Wed, Jul 8, 7 pm, $10*

Judy Collins is an American musical icon, still going strong in her 80s. Her latest project is the re-release of her rendition of “Amazing Grace” backed by a choir of singers from around the world, with proceeds going to the World Health Organization Solidarity Response Fund. Judy will be in conversation with journalist Budd Mishkin, discussing the “Amazing Grace” project along with several other chapters of a career that has been thrilling audiences for six decades.

This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program. You will have exclusive access to view it at the scheduled time, or any time afterwards.

Music Appreciation Classes with composer/lyricist/author/performer/teacher
Louis Rosen

Louis Rosen explores four important American composers – Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim and John Coltrane – t hrough discussion and music, and with a deep understanding of the artists’ work and place in cultural history.

Registration and more details at 92Y.org/Classes

Mon, Jul 13, 7:15 pm, $50

Stevie Wonder’s albums from the 1970’s mark one of the most extraordinary, creative streaks in the history of popular music. Innervisions  from 1973 marks a key moment in that streak, when the subject matter in his songwriting broadens beyond the traditional romantic ballad to also address a wide range of contemporary themes and issues such as drug abuse, racial inequality, systemic racism and political commentary, all expressed through his individual musical synthesis of soul, jazz, gospel, blues, funk and popular styles. One of the greatest albums from one of the greatest musicians of all time… and P.S.: He plays all of the instruments on many of the album’s tracks.

Thu, Jul 16, 7:15 pm, $50*

On the eve of the release of her third album, Ladies of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell cancelled all upcoming performances and took the first of her many “retirements”, spending much of 1970 traveling in Europe. The hiatus proved restorative, and led to what many consider her greatest album, Blue. Mitchell acknowledges that Blue … is probably the purest emotional record that I will ever make in my life…. Everything became kind of transparent. I could see through myself so clearly. And I saw others so clearly that I couldn’t be around people…. Whatever brought it on, it was a different un-drug-induced consciousness.” Come discover, or rediscover, Blue.

Thu, Jul 23, 12:30 pm, $50*

One of the unique aspects of Stephen Sondheim’s work is the manner with which he fused theater song with classical forms in order to create larger musical song/scenes. Sonata form, rondo, theme and variations, fugue, minuet/trio forms, contrapuntal trios, quartets and choral sequences – all are utilized in service of musically dramatizing the theatrical moment. Come explore this unusual fusion of the popular and the classical through the in-depth exploration of selected songs from his remarkable catalog.

Thu, Jul 23, 7:15 pm, $50*

The late 1950’s, sideman to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, overcoming heroin addiction, finding his voice, going solo – all culminating with two splendid albums, Giant Steps and My Favorite Things that make John Coltrane a major force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz. For most jazz musicians who came of age in the 1960’s and 1970’s, music is divided into two eras: before Coltrane and after Coltrane. Come listen to this thrilling, beautiful music.

About 92Y

92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, offering: wide-ranging conversations with the world’s best minds; an outstanding range of programming in the performing, visual and literary arts; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y is reimagining what it means to be a community center in the digital age with initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, launched by 92Y in 2012 and now recognized across the US and in a growing number of regions worldwide as a day to celebrate and promote giving. These kinds of initiatives are transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action both locally and around the world. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

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