Our Next Concert

Sat Jun 25, 1pm and 3pm

At: Governors Island at Nolan Park
When: 1pm and 3pm
Rain date: Sun Jun 26
Cost: Free


Andy Akiho, Three Shades Foreshadows
JG Thirlwell, Rubatosis
Bryce Dessner, Tuusula
Paola Prestini, Listen, Quiet*
Andy Akiho, 21*
David T. Little, Two Songs from The Black Lodge*

* with Ian Rosenbaum, percussion

Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most versatile cellists of our time. He has commissioned dozens of works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. Described as “fiery”, and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” by the New York Times, he has recently given several notable premiers by Bryce Dessner, Derek Charke, John King, Paola Prestini, JG Thirlwell, Shara Worden and John Zorn. Recent collaborations include Andy Akiho, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Hauschka, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, Kimmo Pohjonen, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq and Roomful of Teeth.

Jeffrey Zeigler was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. Prior to that he was the cellist of the award winning Corigliano Quartet for six seasons.

Mr. Zeigler has released over three dozen recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Smithsonian Folkways and appears with Norah Jones on her album Not Too Late on Blue Note Records. Zeigler can also be heard on the film soundtrack for Paola Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning film, La Grande Bellezza, as well as Clint Mansell’s Golden Globe nominated soundtrack, The Fountain, featuring performances with the Scottish band, Mogwai.


Ian David Rosenbaum

Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include a performance of John Luther Adams’ evening-length percussion quartet Strange and Sacred Noise, the premiere of Epiphany – a new visual and musical installation at BAM, two performances at the Phillips Collection, and the debut tour of Music Haul, a mobile concert hall created by the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. This season, Mr. Rosenbaum will also curate a series of programs at National Sawdust, a new venue in Brooklyn.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Time Travelers and Le Train Bleu. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.


“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.”
The New Yorker

We depend on money from benefactors to allow the festival to remain free to the public.

Recent Press

Parker Quartet Previewed in WQXR

Enjoy music al fresco as the Rite of Summer Festival on Governor’s Island stages its first event on Sunday, May 29. The Boston-based Parker Quartet will play Beethoven and Bartok at the island’s stately Colonel’s Row. Read the preview

Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg in The New York Times

By ALLAN KOZINN September 5, 2011 Governors Island is a bit off the beaten path, as concert sites go. But the idea of staging a summer music festival there, devoted mostly to contemporary works, is inspired.


“Rite of Summer has an undeniable grass-roots appeal and a novel setting on the arty Governors Island.”
Steve Smith, The New York Times