Halloween came and went so fast, so I couldn’t resist adding some scary music to this week’s listings!

 NYO-USA and NYO2 Musicians Perform “Psycho”
Available now on-demand
Julie Desbordes, Conductor
Members of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO2 perform music from Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” during the national youth ensembles’ 2021 residency at Purchase College in July. Throughout the residency, orchestras that combined musicians from NYO-USA and NYO2 had the chance to read through a wide range of scores to explore repertoire beyond the core program for each ensemble.
Listen to NYO-USA and NYO2 perform the iconic score to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”

NYO-USA Performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6
Available now on-demand
More from NYO-USA at Purchase College this summer – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, “Pathétique,” with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Listen to NYO-USA perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6

VC LIVE presents the Naumburg Foundation’s “50 Years of Chamber Music” Concert
Available now on-demand
This historic concert celebrates “50 Years of Chamber Music” with the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and New York City’s Town Hall.  Recorded on October 8, the incredible program includes performances by Naumburg Award-winning ensembles and artists including the American, Brentano, Pacifica, Telegraph, and Emerson String Quartets, Eighth Blackbird, pianist Anton Nel and clarinetist Charlie Neidich.  “It was a groundbreaking idea to promote chamber music in the United States in 1971, and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award quickly became the standard-bearer of excellence in the chamber music world — and we are extremely proud of our winners,” Naumburg Foundation President Nicholas Mann told The Violin Channel.
Watch “Naumburg Foundation Town Hall Celebrating 50 Years of Chamber Music” on the Violin Channel

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Testament
Available on-demand through Tuesday, November 16, at 7pm
Testament was created by Ailey Artistic Director Matthew Rushing, Assistant Rehearsal Director Clifton Brown, and former Company member Yusha-Marie Sorzano. The dance film is a tribute to Alvin Ailey’s Revelations that follows a community of people turning pain into power and lament into hope.
Get tickets to view “Testament” on Ailey All Access

Flushing Town Hall presents November Jazz Jam
Wednesday, November 10, 7pm
Live monthly Jazz Jams return to Flushing Town Hall this month! Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jams are open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, music educators, and serious hobbyists. House Band and Jam Sessions are led by Carol Sudhalter, with Joe Vincent Tranchina, Scott Neumann, and Eric Lemon. Since March 2020, more than 200 musicians and 7,000 viewers from across the globe have participated in these virtual monthly jams. Now that they are going live again, those unable to attend can still tune in for free on YouTube and via Flushing Town Hall’s Facebook page.  This program is supported in part by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.
Learn more about Flushing Town Hall Jazz Jams on their website

Thursday Live from the Jazz Forum presents Hiroshi Yamazaki Quartet
Thursday, November 11, 7pm
A weekly free-of-charge Facebook Live series, streaming from the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown.
Tune in to enjoy the best of Jazz and Brazilian music from your own home!
Learn more and access the live stream on the Jazz Forum Arts website


Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. Cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from The PAC Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: NYO-USA 2021 © Carnegie Hall / NYO