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The Knights at BKCM!

Sunday, November 20, members of the Knights, an incredible chamber orchestra, will be giving a concert for Suzuki students from 3 – 4 PM in our Concert Hall.

Please RSVP as space is limited. Please only one parent per family.

(We have 240 students and the Concert Hall has a capacity of 105!)

Please use this RSVP link

To ensure that everyone has a positive listening experience, please do not bring children younger than age 4, and please make sure your children listen quietly.

The Knights are led by Artistic Directors and brothers, Colin and Eric Jacobsen (who are former Suzuki students!)

This Sunday, Colin Jacobsen, Miranda Sielaff, viola, and Steve Beck, piano, will perform:

W.A. Mozart, Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423
Vaughn Williams, The Lark Ascending (violin and piano)
Franz Schubert, Violin Sonata in G Minor, “Sonatina” D. 408 (violin and piano)

The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Bela Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverien. Spring 2017 will see the release of The Knights’ new album featuring Yo-Yo Ma on works by Osvaldo Golijov, Dvorak, and Sufjan Stevens.

Following the concert, Colin will coach the Teen Ensemble from 4 – 5 PM.

Johnson String Service Trips

If you are renting an instrument from Johnson String, you can plan the deliveries and exchanges based on their monthly service trips to BKCM, listed here on their website.  Instruments can be picked up in the afternoon of the day of the delivery. Should you have an exchange, please drop off your instruments no more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled service trip. The phone number for Johnson String is (800) 359-9351, their website is


The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra directed by Dorothy Savitch returns to the Brooklyn Museum for its annual presentation of Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf,” set within the galleries of the Brooklyn Museum, telling the story of a young boy, Peter, who is taking an art class at the museum. This wonderful event is a huge draw for the entire family. Tickets sell out early, get more details here.

Join us for Waltz the Night Away, a benefit concert for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Community Orchestra.Party Like It’s The ’90s (the 1890s)!  Waltz the night away in Park Slope to support the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra.  Enjoy music by the orchestra, dance lessons with Laurie Shayler and Dance Connection, and a performance by Jazz vocalist Toby Williams.

Drinks and dessert are included.

Historic attire welcome!

Visit for a list of other BKCM events.

Violin Masterclass in honor of Dr. Suzuki’s Birthday

Allen Lieb has been mentor to our Suzuki program since its inception over 10 years ago. It is a great honor to play for him. We very much hope you will be able to join us.

Violin Masterclass in honor of Dr. Suzuki’s Birthday
with special guest Allen Lieb
Sunday, October 232 – 6 PM (specific schedule forthcoming)

There will be a group class from 3 – 4 PM, and masterclasses from 2 – 3 PM, and from 4 – 6 PM.

Allen Lieb received his M.M. in Violin Performance from SIU/Edwardsville, studying Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall. He holds a Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan following several years’ instruction with Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki. A registered Teacher-Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1981, Mr. Lieb has taught institutes, workshops and conferences across the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is Chair of the SAA Violin Committee, the SAA liaison to the International Suzuki Association Violin Committee and a member of the SAA Heritage Committee. Mr. Lieb is Head of the Violin Department and Instructor for the Teacher-Training Seminar at The School for Strings. He is also a violin instructor at The Diller-Quaile School of Music where he was a recipient of the 2012 Clifford/Levy Creativity Grant. For 13 years, Mr. Lieb served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Newark Early Strings Program, a Suzuki-based violin program jointly sponsored by the Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for which he was recognized with the 2008 Samuel Antek Award for Music Education.

Celebrate with us on October 14!

On Friday, October 14, please join us from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Concert Hall, to celebrate Dr. Suzuki’s birthday!
Drinks and light refreshments will be served, along with pizza and juice for the kids, and of course Birthday Cake.
There will be a special performance by Suzuki faculty, followed by fun activities for the kids upstairs, including Face Painting, Origami, and more!
I very much look forward to seeing you and your family there!

RSVP to Melody Aberg

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