main navigation
my pace

Current Students

back to Current Students

Spring Into the Schimmel (NYC)

News Story

2015 kicks off at the Schimmel with banjo masters and chamber orchestras, Zorro’s silent sword-fights, and more!

The Knights with special guest star Béla Fleck
Wednesday, January 28 | 7:30 p.m.
New York City’s dynamic chamber orchestra, known for transforming the concert experience and driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie, The Knights will collaborate with undisputed banjo master Béla Fleck for one night of innovative programming and outstanding virtuosity that will bring you to your feet. 

The evening’s program will include:

Rossini (Overture to “The Barber of Seville”)
Flecktones (Big Country), Adams (Chamber Symphony)
Fleck (Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra “The Impostor”)
Rossini (Se il mio nome spaer voi bramate from “The Barber of Seville”)
The Knights (The Ground Beneath our Feet)

Silent Films with Ben Model: Douglas Fairbanks in The Mark of Zorro
Sunday, February 1 | 2:00 p.m.
Most of the elements of every version you've seen of Zorro came from the 1920 United Artists silent film. In it, Douglas Fairbanks plays mild-mannered, ineffectual rich man Don Diego Vega who has a secret identity as Zorro, a masked crime-fighter with a secret hideaway in his house that has a hidden entrance. During this presentation, Ben Model, curator of the silent films series and one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, gives this silent film new life with his live piano accompaniment. Over the past 30+ years, Model has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theater organ, for films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. He is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre.

$10 student balcony tickets are available for advance purchase in person at the box office. Student rush orchestra tickets (subject to availability) are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance (subject to availability).

Also coming up at the Schimmel, Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns with her architectural masterpieces series, the New York debut of the Koresh Dance Company, and more. Visit to see what’s up next.