The Rite of Summer Music Festival continues its stellar eleventh season with violinist Curtis Stewart performing two free shows on Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The program titled Love: follows his GRAMMY®-nominated album OF POWER – a body of work to cherish throughout our lives. of Love features music from Alice Coltrane, Johannes Brahms, Greek Folk Tunes, Duke Ellington, Henry Purcell, The Killers, Bill Withers, JS Bach, Kendrick Lamar/Thundercat and Curtis Stewart. Taking place in Nolan Park on Governors Island, Rite of Summer features free outdoor concerts through September hosted by co-artistic directors Pam Goldberg and Blair McMillen. In a location the New York Times has dubbed “a playground for the arts,” the festival’s goal is simple: to present the highest quality live performances and bring free contemporary classical music to as many people as possible. in a relaxed and fun, outdoor setting.
Then on Saturday, August 20, ROS presents The Westerlies performing Brass Roots: American Folk Traditions, featuring music by Woody Guthrie, the Golden Gate Quartet, John Prine and Judee Sill heard again, alongside works by composers including the use of folk melodies transcended their time, from the sophistication of Duke Ellington to the bold imagination of Charles Ives.
Season 11 concludes with Sybarite5 on Saturday, September 10 with The Revolve Tour. Centered around Andy Akiho’s epic work Revolve from Sybarite5’s recent album which debuted at #1 on
Billboard’s Traditional Classical Charts, The Revolve Tour explores how new perspectives can change perceptions. New works written exclusively for the band by Kamala Sankaram, Jackson Greenberg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Pedro Giraudo, Jessica Meyer, Shawn Conley and Jobina Tinnemans will be presented alongside music from the Punch Brothers, Komitas, Radiohead and Andy Akiho’s Revolve, who brilliantly captures the upbeat excitement and movement of his New York neighborhood in music.
The Rite of Summer shows will be presented twice on the same day, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., for each respective date at Nolan Park. Audiences should feel free to drop by, stop and listen, lay down a picnic blanket and relax, have lunch, mingle and witness these captivating live performances.
Past seasons have featured artists such as: The Knights; The alarm will sound; Pamela Z; JACK Quartet; Dawn of the South; Winds of Imani; Bang on a Can All-Stars; ETHEL; Connect set; Pam Goldberg; Miranda Cuckson; Blair McMillen; Nurit Pacht; Esther Noh; Caitlin Sullivan; Allison Charney; John Brancy; Pierre Dugan; Kara Sainz; Theo Bleckmann; The Parker Quartet; the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers with ETHEL and Iktus Percussion; Jeffrey Zeigler; Ian David Rosenbaum; Todd Reynolds; Johnny Rogers; Jordan Tice; Mathias Kunzli; TIGUE; Great Band; Percussion Talujon; Phyllis Chen; Anthony DeMare; Set of fireworks; classic jam; House of Waters; Sirius Quartet; Percussion sandbox; Contemporary; Don Byron New Gospel Quintet; Percussion Iktus; Brooklyn Raga Massif; TREMOR; Collaborative Arts Ensemble; Ljova and the Kontraband; a Jed Distler-led extravaganza from Terry Riley’s In C featuring more than 40 of New York’s top independent musicians, including members of the American Modern Ensemble, Newspeak, Momenta Quartet, and more; Inuksuit by John Luther Adams with over 60 percussionists from Mantra Percussion, Ensemble et al, Loop 2.4.3, Palladium Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Contemporary and students from Stony Brook, Queens College, NYU and Mantra Youth Percussion.
Governors Island is open every day of the year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island depart daily from the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan. Trust-operated ferries are always free for children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over, IDNYC holders, NYCHA housing residents, current and former military service members, members of Governors Island and for everyone on weekends before noon. Round-trip adult ferry tickets are $3 at all other times. Visit https://www.govisland.com/ferry for timetables and ticket information. NYC Ferry offers additional daily service to Governors Island – for NYC Ferry schedules, fares and more information, visit https://ferry.nyc.
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