Rite-A-Thon previewed in the New Yorker

  • 26th August 2013


Among the other attractions in this free-and-easy classical week is the final installment of this mini-festival, under the direction of the pianists Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg, which brings both new and familiar music to a laid-back summer venue, Colonels’ Row on Governors Island.

The centennial of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” has been the hook this year, though this concert ranges pretty far afield, featuring separate sets from Goldberg (music by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Lera Auerbach) and McMillen (works by Brahms and Don Byron); Tigue Percussion (including music by Tristan Perich); a classical-world music “jam” featuring the violinist Jennifer Choi and the percussionist Justin Hines; and, to wrap up, a set with the vocalist Theo Bleckmann—“Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush!” The assisting artists include the electric violinist Caleb Burhans, the cellist Wendy Sutter, and the jazz clarinettist Don Byron. (Sept. 1, beginning at noon. No tickets required. The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Bldg.)

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