Theatre Details
Merkin Concert Hall

129 W 67th St

New York, NY 10023

Theater Description:
Kaufman Music Center was founded by Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger in 1952 as a community school for pre-conservatory music training. Originally called The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance (HAS), the school soon became a vital part of the community and grew to attract people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.Two decades later, HAS had grown to capacity and was ready for expansion––both physically and programmatically––and noted Modernist architect Ashok Bhavnani was commissioned to design the award-winning Abraham Goodman House, which was opened to the public in 1978. When it was first built, the Goodman House won the prestigious Bard Award for its unique architectural design and efficiency. It was one of the few cultural facilities of note to have been completed in New York during the city’s fiscal crisis, making it a rare example of New York Modernist architecture from that period.Bhavnani’s design included a 450-seat concert hall for student and professional performances. The venue would be known as Merkin Concert Hall, and it rapidly gained its reputation as a stellar performance space in New York City.