The NYU Symphony Orchestra will perform selected works of the great German composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hans Werner Henze, and Richard Wagner as part of a unique, one-day-only event to be hosted at The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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Entitled German Masterworks, the program is part of NYU Skirball’s Visions + Voices: Germany Global Performance Series.

The NYU Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestral ensemble at NYU and is directed by Steinhardt Music Professor Joseph Bongiorno. Featured soloists on the Henze pieces include soprano Alexandra Deshorties and bass-baritone Keith Miller. Deshorties is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist program and made her debut with the company as the High Priestess in Aida in 1999. In 2006, Miller made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and has since performed in over 200 productions for the company.

Also featured on the Henze will be the NYU Chorale, part of the NYU Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Deepak Marwah. Featured on Musik im Bauch will be the NYU Percussion Ensemble directed by Jonathan Haas, Director of the Percussion Program
NYU Steinhardt.

The concert will be conducted by German-born conductor Jens Georg Bachmann. Bachmann spent several years as assistant conductor to James Levine at the Munich Philharmonic, the Verbier Festival, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera.

NYU Skirball’s Visions + Voices Global Performance Series is an ongoing thematic program designed to spotlight culture emanating from countries in which NYU global campuses are located. Prior series focused on Australia and China. Continuing its mission to showcase and support diverse and eclectic talent from around the world, while cultivating audiences for live performance through deeper engagement opportunities, Visions + Voices: Germany features productions from Germany’s premiere contemporary theatre companies, including the upcoming She She Pop’s Schubladen and Rimini Protokoll’s Remote New York.

Tickets for German Masterworks are now on-sale and may be purchased online at or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.


NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Founded by the late L. Jay Oliva, President Emeritus of NYU, and led by Executive Director Michael Harrington, the programs of NYU Skirball reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. For more information, visit

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