“The Orfeo Duo delivers magnificent performances…. Violinist Vita Wallace and her brother, pianist Ishmael Wallace, have played together since childhood, and it shows: this kind of rapport is rare indeed.” Classics Today, 2000


What a Neighborhood!’s mission is to celebrate Morningside Heights, West Harlem, and the Manhattan Valley through the music of living, local composers. In 2003, What a Neighborhood! was founded by the Orfeo Duo, Vita and Ishmael Wallace. Their goal is to encourage and inspire composers and other neighbors; to develop grassroots support for new American music; and to draw neighbors together, nurturing a vibrant community that includes all the diversity of the area. They have programmed chamber music and songs by living local composers, as well as jazz, gospel, music in Latin American traditions, dance, poetry, art, and more.


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