Live Music | Lives in Music | Music in Civic Life

07 November 2017 | 18:00 – 20:30

Location: The Consulate General of France, 934 Fifth Avenue, New York

The Arts Arena presents a three-day series, PLAYING FOR A CIVIL SOCIETY: Live Music | Lives in Music | Music in Civic Life. Events will include a performance by contemporary string quartet ETHEL and a piano recital by Russian prodigy Nikolay Khozyainov.

November 7 | 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Consulate General of France

934 Fifth Avenue, New York 10021

Eric Bayer, Deputy Consul General of France in New York
Julie Menin, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

in conversation and in video
Back Stage and Out Front
Suzanne Davidson
, Executive Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Bringing Music to Dance to People
Jonathan Hollander, Battery Dance Company Founder and President, on its program with Syrian refugees
ETHEL on Connections and Community
Margery Arent Safir on French Hip Baroque Choc

in performance

ETHEL, “the string quartet of now”
“unfailingly vital,” The New York Times; “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet,” The New Yorker


The Arts Arena is grateful to Bernard Gustin for his generous sponsosorship of ETHEL’s performance.

November 9 | 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Century Association
7 West 43rd Street, New York 10036

Robert Storr, artist, critic, curator; former Senior Curator at MoMA, Commissioner of the Venice Biennale, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale School of Art
Margery Arent Safir, President and Artistic Director of the Arts Arena

in conversation and in video
A Star is Born, or Made?
Wu Han, pianist and Co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Melvin Chen, pianist, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music
Jennifer Ringo, soprano, teacher, and coach

in performance
Nikolay Khozyainov
“The Music World is taking note of Nikolay Khozyainov’s stunning virtuosity and prodigious technique.” New York Times


The Arts Arena is grateful to Lehn and Richard Goetz for their generous sponsorship of Nikolay Khozyainov’s performance and this event.

Born in the Russian Far East, at 25 years old Nikolay Khozyainov is already one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. He made his debut with the Handel Piano Concerto at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of seven, then later went on to study at the Conservatory. Soon he began an international performance career, thrilling audiences with his musicality and formidable technique. Highlights of his recital and concerto engagements include sold out performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Louvre in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has released four CDs, and his growing list of awards includes being chosen for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and being the youngest finalist of the XVI International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. “He has everything: a big sound, splendid technique, and a musicality far beyond his years.” Dave Saemann, Fanfare Magazine

Space is limited. Reservations are required: