1. When you practice, start in the middle sometimes. Start in different spots, out of order. Always starting at the beginning of the piece can get you in a rut, making you less attentive. Then when you memorize the piece, you might only remember the beginning!

    — John McCauley, piano instructor, 92Y School of Music

  2. Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers are coming to 92Y on Oct 28. High fives all around for that one.
Want to win tickets? Enter here.

    Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers are coming to 92Y on Oct 28. High fives all around for that one.

    Want to win tickets? Enter here.

  3. 5 Things We Learned About Lenny Kravitz Last Night Ultra cool rocker and style icon Lenny Kravitz commanded cat calls and praise from the 92Y audience on September 19. The musician, actor, and all-around talented artist sat down with Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis to discuss his acclaimed career and new album, Strut. Here are 5 things we learned about Lenny Kravitz last night.
Kravitz wrote “Fly Away” while driving his daughter Zoë to school in Nassau.
Robert Plant cursed him out. While the two were touring together, the Led Zeppelin band member straightened out Kravitz, who was coming off an “attitude.” Kravitz grinned and said, “I got cursed out by my idol.”
Kravitz was “almost” bar mitzahed. “Because I had this afro, the yarmulke wouldn’t stay,” Kravitz joked, commenting on his bi-racial background from his African American mother and Jewish father.
He’s living his mother’s dreams. Kravitz has made many life decisions, such as establishing a home in Paris, because his mother, The Jeffersons actress Roxie Roker, never got to accomplish them herself (she died in 1995 from breast cancer). “I’m living the life she wanted to lead,” Kravitz said. “I’m doing it for both of us.”
Kravitz really loves his fans. He proved that by remaining on stage for 10 minutes after his talk concluded, signing autographs and taking pictures with the audience.

    5 Things We Learned About Lenny Kravitz Last Night

    Ultra cool rocker and style icon Lenny Kravitz commanded cat calls and praise from the 92Y audience on September 19. The musician, actor, and all-around talented artist sat down with Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis to discuss his acclaimed career and new album, Strut. Here are 5 things we learned about Lenny Kravitz last night.

    1. Kravitz wrote “Fly Away” while driving his daughter Zoë to school in Nassau.
    2. Robert Plant cursed him out. While the two were touring together, the Led Zeppelin band member straightened out Kravitz, who was coming off an “attitude.” Kravitz grinned and said, “I got cursed out by my idol.”
    3. Kravitz was “almost” bar mitzahed. “Because I had this afro, the yarmulke wouldn’t stay,” Kravitz joked, commenting on his bi-racial background from his African American mother and Jewish father.
    4. He’s living his mother’s dreams. Kravitz has made many life decisions, such as establishing a home in Paris, because his mother, The Jeffersons actress Roxie Roker, never got to accomplish them herself (she died in 1995 from breast cancer). “I’m living the life she wanted to lead,” Kravitz said. “I’m doing it for both of us.”
    5. Kravitz really loves his fans. He proved that by remaining on stage for 10 minutes after his talk concluded, signing autographs and taking pictures with the audience.

  4. Happy birthday to the king! George R. R. Martin, we can’t wait to see you on October 26!

    Happy birthday to the king! George R. R. Martin, we can’t wait to see you on October 26!

  5. These are the songs Aretha Franklin is covering on her next album, honoring 10 great divas.
Are you as excited as we are? We’re having a listening party and discussion with the Queen of Soul herself, as well as music industry legend Clive Davis, on October 1. Come be a part of music history, as these two icons take the stage together in a rare appearance.

    These are the songs Aretha Franklin is covering on her next album, honoring 10 great divas.

    Are you as excited as we are? We’re having a listening party and discussion with the Queen of Soul herself, as well as music industry legend Clive Davis, on October 1. Come be a part of music history, as these two icons take the stage together in a rare appearance.

  6. 3 Reasons Why Vasisthasana Will Make You Healthier Do you sit behind a desk all day? Not good. In fact, it can be deadly. Luckily, we have an antidote.  September is National Yoga Month, and a few Yoga instructors from the 92Y May Center will share asanas (poses) with you that they feel passionate about as ambassadors to a healthy lifestyle.  Instructor Angelina Salama kicks off our series with the Vasisthasana, a pose named after a respected Indian sage, and gives you three reasons for why this pose is good for you:
It is a great antidote to the troubles that plague our bodies as a result of our sitting at the computer for long periods of time.
It strengthens the wrists, as well as the lumbar and coccyx regions of the spine—two areas made extremely vulnerable by modern day life.
It demands a strong core to sustain the distal positioning of your limbs.
The result: a healthier and stronger body than before. Give it a try and tell us what you think!
What’s your favorite yoga pose?

    3 Reasons Why Vasisthasana Will Make You Healthier

    Do you sit behind a desk all day? Not good. In fact, it can be deadly. Luckily, we have an antidote.

    September is National Yoga Month, and a few Yoga instructors from the 92Y May Center will share asanas (poses) with you that they feel passionate about as ambassadors to a healthy lifestyle.

    Instructor Angelina Salama kicks off our series with the Vasisthasana, a pose named after a respected Indian sage, and gives you three reasons for why this pose is good for you:

    1. It is a great antidote to the troubles that plague our bodies as a result of our sitting at the computer for long periods of time.
    2. It strengthens the wrists, as well as the lumbar and coccyx regions of the spine—two areas made extremely vulnerable by modern day life.
    3. It demands a strong core to sustain the distal positioning of your limbs.

    The result: a healthier and stronger body than before. Give it a try and tell us what you think!

    What’s your favorite yoga pose?

  7. Doesn’t really get much cooler than this, huh? Lenny Kravitz has taken the stage at 92nd Street Y. We’re live tweeting at #92YTalks. Follow along on Twitter.

    Doesn’t really get much cooler than this, huh? Lenny Kravitz has taken the stage at 92nd Street Y. We’re live tweeting at #92YTalks. Follow along on Twitter.

  8. The masterful Christian Tetzlaff opened the 92Y Concerts season with one of the monuments of Western music—the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. “Hearing all six of these works in [a single performance],” wrote The New York Times, “is a kind of classical music nirvana.”

    Guests agreed. A “monumental performance,” wrote @jo on Twitter. “The fall’s first spiritual peak,” said @BruceHodgesNY
    .

    Read more about this marathon achievement:

    Tetzlaff Plays Bach: By the Numbers.
    Christian Tetzlaff on the Chaconne.
    5 Great Pop Culture Marathons.
    7 Facts about Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas That Will Amaze You. 

    Photos: Christian Tetzlaff, Viloin; Opening Night 2014—Tetzlaff Plays Bach; Complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin; concert photographed: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 7:00 PM; Kaufmann Concert Hall; 92nd Street Y; New York, NY.

    Photograph: © 2014 Richard Termine (for 92nd Street Y).

    PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine for 92nd Street Y © 2014 Richard Termine

  9. Because it’s Friday and Lenny Kravitz is coming tonight!

  10. Lenny Kravitz is coming to 92Y! One of the coolest artists in rock and a fashion trendsetter, Lenny will sit down with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis on September 19 to discuss his career in music, film, and his latest album Strut.
Enter to win two tickets to the event by tweeting us your favorite Lenny look through the years! Just hashtag #92YLennylooks.
So, what’s your favorite Lenny Kravitz look?

    Lenny Kravitz is coming to 92Y! One of the coolest artists in rock and a fashion trendsetter, Lenny will sit down with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis on September 19 to discuss his career in music, film, and his latest album Strut.

    Enter to win two tickets to the event by tweeting us your favorite Lenny look through the years! Just hashtag #92YLennylooks.

    So, what’s your favorite Lenny Kravitz look?