works of J. S. Bach that he and the musicians he gathered together did in their mission to heal the nation after the horrors of the Second World War and change lives with Bach's heretofore unaccessible Endzweck.

August 5-9: International Double Reed Society Conference

Oboists and bassoonists from all over the world will converge at NYU for five historic days of workshops, lectures, recitals and evening gala concerts as part of the 43rd Annual International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference.

As part of the programming, the world-renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s and West Point Band will be “In Residence”, presenting evening concerts featuring an extraordinary variety of double reed concerti performed by many of the world’s great oboists, English hornists, bassoonists and contra-bassoonist.

Tuesday, August 5, 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductors Gordon Hunt and MIlan Turkovic
Judith LeClair, bassoon - Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Julien Hardy, French basson - Francaix Bassoon Concerto
Gordon Hunt, oboe - Mozart Oboe Concerto
Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon - Gene Pritsker Concerto - World Premiere
Richard Woodhams, oboe - Strauss Oboe Concerto
Nathan Hughes, oboe - Vaughn Williams Oboe Concerto

Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Chamber Music, featuring:
New York Philharmonic Bassoon Section (Judith LeClair, Kim Laskowski, Roger Nye, Arlen Fast)
Jaime Gonzalez and Pietro Corna, oboes (with Frank Morelli, bassoon) - Trio Sonata Op. 1 for 2 oboes and Basso continuo by Tommaso Albinoni
Peter Cooper (oboe), Yoshi Ishikawa (bassoon), and Bill Douglas - Trio #2 (mvmts 1-3) by Bill Douglas
Jonathan Small, oboe - Extase II for oboe and instrumental ensemble by Chen Qigang
William Short, bassoon - Quartet in G Minor, Op. 73, No. 3 for bassoon and strings by François Devienne
Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Ricardo Morales (clarinet), and Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon) - Divertissement for Trio d´anches by Jean Françaix
Michael Harley, bassoon - Bassoon Concertino by Augusta Reade Thomas (American premiere)
Johanna Cox, oboe - Firecracker by Michael Daugherty
Carolyn Beck, bassoon - Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra II. Romanza and Scherzino by Christopher James

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
West Point Band:
Liang Wang, oboe - Variations of a Theme by Glinka by Rimsky-Korsakov
Joel Evans, oboe - Hudson River Rhapsody by James Kessler
Pedro Diaz, English horn - Donizetti Concertino (arranged for wind ensemble by Douglas Richard)
Saxton Rose, bassoon - The Avatar, Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Winds by Dana Wilson
The Breaking Winds, bassoon quartet - Breaking Out Concerto by Scott Switzer
Paul Hanson and Richard Ramey, bassoons - Concerto for Two Bassoons and Wind Band by Daniel Baldwin (World Premiere)

Friday, August 8, 8:00 pm
Washington Square Park
"Sunset in the Park" - Festival String Orchestra:
Peter Kolkay, bassoon - Red Maple (Bassoon Concerto) by Joan Tower
Nancy Ambrose King, oboe - Grunge Concerto by Scott McAllister
Kim Walker, bassoon - Trilogy for bassoon, electric bass guitar, strings, and percussion by David Baker
Marc Fink, oboe - Vivaldi Oboe Concerto in C Major
Matthias Racz, bassoon - Jolivet Bassoon Concerto
Keve Wilson, oboe - Darin Lewis Oboe Concerto (American premiere)
Giorgio Mandolesi, bassoon - Roztančené Concertino
Stefano Canuti, bassoon - Nafsha for bassoon and percussion by Arnaldo de Felice (American premiere)

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductors Gordon Hunt and Milan Turkovic
John Snow, oboe - Laura Kaminsky Oboe Concerto - World Premiere
Pascal Gallois, bassoon - Hersant Eight Pieces
Elizabeth Siffert, oboe - Lukas Foss Oboe Concerto
Gillet-Fox Winner - Hummel Bassoon Concerto
Carolyn Hove, English horn - Sallinen English Horn Concerto
Frank Morelli, bassoon - Weber Bassoon Concerto

The IDRS 2014 will also be hosting a selection of workshops as well as daily lectures and recitals. All events will take place on and around the NYU campus. The events require registration and most are not free, while all are open to the public.

July 16: Immigration Reform Panel

Join experts on democracy and public policy for a panel discussion about the importance of immigration reform for New York State's economy.

Andrea Barisani, "Immigration." Image from Flickr.
Panelists include Ana Maria Archila (Center for Popular Democracy), Andrew Raisej (Founder of Personal Democracy Media) and others. This program is sponsored by FWD, NYU, and ABNY.

Wednesday July 16, 8:00 - 9:30 am
NYU Global Center for Academic Life
238 Thompson St, 5th floor
Light breakfast will be served.

RSVP by Monday, July 14: Email fwdevent@globalstrategygroup.com 



June 30: Book Launch: Making Money, the Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism

The Cultures of Finance Working Group at the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge invite you to join us for the US launch and panel discussion of Ole Bjerg’s Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism from Verso Books.

Monday, June 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

In Making Money, Ole Bjerg applies the thinking of Slavoj Žižek and other scholars to mainstream economic literature. Bjerg provides a radical new way of looking at the mysterious stuff we use to buy things. It is a theory unfolded in reflections on the nature of monetary phenomena such as financial markets, banks, debt, credit, derivatives, gold, risk, value, price, interests, and arbitrage. The analysis of money is put into an historical context, suggesting that the current financial turbulence and debt crisis are evidence that we live in the age of post-credit capitalism. By bridging the fields of economics and contemporary philosophy, Bjerg's work engages in a compelling form of intellectual arbitrage.

Ole Bjerg is Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. His research interests circle around a diagnosis of contemporary capitalism and currently engages the simple question: What is money?

RSVP if you plan to attend.

July 10: Conjunctions Literary Journal

The NYU Bookstore will host contributors to the latest issue of "Conjunctions", an online weekly magazine and a book-length biannual print/e-book journal of featured writing by contemporary masters and emerging voices.
Thursday, July 10, 6:00 pm
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway between Astor and Washington Place

The theme of the issue is “Exile,” and it features works by novelist H. G. Carrillo ("Loosing My Espanish"), literary scholar Richard Sieburth, and poet Marjorie Welsh (“Signifying Art”), all of whom will read passages from their “Conjunctions” contributions at the bookstore event. The reading will be introduced by “Conjunctions” editor Bradford Morrow.

The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

June 25: Piano Artist Master Class, Eduardus Halim

NYU Steinhardt brings to the public the annual Piano Artist Master Class Series. The sessions offer a window into the creative process, as world-renowned performing artists offer guidance and inspiration to pianists.  The next to offer his expertise is the performer and pedagogue, Eduardus Halim.

Wednesday, June 25, 3:00 pm
Residence Hall Third North, Room C205
75 3rd Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets


Halim has appeared with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. He has given recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. His awards and honors including the Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Halim also serves as a professor of piano studies at NYU Steinhardt.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Ongoing: Creative Steps

The first semester at the Creative Steps Early Childcare Center in Washington Square Village has drawn to a successful close.

Enrollment is now open for their first summer camp program, running for six weeks from July 7 through August 15. Additionally, Creative Steps is inviting families to attend upcoming tours and open houses in advance of the fall semester pre-K/UPK semester.

For families with children two years and younger:
  • Tuesday, June 17, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.
For families with children 3 and 4 years:
  • Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
To register for a tour or inquire about enrollment, please email Joyce Rittenburg with your name and your child’s name, gender, age, and date of birth.