From Bach to Ellington Featuring Pianists Ted Rosenthal and Rorianne Schrade

The Kaufman Center presents From Bach to Ellington, a benefit performance for the Center's Lucy Moses School , featuring internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal ("a pianist of rarest skill, weaving rapid single note lines that span out into rich chordal patterns, parallel octaves and hints of the blues," The Los Angeles Times) alongside award-winning classical pianist Rorianne Schrade (described by The New Yorker as a performer with "wit, passion, and grace"). The evening will showcase classical and jazz music through solo and duo piano performance and improvisation.

Including jazz improvisations on such works as Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata and Chopin’s Ballade in G minor, and classical favorites by Beethoven and Chopin, as well as 20th century American music by Copland and Bernstein, the program will culminate with several pieces for duo piano Ravel’s Rhapsody Espagnole (IV-Feria), Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2 and Tonk by Ellington and Strayhorn.

All proceeds will benefit the Lucy Moses School one of the largest and most respected community arts schools in the country. Tickets to the event range from $50 to $500 (which includes preferred seating, a reception and a CD from each artist). Call 212 501 3330 for tickets and more information.

About the Lucy Moses School
The Lucy Moses School provides private and group instruction in music, dance, theater and the visual arts to 3,000 adults and young people each year at the Goodman House, and thousands more in the community.

An extensive scholarship program brings the joy of studying the arts to hundreds of children who otherwise might not have had the opportunity. In fact, more than 25 percent of the School’s private instrumental students receive financial aid, including many who also study in the rigorous Diploma Program. In addition, selected inner city students receive training in the School’s Suzuki violin program free of charge, and children from disadvantaged families are able to study dance.

The School is one of the three unique divisions of the Kaufman Center, which also includes the renowned Merkin Concert Hall and the Special Music School (a.k.a. P.S. 859, a New York City public school for musically gifted children). A not-for-profit organization founded in 1952 now celebrating its 50th Anniversary the Center is an unsurpassed cultural resource where people of all ages experience the joy of artistic creation, expression and appreciation.

About Ted Rosenthal
Ted Rosenthal entered the international spotlight by winning first prize in the 2nd annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He has since released 7 CDs as a leader. Rosenthal's latest 2 latest CD's are The 3B's, and ThreePlay, both on Playscape Recordings. Rosenthal's CDs feature some of the top names in jazz including Ron Carter, Billy Drummond, Bill Evans, Michael Formanek, Billy Higgins, Tom Harrell, Dennis Irwin, Brian Lynch, Dick Oatts, Bud Powell, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Matt Wilson.

Rosenthal toured and recorded with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and was pianist/musical director of the Grammy nominated Gerry Mulligan All-Star Tribute Band, featuring Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker and Nick Brignola. As a busy sideman, Rosenthal was a member of the Art Farmer Quintet, has performed with the Jon Faddis, Benny Golson and James Moody Quartets, the Phil Woods and Joe Chambers Quintets, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Rosenthal is also the pianist of choice for many top jazz vocalists and has appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio and performed with David Sanborn on NBC's Night Music.

A recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosenthal regularly performs and records his compositions, which include jazz tunes and large-scale works. His many classical/jazz crossover performances include solo and featured appearances with The Boston Pops, The Greater Palm Beach Symphony, The Tulsa Philharmonic, The Kansas City Symphony and The North Carolina Symphony. Rosenthal received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and subsequently continued his piano studies with Phillip Kawin. A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School University, Rosenthal is active in education and presents jazz clinics throughout the country. Rosenthal's website can be reached at

About Rorianne Schrade
Rorianne Schrade began performing at the age of five as the youngest member of the celebrated Schrade family of pianists. Having begun studies with her parents, Schrade continued her musical education at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division from age 11. During this time she was also a scholarship student at the Chapin School in New York City. Continuing in Juilliard’s College Division, she finished her M.A. and B.A. degrees at the same time. She was offered a full fellowship to pursue a Doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia, where, along with performing, she completed a dissertation on cadenzas to Mozart’s concerti, using several of her own in the study.

Schrade is the winner of many musical prizes from such organizations as the Concert Artists' Guild International Competition, the Washington International Competition, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the National Arts Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Artists International, the Chopin Foundation Council (NY) and the Liederkranz Foundation (in one of the rare years that a prize was offered to a pianist. Inn addition, Schrade made a 1995 recording of Balakirev’s piano music for Centaur Records. She has been heard frequently as recitalist, chamber player and soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television, and her regular solo recitals in New York have included several programs of all-Russian music, virtuoso paraphrases of Johann Strauss and currently a program of American music. Schrade also performs annually with her family at Sevenars, the summer festival they founded in Worthington, Massachusetts. She teaches privately and at the Manhattan School of Music (Preparatory Division) in NY.

This event is made possible by Roy and Kara Niederhoffer and Victor and Susan Niederhoffer.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ted Rosenthal and classical pianist Rorianne Schrade
  • Event Date: February 4, 8 PM
  • Subtitle: An evening of classical and jazz piano music to benefit the Lucy Moses School
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