From the American Scene:
92nd Street Y: Unofficial City Center
Young Men’s and Women’s Hebrew Association on 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City, commonly called the “92nd Street Y,” is an improbable collection of enterprises embracing, in addition to the famous Poetry Center and its chamber and concert music recitals, the usual community center program, an extensive social and club program for high school boys and girls, the Dance Center, a dance school, a music school, a troupe of children’s entertainers called “The Merry-Go-Rounders,” a neighborhood old folks’ club, classes in Americanization for immigrants, and an adult education center. In one month the Kaufmann Auditorium, one of the Y’s public halls, offered Stephen Spender reading from his poems; Nora Kaye as part of the Dance Laboratory conducted by Walter Terry; Vera Zorina the ballerina, reading Ronsard’s poetry in the original with the Pro Musica Antiqua ensemble; Professor Sidney Hook and Rabbi Leo Jung discussing “Is There a Secular Jew?”; The Dybbuk, a film; an exhibition of paintings by the Manhattan Gallery Group; the Dance Drama Company; Rosalyn Tureck, the pianist, in an all-Bach recital; a concert reading of Death of a Salesman, introduced and directed by Arthur Miller; and three plays for children.
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