For the last two years New Yorkers have had the privilege of enjoying affordable and intimate classical music concerts in New York’s legendary Caffe Vivaldi, best known from movies of Woody Allen and Al Pacino.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Emir GAMSIZOGLU, and his wife Ege Maltepe, who came to New York on a Fulbright scholarship to study acting under the guidance of Mike Nichols, have named this concert series “Classical for All”. “Last year we presented “Schubertiades” which is an old European tradition going back to composer Franz Schubert and his friends’ casual classical music gatherings. This year we have our “Chatty Piano Recitals” says Maltepe who is working as an organizer.
“Chatty Pianist” is GAMSIZOGLU’s nickname, referring to his chats about music, composers and his personal take on classical music. His Sunday concerts attract audiences of all ages and backgrounds with their friendly and casual atmosphere. Audience members get to witness the performance of a virtuoso pianist only a few feet away from them, while sipping their favorite drink.
After a recent concert, audience member Zafreen M. said “I feel like I just took a crash course in music! I learned so much while enjoying Emir’s playing in this relaxed atmosphere by the fireplace. Often in classical music concerts, you feel “left out”, like it’s something you’ll never understand, but here it was the opposite. ”
Established in 1983, Caffe Vivaldi is a New York classic in itself. In the old days, the owner Ishrat Ansari, a big time classical music fan, used to play recordings from his vast private collection. For hundreds of his customers, that was their first introduction to Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other masters of Western Classical music. Every evening, after having their first classical music experience at Vivaldi,customers would walk over to Tower Records to buy a copy of the recording. And now, with Emir GAMSIZOGLU’s performances, Caffe Vivaldi has become the only cafe in New York where you can listen to classical music on a regular basis in a friendly, inclusive space, for only a suggested donation, every Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
Classical Piano by the Fireplace at Caffe Vivaldi
Chatty Pianist Emir GAMSIZOGLU
Every Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm
32 Jones Street, New York NY 10014
A, B, C, D, E, F trains to West 4 street.
Tickets: $20 (Suggested donation)
Caffe Vivaldi accepts cash only.