“For the past five years, Governors Island, a short ferry ride away from Manhattan, has been home to this rambunctious festival, which presents free afternoon concerts of top-tier musical performers.”
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Bang on a Can All-Stars in The New York Times

A Concert’s Final Note Is Provided by Nature Bang on a Can All-Stars at Rite of Summer Festival By Steve Smith What is it about summertime that makes us flock to outdoor concerts, despite their precarious nature? Some deep connection to a primordial past of fireside storytelling and open-air drum…

JACK Quartet in The New York Times

Vivid Harmonies in the Dappled Shade JACK Quartet at Rite of Summer Music Festival By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER | August 5, 2012Charles Ives represents the newer end of the compositional spectrum on many programs. But as the cellist Kevin McFarland said before the JACK Quartet’s performance of the second movement of…

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