Twice a year, OSL invites New York City’s public school students to outstanding classical music performances designed specially for young people. These OSL concerts—which incorporate other arts disciplines, such as puppetry, dance, or visual art—are presented free of charge and reach more than 10,000 children annually. For many, it is their first live concert experience.
This fall, OSL begins its 2018–2019 Free School Concerts series with six concerts celebrating the centennial of the legendary Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins joined by principal dancers of the New York City Ballet and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Presented at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the concerts are expected to serve nearly 5,000 students from over 30 public schools from throughout the city’s five boroughs.
In the spring, OSL brings its 2019 Music in Color program spotlighting the life and music of American composer Gabriela Lena Frank to students across New York City’s five boroughs as part of its biannual Free School Concerts. With a narration written and performed by playwright, performer, and educator Kirya Traber, the program highlights Frank’s belief in the power of music as a powerful tool for civic engagement.
Reservations available starting in Fall 2018.