2014 Schedule

Pam Goldberg and Blair McMillen are thrilled to present the fourth and busiest season yet of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2014 at Colonel's Row on Governors Island, New York City. Rite of Summer will present free outdoor concerts on four different weekends from Memorial Day until just after Labor Day. Concerts take place twice on the scheduled day, see below for times.

free concerts

© Falkwyn de Goyeneche
Sat May 31, 1pm and 3pm

Dawn of Midi

One of the most hyped and extraordinary bands to emerge in years, Dawn of Midi is an all-acoustic (but electronica-influenced) trio. The New Yorker's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, wrote "an hour flew by in what seems like minutes" after witnessing their high-wire act last year, and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad added "[I've] seriously never seen anything like these guys."

Listen to Dawn of Midi

  • "Brain-bending, seemingly impossible…" – Rolling Stone
  • "something totally unprecedented" – Pitchfork
  • "stellar… at a loss for words" – Spin

* Photos from the concert.

ETHEL © James Ewing
Sun Jul 13, 12 noon and 2pm [changed from 1pm and 3pm]

NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers with ETHEL & Iktus Percussion

Rite of Summer collaborates with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, in presenting an exhilarating afternoon of world premieres inspired by New York City and its multicultural, multifarious history. Featuring renowned ensembles ETHEL and Iktus Percussion performing seven brand new compositions by children from the Philharmonic's VYC program, two world premieres by NY Philharmonic teaching artist-composers Justin Hines and Angélica Negrón, and a few other musical surprises along the way.

* Photos from the concert.

Sat Aug 9, 1pm and 3pm

Pam Goldberg, Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney

Rite of Summer's very own, pianist and ROS co-director Pam Goldberg, will collaborate with Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney in a fabulous program titled: "American and Argentine Sounds from Bolcom to Piazzolla".

Sun Sept 7, 2pm and 4pm [changed from Sat Sept 6, 1pm and 3pm]

Grand Band

New York’s piano sextet Grand Band presents "A Bigger Picture" – performed by Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell. The New York Times calls Grand Band "the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene." They will present a program of recent works by Philip Glass, Kate Moore, Steve Reich, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon and Paul Kerekes.

Listen to Grand Band

  • "Six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene." – The New York Times

Rite of Summer 2013 on Governors Island